Picasso has been symptomatic for 7 days. The whole of his litter is believed to have the virus, although 2 of the kittens only sneezed for a day. It started 2 weeks ago with the first sign. His sister was the kitten tested positive as she had blood from her nose, which concerned me which is why I asked for the tests to be carried out. After taking antibiotics for just a day her symptoms were almost non-existent. Picasso was the last to get it and has been in isolation for all 7 days. He is eating well, doesn't sneeze often but when he does there is also bright red blood. The antibiotic my vet is talking about, but she didn't mention the name, is 3/4 of a tablet just once but I would have to buy all 10 as they can't get it in smaller quantities. Would it be prudent to buy it and treat all the kittens? I am a breeder of Maine Coons and this is the first time in 5 years I have had any problem. My vet did suggest I kept the kitten as he may well be an acute carrier and have severe problems for the rest of his life, but this is obviously not an option.
Many help in what deccision to make is appreciated
Thank you for your answers. The new owners are aware that the litter has been tested and the results. It is just knowing if this is likely to be a regular occurance.
In the UK cats are inoculated every year.
My vet did say if I were a farmer he would expect me to 'cull' all livestock. Not happening.
I will just have to be as careful as is practical.
I did read that if you stress your queen 3 weeks prior to kittening it would increase her antibodies if she had the virus and shed. A stressful situation was classed as the room she would go into to have her kittens.