Feline Chlamydia Treatment Options

Feline chlamydia is a bacteria-based disease that causes upper respiratory infection in cats. Many different viruses cause cat respiratory infections, with feline calicivirus being the most common. Cat chlamydia, while a serious threat and a potentially chronic disease, is easily preventable through vaccination and cured by antibiotics and replacement fluid therapy.

Before you can treat your cat for feline chlamydia, you must first be certain that your cat is suffering from the disease. Recognize the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection so that you may quickly respond at first detection. Early treatment is crucial for very old and very young cats for a speedy and full recovery.

Symptoms of Feline Chlamydia

Watch for any of the following symptoms of feline chlamydia:

  • Conjunctivitis (a swelling of the eyes)
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose and mouth
  • Lethargy or general malaise
  • Reduced appetite, especially in young cats
  • Coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing

If you suspect that your cat may have an upper respiratory infection or feline chlamydia, take him to a veterinarian for a thorough examination immediately. In order to diagnose your cat, the veterinarian will conduct a complete physical examination and take a sample of discharge from the eyes or nose in order to conduct a bacteria test.

Treatment Options for Feline Chlamydia

A variety of treatment options exist for feline chlamydia. Typically, a veterinarian will prescribe a form of antibiotics to combat the bacteria. Tetracycline or steroid-based antibiotics are commonly used to treat it. These products are applied topically or orally. For cats suffering from conjunctivitis, you may need to apply the ointment directly to the eyes. As with any drug that is administered directly into the eye, use extreme caution and care when giving your cat a dose of tetracycline.

Many upper respiratory infections caused by feline chlamydia result in dehydration. In this case, your vet may recommend a replacement fluid therapy program to rehydrate your cat.

For most cases of feline chlamydia, a 3-week antibiotic treatment program will cure all symptoms. However, if your cat suffers from an underlying virus or from chronic chlamydia, his symptoms may return shortly after discontinuing the antibiotics, or they may be unresponsive to drug treatments in general. In these cases, speak with a veterinarian about further treatment options.

Preventing Feline Chlamydia

Feline chlamydia is spread through contact with infected animals. If you know that your cat is infected, keep him isolated from other pets and animals. Similarly, keep your pet away from animals that you know suffer from chlamydia.

Additionally, vaccinate your cat with the FVRCP vaccine as recommended by your veterinarian. This vaccine will greatly reduce the chances of your cat developing an upper respiratory infection.

Recognize the symptoms of feline chlamydia and know how best to protect your cat against the disease. Act quickly to treat your cat and consult with a veterinarian for further information or questions.