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Author Topic: If Smoggy has herpes, can I stiil adopt another cat?  (Read 5341 times)
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« on: April 08, 2011, 04:37:59 PM »

I am thinking about adopting another kitten, but now with the possibility that Smoggy may have herpes, should I not adopt the kitten? I don't want the little one to get sick. I've don't some searching online, but if anyone has some good links on feline herpes, I would love to see them. The little I've read online has kind of made me upset. I didn't realize that it can be serious and that the kitty will have it for life. If Smoggy has herpes, Stormy most certainly is infected now too and I feel bad about that.  Sad
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 05:49:08 PM »

Hi Ned, I have a cat with herpes. The other cats haven't ever caught it. I don't know why, but it hasen't affected them.
how old is the kitten you want to adopt, and has it had all of it's shots?
And what makes you think that Smoggy has herpes?
hope this helps a little.
My cat was born with it and has had it for 14 years. It seems to flare up with stress .
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 06:19:17 PM »

Oreo may have it, no firm diagnosis other than upper respitory[sp?] infection when we adopted him & seasonal sneezing. Punkin never had a problem other than when we 1st adopted them. My old next door neighbor had 2 cats ,1 with herpes & the other never caught it either. Precious took lysine daily & had every other day shots of interfon during allergy seasons. I think you need to look at overall life, if the kitten may not get a good home without you then better to adopt him & take a chance. If you are sure he may find another good home, then think on it. Many multi cat homes have 1 with a disease that never spreads though. And Lysine is pretty cheap & easily crushed & mixed into wet food.
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 06:30:14 PM »

More links for you, Ned:

http://www.askthecatdoctor.com/felineherpes.html

http://www.vetinfo.com/feline-rhinotracheitis-virus.html

Vaccination will definitely help. The problem is that usually, kitten will get this before they're able to be vaccinated -- especially in rescue shelter situations. Even if they don't have direct contact with others, they'll still get it. I remember weeks when this would just take over the shelter I volunteered at and it was awful trying to get all the cats through it, but in the four years I was there, there was not one death. Not even tiny kittens. We syringe fed them and steamed them and gave them their Zithromax and they all made it through just fine. The biggest thing to contend with if they get sick is their lack of appetite because they can't smell, so you have to syringe feed. Lysine helps and Viralys is available as a syrup which is easy to give them. As far as I know, they're only contagious when they're sick so isolation at that time is important.

I wouldn't rule out getting a kitten because of this and I really think that Stormy is strong enough to fight something like this off if it came around. I've wrestled with many things like this when adopting other cats and for the most part, I've just taken them off the street and given them homes -- just checking for FIV and FeLV. Red was FIV+ and he probably had many other viruses floating around his little body including herpes and possibly calicivirus but I wouldn't have traded that cat for the world. He really deserved a home after all he'd been through.
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 06:33:57 PM »

Adopt the kitten!  I have three cats from the same mom that have herpes.  One had corneal ulcerations and another was born blind because of it, the youngest gets frequent upper respiratory infections that clear up in a few days.  No one else (not that I will divulge that number  Grin) has gotten it and they've all been together for ten years - sharing bedding, water fountains, litter boxes, etc.  I give the three lysine daily.  I wouldn't let that be a reason not to adopt another into your home.  
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2011, 06:50:22 PM »

I'd say adopt the kitten after it is old enough to have gotten its vaccinations, which should protect it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2011, 07:36:23 PM »

I whole-heartedly agree with the others.  I have one with herpes and the others have never been affected. 
I was wondering what makes you think Smoggy has herpes, also.

Like Trudy, mine was born with it and stress causes occasional flare ups.
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2011, 07:48:11 PM »

I believe Ned posted that his vet mentioned it as a possible reason for Smoggy's recent illness.

Ned, it sounds like this is something a cat even with a compromised immune system can live with with the proper care.
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2011, 09:28:07 PM »

I've had cats in the past that had it and didn't give it to my other cats too.  I think that's more of a problem where they are crowded in shelter or fostering situations.  L-lysine seems to help with outbreaks.
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2011, 07:27:03 PM »

Ok, I feel better now that I've read your stories about herpes kitties and also the links bug posted. Now I see that the shots they get at 8 weeks have the vaccine for herpes as well as others. I didn't know that was all included in their shots! So I'm sure Stormy is fine even if Smoggy has it. She has never shown any signs of sickness. Smoggy was sick when I got him. We were focused on his UTI so perhaps weren't paying attention to his runny nose. He only had a little bit of nose crusties and no other signs of URI. Right now he has been squinting his eye and sneezing a few times and those are the only symptoms. The vet said he could have herpes or allergies. He has conjunctivitis in both eyes so I have an ointment to apply twice a day (he doesn't like that at all).

The kitty I'm thinking of adopting is between 3-4 weeks old right now so she will be 8 - 9 weeks by the time I get her. She will have had her shots by then, but how long does it take for the vaccine to start working? I'll see the adoption people tomorrow and I may see the little kitty sometime next week!
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2011, 08:41:25 PM »

You normally see the effects of any vaccine over the course of a couple of days. Their bodies are usually challenged right away and they start forming antibodies. You can often see them feeling a little under the weather within 24 hours and they might not eat very well. That's their systems developing defenses. It's a pretty quick reaction especially if the vet is using an adjuvanted vaccine (which I'm not crazy about). Adjuvant amplifies the defense reaction but it often contains additives that can contribute to allergic reactions and other things. I specifically ask for non-adjuvanted.
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2011, 07:37:12 PM »

She will have her first shots a week or two before I would bring her home. Will that be enough time to develop some defenses? I didn't get to talk to the adoption people today as they decided not to have an adoption event this week.
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2011, 05:47:58 AM »

2 weeks should be plenty of time to be over any reactions and start to develop immunity.
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2011, 06:13:01 AM »

OOOOh, clues!  It's going to be a she!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2011, 10:47:53 PM »

I'll check with the adoption place to see when exactly she'll have her shots. I'm sure they'll spay her too although I would rather wait until she is older for that. I think they will let me do a foster to adopt and maybe we can delay her spay for a bit. If I'm going to adopt her of course! Wink
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