Symptoms of cat calici and changes of survival?

we got him at the spca and they neutered him before we could bring him home. when we got him home he was very sick and they told us he got an upper respiratory infection. we took him to the vet and he was dehydrated and had calici. very worried. what do I do? are the symptoms and chances of survival?

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    The symptoms of feline calcivirus are a fever, runny nose and eyes, sometimes pneumonia, ulceration of the tongue and sometimes the hard palate and lips and rarely arthritis and bleeding throughout the body. Prevention is by vaccination. Unvaccinated cats easily catch this virus when they are stressed and exposed to many other cats. Cats often become dehydrated and don't eat because they can't smell and it is uncomfortable to eat and drink. In these cases supportive care with fluids is needed. Tempting him with soft favorite foods is essential to get him to eat. Antibiotics are important to prevent secondary bacterial infections. Most cats improve in about a week but some of the newer strains of the virus are more lethal and these viral strains can kill many of the cats that are infected very quickly. Has he been tested for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus? These viruses would suppress his immune system and make him sicker. Your cats chances of survival depend on his health before he caught the virus and what strain he has contracted. Kara, DVM

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