Rhinotracheitis in cats
Does your cat always seem to have a
cold? Do they sneeze globs of nasal discharge on you and every surface of your
home? Have they been treated with antibiotics, yet the symptoms returned shortly
after treatment? If so, then your cat probably has a chronic upper respiratory
viral infection known collectively as "Rhinotracheitis". Although several
different viruses are associated with this disease, Herpes is often the culprit.
Rhino, as it is called, is very
infectious and is readily passed from cat to cat. It is often found in barn and
feral cats. Rhino is not usually fatal, except to the very young or old.
However, it is a nuisance to the owners of indoor cats.
Viruses are notoriously difficult to
eradicate. Antibiotics are only effective short term, and repeated dosing may
promote antibiotic resistance and other problems. There are some things you can do to reduce the symptoms,
but be aware that total eradication may not be possible.
When a cat has a chronic health
problem such as rhino, their immune system is impaired. It is distracted by the
war against the pathogen, and may not be able to successfully respond to new
threats. The gut microflora are part of that system, and they guard the gates to
the castle (the body). A concentrated probiotic such as MSE Liquid Rescue
provides fresh reinforcements.
Prevention of the spread of rhino
to other cats
The daily feeding of MSE Natural
Defense or MSE Liquid Rescue (shake the former on dry food and mix about 1 teaspoon
of the latter into canned cat food) protects asymptomatic cats which live in the same household with
affected animals, but under normal conditions. If the unaffected cat experiences
something stressful, such as a visit to the vet or strangers in the house, they may still become susceptible.
If the stress can be anticipated, the asymptomatic cat should be pretreated with MSE
Liquid Rescue. Otherwise, treat as soon as possible after
the stressful event. More than one treatment is recommended.
A combination of strategies can
reduce symptoms in an affected cat to an occasional sniff. This entails the
daily feeding of MSE Liquid Rescue (can also be purchased in larger quantities
as MSE Drench at the Farm Store) mixed in canned cat food once or maybe twice a
day, every day. Twice a day will protect the cat from unanticipated stresses,
which can provoke the reappearance of symptoms.
The second part of this strategy
involves a vaccine for upper respiratory viruses from your vet. This is normally
required twice a year, but may only be needed once a year when used in tandem
with Liquid Rescue. The shot by itself does not cure the disease, and does not
entirely eliminate symptoms. It may protect unaffected cats, but for only six
The daily use of MSE Liquid Rescue,
along with a yearly vaccination, may help you rediscover a wonderful pet.
If the affected cat has other
chronic health problems, he or she is more vulnerable to changes in the
household. A double whammy of rhino and say allergies or FIP make the cat more
susceptible to illness than one with just rhino. This is because the immune
system is already under siege, further pressures can easily knock down the
animal's defenses. Such cats may require MSE Liquid Rescue twice a day, every
day, to life-threatening conditions. Often such stressed cats will stop eating
and antibiotics are required to get them eating again. Be aware of food intake
in such cats, prolonged anorexia can lead to hepatic lipidosis. This is a
serious condition and requires veterinary intervention. An affected cat will
literally starve itself to death.
When starting a cat or cats on
Liquid Rescue, it is strongly recommended that one start with a quarter of the
full dose and GRADUALLY increase it. This is because Liquid Rescue is very
concentrated and can significantly impact the microbes of the gut. It is usually
best to allow a period of two weeks for the gut microflora to reorganize. Larger
doses are recommended for cats that are sick and are not eating.
Liquid Rescue, even at higher doses
given orally may not be enough to get an anorexic cat eating again. In this
case, antibiotics are necessary. MSE can be fgiven at the same time as
antibiotics, but a larger dose is recommended. Cats resent ANYTHING being
squirted in their mouths, no matter what they taste like. Liquid Rescue contains
vitamins that make it bitter, this is why mixing with cat food is recommended.
Cats will let you know if you put in
too much Liquid Rescue, they will try to cover the plate or bowl as if it was
poop. Gradual acclimation allows the cat to get used to the taste..
MSE Liquid Rescue is available at:
MSE Liquid Rescue., and MSE Microbial Drench can be found here: http://naturs-way.netfirms.com/estore/nfoscomm/catalog/
MSE Microbial drench is available in quart ($40) and gallon ($136) sizes and
should be stored in the refrigerator. MSE Liquid Rescue or MSE Microbial drench
will keep in the refrigerator for more than a year if stored this way.
Please contact animal nutritionist Lark
Burnham if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She has lived several years with rhino, and uses the above strategies to control
symptoms in her cats.