Chlamydophila felis formerly known as Chlamydia Psittaci

This disease is caused by an unusual bacteria, which like most viruses, does not survive well outside of the cat.  It primarily causes a conjunctivitis or eye infection, but it can also infect the upper respiratory tract. This disease is less common than the other respiratory infections and probably causes only about 5% of feline respiratory disease. The most common symptoms include reddened, inflamed eyes that have a watery or pussy discharge.  Some cats may also have sneezing, coughing, and a low grade fever. As with most bacteria this organism is susceptible to antibiotic treatment. This disease is also highly contagious and vaccines are available to help protect cats against it, and to reduce the severity of symptoms in those cats who do get infected. 

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