Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Simon has Feline Herpes

          Simon was found in the green belt behind our house in a box with other abandonded kittens. He was the only one to survive his ordeal. When he was found, he was small enough to fit in my hand and was fed with an eye dropper until he was well. When he was old enough he was given to us. The finders couldn't keep him because of a jealous dog. He developed swollen. red, pussy eyes before long. After numerous trips to the vets and much money thrown in to treat the eye problem, it was discovered that he had feline herpes. The herpes causes his eyes to flare up so when is eyes are red and swollen we call it a flare up.
          Our First question was: Is this contageous to people? And the second question was: Can our other cats catch it? We were relieved to find out that it is not contageous to people but other cats can be infected, and in fact, our other cats probably have the virus but it is not manifesting.
          The main treatment that seems to offer Simon relief from his infected eyes is a nice tasting paste that comes in a pump-action bottle called Enisyl-F. I put a shot of the squirty stuff on my finger and he gingerly licks it off like it's candy.
          We've also tried antibiotics and interferon, but to no avail. I would like to hear from anyone who has a remedy for this situation or is going through the same thing to leave a comment. Thank you.

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