A breeders nightmare! It's horrifying to think that nearly 99% of Felines carry the virus. Yet, many never show any signs or symptoms of it. It is very contagious. Most cats or kittens that have outbreaks usually have another undelying illness, such as a weakened immune system. The Herpes virus is simular to the human cold. It can cause watery eyes, sneezing, and congestion. The problem is, if gone untreated, although viral, it can turn into an upper resperatory infection (URI) or an eye infection (CONJUCTIVITOUS). These types of infections can cause permanant damage, or even become fatal. So, What can we do to manage this? Build the immune system. Add Pro-biotics and Lysine to our Felines diets on a regular basis. Not only will this help stengthen the immune system, but it will help one cat spreading the virus to another. It is also very important to keep a clean enviorment. Not just using air cleaners, but clean smocks to wear for each litter or group of felines you handle. Germs are transfered, more often then not, from you. Hand sanatizer is great, but should be used along with gloves. If you cuddle your babies, as we all love to do, so they get used to our scent, make sure you use a sanitary wipe around your neck and face before handleing the next litter. You notice a feline with watery eyes, or even crusty eyes. Use warm compreses several times a day to keep the area clean. Start them on the recomended dose of Clavamox and Terrimycin ointment twice a day. If not treated properly the eye could become ulserated. This could leave a permanent glaze over the eye, or could cause an internal infection that may, in rare cases, become fatal. Always seek the advice of your Veterinarian. If your feline is congested, sneezing or coughing, seek the advice of your Veterinarian. It is likely they will start a regiment of Clavamox, but there are simple things you can also do at home. There are great Homo Theropy products available now that can given to new borns and pregnant Queens as well. Pet Alive offers these products and can be used in conjuction with other home remodies. Often times you may treat your feline as you would yourself. Move them to a smaller room, such as the bath room, run a vaporizor, periodic steam from the shower. Use a Vicks Vapor Plug in. Make your own salt water nose drops. Use an exhasperator to help keep the nose clear and vasaline if it becomes dry or raw. You may even use a childrens decongestant, check with your Veterinarian for proper dosage. Some cases of Feline Herpes can be quite severe and may require IV Fluids. Know the early signs, and prevent weeks of stress for you and your pet.