Bordetella bronchiseptica infection in catteries and rescue shelters

Anyone with experience of cats knows the importance of routine healthcare. One of the biggest dangers when cats are kept in close contact (such as in a cattery) is an outbreak of infectious respiratory disease or 'cat flu'..

Cat flu is not caused by a single bug but the term describes similar signs caused by infection with one or more different bugs. Two important respiratory viruses (feline herpes virus and feline calici virus) have been recognised and the standard cat flu vaccination provides protection against disease caused by these 2 viruses.

Many people have noticed that, despite adequate vaccination policies against these 2 viruses and maintenance of good management practices within their cat colonies, respiratory disease was still occurring. Recent research into respiratory diseases of cats has revealed the importance of a new bug: Bordetella bronchiseptica (more simply known as Bb). Bb is well-known as a cause of kennel cough in dogs. There is now plenty of evidence to show that Bb is also a significant cause of respiratory problems in catteries.

This site is designed to provide you with the information you need to make decisions about management issues within your cattery that will help to protect your resident cats from Bb. You will also find information about the disease that can help you communicate with your cat-owning clients.

No owner likes to board their cat whilst travelling - make sure you give their pet the ultimate care whilst they are away.

No owner likes to board their cat whilst travelling - make sure you give their pet the ultimate care whilst they are away.