How do I avoid FHV reoccurring?
After being infected with FHV, most cats remain latently infected. This means the virus persists in their nerve cells, so infected cats effectively become life-long carriers of the virus. It’s vital that you keep your cat’s litter trays and bedding clean to prevent the spread of FHV.
Many cats don’t spread the virus so aren’t a risk to others. However, some cats will intermittently spread the virus again – this is more common after episodes of stress or when the cat’s immune system is suppressed. When virus is spread again, some cats will also develop mild clinical signs.
If you’re thinking of adopting a cat with FHV
Make sure you review the clinical history of your new cat and ask for more details on how the disease was treated. You’ll need to sign a disclaimer to confirm you’ve been made aware of the condition. Any cat who’s had treatment is likely to have pet insurance exclusions, so it’s worth discussing potential on-going costs with your vet.