Lynne, there is a great herpes yahoo group that I belong to. You might look 
into it. My vet thinks 2 of my cats may have this virus. Stress causes it to 
flare. It can cause eye (and mouth?) problems. I give L-lysine twice a day 
during a flare up. I have never had to do more than that with mine whose 
symtoms are minor. Winston occasionally (about once a year) gets an unexplained 
high fever and quits eating. My vet thinks it's related to the herpes. He 
recovers with anti-biotics. I don't think herpes is a big deal in most cats.

I do think it can be spread, though if my 2 have it the other 5 didn't get it. 
Also, my vet didn't warn me about contagion when he told me he thought Lucy may 
have herpes (cat number 5) or when he told me he thought Winston had it (cat 
number 7). Mine have not been tested for it so can't say for certain that they 
have this. Lucy's eyes run with clear tears when she is stressed and Winston 
winks his eyes and they get red rimmed when he is stressed. 

You might ask the shelter/vet what they will do to reduce her stress during and 
after her spay. Getting her out of the shelter is a GREAT way to reduce her 

Congrats if you adopt her!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 2:53 PM
  Subject: Herpes virus

  Could any of you give me some first hand info and experience with the herpes 
virus in cats.  There is this young cat I saw a picture of who is in a rescue 
shelter at the moment . The poor little thing was a total wreck when this woman 
took her in and she is now in the process of getting her eyes cleaned up.  They 
look a whole lot better than they did before this woman got hold of her.  
Apparently the vet who is taking care of the cat said her eyes would have to be 
cleaned at least twice a day and when and if she has flareups the appropriate 
treatment will have to be given.  She is being spayed very shortly and is going 
to be up for adoption fairly soon.  I said I would take her probably because 
she reminded me a lot of BooBoo.  She's all white and from the picture looks 
like she may have persian in her.  She has that same flat little face that Boo 
did.  Would I be getting myself into something like I just went through with 
Boo or is there more hope for these animals. This kitty has tested negative for 
feline leukemia.  I haven't even told my husband yet.  I just blurted out that 
I would take her.  I don't even know if I'll be chosen anyway.  


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