Benson was originally brought into the Launceston Veterinary clinic as a stray by a good Samaritan. He had a severe case of cat flu: with very weepy eyes and nose. His eyelids were stuck together, initially hiding his quite deep corneal ulcer. He also had very sore mouth ulcers, which made it very painful to eat.
As Benson was a stray cat with an unknown vaccination history, he had to be tested for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV). We tested for these viruses as he was showing some of the symptoms but luckily Benson's results came back as negative and his diagnosis was just a severe case of Cat Flu, which is treatable.
Cat flu is a combination of Feline Herpes virus and Feline Calicivirus. Both viruses are highly contagious and while all cats are at risk, young kittens are especially susceptible. Symptoms include runny eyes, nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, mouth ulcers, loss of appetite. In young kittens it can also cause a fever and can quickly lead to dehydration. Luckily most cats make a good recovery with appropriate veterinary care and attentive nursing at home. Unfortunately, even after a full recovery, the cats can continue to carry the virus and spread the infection to other cats. Furthermore, in times of stress, cat flu can recur, although normally with less severe symptoms.
Benson was adopted by one of our generous clients Carrie and has settled in very well in his new home. After several courses of medication, many trips to the vet and attentive home nursing Benson has now returned to good health. He is a loving kitten with a very big personality and is extremely loved and spoilt by his new mum. All the staff at the Launceston Veterinary Clinic enjoyed having him in for revisits as he loved cuddles and was extremely smoochy, it was great to see how much he had improved upon each visit. We are very glad Benson is now a healthy and happy kitten and we look forward to seeing him in the future for his next vaccination.