June 19, 2024

Lysine for cats

Linda (Rita's cat)
Linda (Rita’s cat) (Photo credit: MissBlythe)

Lysine for Cats or L-lysine is an amino acid used to treat respiratory ailments and prevent feline herpes growth in the body of cats. Feline herpes is one of the respiratory infections caused by herpes virus. The virus is contacted through the air and reproduces in the upper part of the respiratory tract of a cat. Most cats contact this highly contagious disease from their mothers or by living in a place or environment where a lot of stray cats constantly interact.

The symptoms of this disease include, sneezing, sinus congestion, eye discharge and squinting. The feline infection only affects cats and does not affect humans or dogs. Most cats are infected with this virus at one time or the other in their life time. This makes it imperative for all cat owners to be sensitized about this infection, its preventive measures and cure. One of the very effective methods of treating this feline herpes is by feeding your cat with daily dose of Cat L-lysine supplements.

To treat symptoms of herpes in cats, lysine products which are dietary supplements of amino acid should be given to infected cats. Even though most cats with the help of their immune system can withstand the herpes virus, some cats can only endure this to a point. Such cats usually experience chronic symptoms which to a great extent can be suppressed by lysine supplements.

Hence, in spite of the myriads of antiviral and antibiotic medications available in the market today, most ophthalmologists who are veterinary advice that the oral form of lysine be used for cats infected with the virus called herpes. The lysine product is administered by either adding it to the food of the cat or placing it far into the mouth of the cat.

Although lysine pills are quite effective in treating feline herpes and is available in the market, it does undermine seeking the approval of a competent veterinarian before using it on your cat because the dosage to be administered will differ according to the cat’s size, eating habit and medical history. Whenever a cat is being treated for herpes, it should be isolated from other cats to inhibit the spread of the deadly virus. You should also wash your hands adequately with soap and plenty of water after feeding or touching the cat.

If there is no sign of improvement on the cat’s health, then it’s time to visit a competent veterinarian to diagnose for other causes of vomiting, sneezing, infection and so on and also get the suitable medications. Bear in mind that it is possible for the infection to reoccur. Therefore, periodic checkups and subsequent treatment is of absolute necessity.

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