Chlamydia In Cats: Symptoms And Treatment

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Chlamydia In Cats: Symptoms And Treatment
Chlamydia In Cats: Symptoms And Treatment

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Feline chlamydia is a chronic respiratory disease provoked by intracellular infectious microorganisms. This disease is characterized by conjunctivitis and underdeveloped symptoms of respiratory diseases with a possible complication in the form of pneumonia.


  • 1 Formation of the disease
  • 2 Symptoms of chlamydia in cats
  • 3 Prevalence of the disease
  • 4 Treatment of chlamydia
  • 5 Prevention of disease
  • 6 Conclusion

Disease formation

Pets are susceptible to diseases such as chlamydia, including cats. Chlamydia causes Chlamydia psittaci in cats to live and reproduce within the cells, making treatment more difficult. Most often, microorganisms infect the upper respiratory tract. This disease in cats causes a chronic form of a moderate respiratory infection.

Despite the fact that the main cells for the localization of chlamydia are precisely the cells of the respiratory tract, infection of the cells of the stomach, reproductive system and intestines is not excluded. In dogs, chlamydia does not cause serious complications and practically does not pose a danger to the animal.

Specialists refer to the risk factors for the development of the disease:

  • respiratory infections;
  • lack of timely vaccination;
  • keeping animals in large numbers in one area.

Chlamydia in cats causes the infection of several important systems at once, while causing concomitant diseases:

  1. The defeat of the respiratory system. It provokes the development of moderate rhinitis, bronchitis and bronchiolitis. With rhinitis, inflammation of the nasopharynx is observed, bronchitis provokes inflammation of the large bronchi, and bronchiolitis causes inflammation of the small bronchi.

  2. Eye damage. It provokes the emergence of a chronic form of unilateral conjunctivitis, in quite rare cases, a bilateral form of the disease is diagnosed.
  3. Infection of the gastrointestinal tract. Infection of this system usually does not show clinical symptoms.
  4. Damage to the reproductive system. Infection of this system directly in cats does not cause clinical symptoms, but in other animals this type of disease can cause miscarriages.

Symptoms of chlamydia in cats

Symptoms of chlamydia in cats are often attributed to concurrent infections with other underlying medical conditions. Most often, the owners notice changes in the behavior of the animal, but rarely attribute them to manifestations of chlamydia.


In most cases, there are not many signs of the disease, but they can be easily confused with other diseases with similar manifestations:

  • lack or decreased appetite (the cat may refuse food and water);
  • conjunctivitis in most cases is of the granulation (granular) form (it can manifest itself both as unilateral and bilateral);
  • photophobia (the animal squints at the light), profuse lacrimation, blepharospasm (reflexive closure of the eyelids in the absence of an obvious stimulus), reddening of the white of the eyes;
  • frequent sneezing and moderate to mild runny nose.

Disease prevalence

In fact, this disease in animals is rare: according to laboratory studies, approximately 10% of cats suffer from a chronic form of chlamydia. Outbreak incidents occur in much the same way as respiratory disease outbreaks. In most cases, this occurs in areas of large concentrations of animals. There is no genetic predisposition to chlamydia in cats. The diagnosis of the disease is not influenced by the breed of the animal.

Chlamydia treatment

In most cases, infected animals do not need hospitalization, and their treatment can be carried out independently by the owners at home, but only in the absence of complications


During treatment, it is important to reduce the activity of the cat and minimize its movement. It is important to isolate an infected animal from a healthy one and in no case be allowed out into the street. No diet is required - regular food is fine.

Prevention of the disease

To avoid contamination of your pet with chlamydia, it is important not to ignore such an event as mandatory vaccination. Moreover, inactivated and modified vaccines are designed directly to reduce the severity of the developing infection.

Unfortunately, none of the existing drugs is able to completely prevent infection, but can significantly reduce clinical symptoms to a mild form and shorten their duration. In high-risk areas, cats are vaccinated twice: at 8-10 weeks and at 12-14 weeks. After a two-stage vaccination, it must be repeated annually.


Symptoms and treatment of chlamydia in cats is a rather serious issue that requires immediate specialist intervention to minimize the likelihood of transmission of the disease to humans. Treatment at home in the absence of complications can be quite successful. In any case, timely vaccination of the animal is the best solution for a quick cure for chlamydia.

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