Marlborough SPCA is currently experiencing an outbreak of feline influenza (also known as snuffles or cat flu). This is a contagious viral disease that is usually quite mild but can produce severe signs of respiratory distress such as coughing, sneezing or runny eyes. If secondary infection occurs antibiotics maybe indicated.
All cats and kittens available for adoption have had alteast one vaccination against this. Some may have had signs of the flu but have had a clear veterinary check. These animals can be adopted - infact they will benefit from the comforts of a private home and a loving owner. However if an animal you have adopted starts sneezing or coughing or goes off its food then please contact the SPCA on 572 9156.
If you plan to visit the SPCA or wish to adopt, you must be aware that our cats have been exposed to the virus. Its extremely contagious to other cats. The vaccine which can help you protect your cat from cat flu virus won't stop your cat getting the flu but it will reduce the symptions that occur. All SPCA cats have had this vaccination but can still pass on the virus. If you have cats at home or you visit homes with cats regularly, please postpone your visit.
Cat flu can kill old, very young or weak cats and vet advice should be sought if your cat shows any of these symptoms: sneezing, coughing, congested breathing, loss of appetite, lethargy, lameness, temperature/fever, ulcers on the tongue, roof of the mouth, lip or tip of nose, dribbling from the mouth or difficulty eating.