Originally Posted by newfostermom
I,m sending vibes and prayers too. How do you know it is calcivirus, not some other virus? I'm just curious because I have been caring for a very sick pregnant momma....the vet keeps saying no way to tell which virus for sure. What are the sick kitties symptoms?
Is she on an antibiotic?? Cepha drops are really taking away the worst of it for Patches who is due any time now! So sad to hear you lost a kitten. How old was he??
Thanks for all the good vibes everyone! The symptoms of calicivirus in adults is blisters in the mouth and stomach, drooling (since blisters swell the mouth), problems with digestion (i.e. diarrhea) and in the kittens it appears as weakness in the limbs (or pain - when i found abigail she was holding one paw up and limping, and had little coordination). There is no medication for it, just pain relievers so that they little ones will keep eating until they can fight it off. They way i knew was from the two rescue directors who combined have about 50 years of experience....and have seen it before. It's fatal in 50% of kittens (and it was what I lost Archie too last month). Abigail is showing some signs of recovery...but it may be that the pain meds are masking it. I'm keeping an eye on her, and making sure she keeps eating.
Hope patches starts feeling better too!
ps: calicivirus is covered in regular vaccines so if your cat is been vaccinated then they are probably safe.