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Upper Respitory 'cat flu' and other questions...

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Not too long ago I took my 3 year old neutered male Sven in because he was acting really sick. Fever, vomitted up mucus, coughing, meow turned from a very loud sound to a scratchy, 'I smoked 2 packs a day for 30 years' meow, acting really lethargic etc.

The vet checked him out and game him antibiotics, and he's fine now. However, now his sister is showing some of the same symptoms, just not nearly as severe. I'm going to watch her a day or so and if she doesn't recover on her own, she's going in as well.

But a few questions here, having read a few articles and even a thread here on this FIP thing and feline corona virus. I didn't want to derail the other thread so ...anyway...

I did get, about a month and a half ago, a kitten from a private owner that had several cats kept in not so nice conditions. He was 8 weeks old when I got him, and had a runny nose, sneeze, and a bit of eye goop. However that's pretty much cleared up, and he tested neg. for Feline LK and has been wormed and had his first year's shots...and is all set to go get fixed in a month. He was 2 lbs at 8 weeks and when I took him in last for his 2nd worming at 12 weeks, he was 3lbs, so he's growing and gaining weight and all that normally.

But the thing is, could he have brought this corona virus with him since he came from a place with half-feral and not so well taken care of cats, and that is what has caused the flu like symptoms in my 2 older cats? They are strictly indoor cats and have had no exposure to other cats since they were 5 weeks old when I brought them home from the shelter.

If so, how worried should I be? What's the chance it'll turn into something major if it -is - this corona virus? Sven recovered and is back to normal, and his sister Poopers, while showing less severe but still 'cold-like' signs, is still eating and doing most of her normal things (though her meow is a bit scratchy...) Or am I over thinking this and it's really just a cat flu?
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I volunteer with the local HS. What I can tell you is this:

Kitten have very weak immune systems. They are prone to Upper Respiratory Infections. URIs are spread via the air. Any resident cats will be stressed due to the new addition & their immune systems weakened. It isn't that far of a leap to say that the kitten had a URI. Then the adults got it as well.
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