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I haven’t seen any positive reviews for arginine supplements either. But at least I don’t feel badly about having cats who need to eat meat! I have to say however, Lysine does seem to take down a cold sore right away for me and my husband. It could have been anything as your cat could have been given other medication, could have had a severe eye irritation that cleared up as soon as the foreign body was removed, or any other such thing could have happened. Anecdotally, it appears that some cats might benefit more than others from the administration of l-lysine. If an infected cat sneezes, airborne viral particles can be sprayed several meters through the air. Just that you think it helped your cat’s mysterious eye problem. It is a theory. Admittedly, there’s only one study that suggests it made symptoms worse. The feline herpes virus is one of two types of viruses that cause most of the upper respiratory infections in cats. It is also important for normal growth and muscle turnover, and to build carnitine, a substance found in most of your cells! amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Calicivirus on the other hand usually gets the cat sick one time, though they may end up infected for months, years, or their entire life. Though, if you’re still interested in trying lysine supplements for your cats, you can find some on Amazon or Chewy. amzn_assoc_linkid = "0d6c51aaec9f59986940c35094a8ac40"; These cats gave birth to … L-lysine aids in protein synthesis and is involved in tissue repair and maintenance. Two of my cats in fact could not do without it — within a week they will have sever eye issues and will be sneezing out awful snot if they do not have it. She once trapped, neutered and vaccinated, and relocated over 40 cats with only one volunteer to help her. I stick to diluted apple cider vinegar on my cat’s fur since that is actually anti-viral and works wonders. My Mother’s father had a successful dairy farm in the Stoney Rises of western Victoria, Australia. No vet I know would remove an eye from an upper respiratory infection unless that eye had completely ruptured. I’m mostly veggie myself, but I have a horrible vitamin deficiency on a regular diet so already have to supplement already and my doctor vetoed vegetarianism or veganism for me completely unless I go veggie with fish (which I don’t like eating fish, so that’s completely not an option). This virus cannot be spread from a cat to other species, including humans. Although viral infections do not respond to antibacterial drugs, broad spectrum antibacterial drugs (e.g., amoxicillin-clavulanic acid combination, brand name Clavamox®) may be prescribed in an effort to prevent secondary bacterial infections from complicating the disease, particularly in kittens. In most cases, a presumptive diagnosis of a calicivirus infection is based on the characteristic clinical signs, especially if ulcers are present. In addition, following good sanitation and hygiene practices, such as washing your hands thoroughly before and after petting another cat, will reduce the likelihood that you will spread the disease to your cat. In addition, herpes virus will take up L-lysine preferentially over arginine. It could have actually been something that lysine actually helped, for whatever reason, and not a feline upper respiratory infection at all. Maybe your cat was lysine deficient. (Though no evidence shows it does reduce arginine in cats). Signs of calicivirus or other URIs include the following: Nasal discharge (typically clear colored but may progress to pus-colored) Sneezing Inappetance/anorexia Discharge from the eyes (typically clear colored but can progress to pus-colored) Squinting of … Objective: To examine the effects of orally administered L-lysine on clinical signs of feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1) infection and ocular shedding of FHV-1 in latently infected cats. The better the nutrients a cat ingests, the better the cat’s overall health is, including the immune system. Approximately 10% of cats housed in small groups are infected, while up to 90% of those housed in more crowded conditions, such as in shelters and breeding catteries, may be infected. Science and evidence is always evolving based on new evidence all the time. I simply chose the least cruel options I can, eat as little meat as possible, and supplement what my doctor recommends. FHV and other upper respiratory infections cause sneezing, congestion, runny or inflamed eyes, coughing, or other symptoms like fever, pneumonia and in some cases, death. Feline calicivirus is a virus that is an important cause of upper respiratory infections and oral disease in cats. To minimize irritation from discharges, it is often helpful to wipe them away from the cat's face or eyes with a moist tissue. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "selenityjade-20"; No need to supplement it. A cat that is a carrier of calicivirus may always be infective to other cats. At a minimum, infected cats will shed virus in their bodily secretions for 2-3 weeks. Greetings! In fact, only ONE study noted that it helped cats with conjunctivitis symptoms from the herpes virus, but that was a seriously small study of EIGHT (8) cats. Jessica. During this entire time, the cat will potentially be infectious to other cats. It is supposed to be a supplement to fight off the feline herpes virus by reducing arginine. Because it doesn’t actually work and evidence suggests it makes things worse! My vet isn’t a big proponent of most animal supplements, he syas they just pee them out without any real affect. That being said, the better the food, the healthier the cats! That doesn’t make lysine supplementation worthless. Most cats with an uncomplicated calicivirus infection can be treated symptomatically at home. Cats infected with FCV may be carriers who shed virus while appearing clinically healthy. I grind the meat myself (16 pounds every two weeks, they’re Maine Coons) and include a nutritional completer, heart, liver and salmon oil. Or not? Working in a vet office I can say many cats benifit greatly from Lysine, clearing up URI. Abstract. Now cats can’t be fooled by the placebo effect, but a lot of the time, URIs will self resolve on their own as they’re viruses and require the cat’s own immune system to fight off. AND they’re studying lysine on feline herpes, not on every other type of URI there is out there. At this juncture, I spent close to $900 in vet bills. Just like human herpes, sometimes the cat shows symptoms, sometimes they don’t, basically. Your veterinarian can recommend a specific dose. Cats that are unvaccinated, are young, or have chronic underlying problems are more susceptible and may develop a serious illness. Please contact your veterinarian for any health concerns you have for your cats. Contributors: Tammy Hunter, DVM; Cheryl Yuill, DVM, MSc, CVH, Veterinarian approved Respiratory Support products. Although several different viruses and bacteria can cause respiratory disease in cats, calicivirus is one of the more common infectious agents isolated in cats with a respiratory infection. If the infection has spread to the lungs, samples may be collected for examination by a procedure called a transtracheal wash. In kittens, arginine deficiency can cause diarrhea, weight loss, food refusal, urinary issues, and more! Sorry, but my experience is very much the opposite!! I am always trying to figure out if I should be giving them extra vitamins, probiotics etc. My cat friends will love your post, thanks! I’ll have to double-check to see if I explained that as well as I did here. It also has an important function in the urea cycle. Cat Lysine or L-Lysine for cats is used to treat upper respiratory problems or feline herpes. I always assumed it is a different virus in cats however and just doesn’t work on them the same way. Lysine and cats seem to come up quite often when discussing a sick cat, in a community cat colony or a home! That’s how they’re designed. I always thought it was ironic that they had a cat which as you indicated needed protein that humans didn’t. Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is a positive-stranded RNA virus that infects cats worldwide. Some strains of calicivirus may cause an infected cat to develop sudden painful lameness in one or more joints; this lameness occurs more frequently in kittens. It is one of the most required amino acids for felines. I’ve heard a little bit about lysine in cats but to be honest nothing so comprehensive as this, so I appreciate your knowledge on the subject. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; A penetration or erosion through a few layers of the outermost corneal epithelium is called a corneal erosion or corneal abrasion. Information about some other infectious agents that can cause an upper respiratory infection in cats can be found in "Feline Upper Respiratory Infection". Once a cat is exposed to calicivirus, it will go through an incubation period of 2-6 days before developing clinical signs which typically last for 14-21 days. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Your veterinarian will advise you on the recommended booster schedule for your individual cat. A cat with herpetic keratitis (primary stage of infection) treated with feline omega interferon. Since your cat may be fending off two separate invaders, supporting a healthy immune system is vital. The recommended dose is generally 500 mg daily mixed with food. Another possibility is supplementing with salmon oil as the results are promising for that as well. This is still true. Thanks for visiting. As a last resort, I tried Lysine. Infection with both FHV‐1 and FCV is widespread in the general cat population. In addition to these typical symptoms, cats with a calicivirus infection often develop ulcers on the tongue, hard palate, gums, lips, or nose. So more work needs to be done! Factors associated with upper respiratory tract disease caused by feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, Chlamydophila felis and Bordetella bronchiseptica in cats: Experience from 218 European catteries.Vet Rec. However, it is to toxic for use in cats (8). But a vegetarian or vegan who chooses that diet for health reasons should understand that, for HEALTH REASONS, they have to feed their cat/s meat. Diagnosis may be confirmed by collecting samples of cells and discharges from the mouth, nose, or eyes and submitting these samples to a laboratory for specialized testing such as viral isolation, identification by a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test or immune-histochemical staining. Feline calicivirus infection in kittens borne by cats persistently infected with the virus. 33 Maggs DJ, Nasisse MP, Kass PH. How to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard in 2020, The Best Bait for Feral Cats (Humane Only! This is partially why I haven’t gone vegan (although health is the main reason!). I agree the immune system requires an extensive range of minerals. And in addition to a good diet, we all need less stress. Another suggestion is probiotics! Do you think it helped? The discharge may be clear or may become yellow/green in color. 99. It cannot even be proven it limits arginine. Although rare, there is one specific strain of feline calicivirus that causes severe generalized disease. Perhaps the science does not know why it helps in some cats (note: obviously not ALL cats, based on what virus is causing the URI or your cat’s individual immune system) — evidence anedotally supports that for many cats it does help. There’s a veterinarian article discussing both points of view about lysine, so you can make your own decision. But because of those studies that suggested lysine was effective on human herpes simplex virus is how it started getting recommended on the cat herpes virus. If that’s the case, my statements still stand. I can’t go vegan for health reasons myself, but if I went vegan, it’d be because of the animals and the environment. If a cat is dehydrated, depressed, or has a severe case of illness, your veterinarian will recommend hospitalization for more intensive treatment, including intravenous fluids and other supportive treatments. If you go vegan because you are morally opposed to the meat industry for animal rights reasons or because of environmental reasons, but then adopt a cat, who forces you to buy cat food with meat in it, which in turn supports the very industry you are against. I’m more concerned with your vet. Leave me a comment! Let’s be clear, lysine was only suggested for use in feline herpes virus NOT immune system response, despite the numerous products that claim it helps a cat’s immune systems. I liked the way you explained lysine that was my first question. L-lysine is a normal amino acid that has an inhibitory effect against both human herpesvirus and FeHV infection. Calicivirus is very species specific and does not represent any risk to people or other species of animals. It is highly communicable in unvaccinated cats, and is commonly seen in multi-cat facilities, shelters, poorly ventilated households and breeding catteries. Learn more. This virus infects cats throughout the world and can cause disease in both domestic and exotic cat species. Cats can catch this virus by sharing litter boxes, food and water dishes with an infected cat, as well as by mutual grooming. The initial symptoms involve the eyes, nose, and mouth, but the infected cat quickly develops a high fever, severe depression, edema of the legs and/or face, jaundice, and symptoms of multiple organ disease. Arginine is very important to detoxify ammonia, which results from the breakdown of proteins. They can choose only organic, or only humanely raised, etc. That’s all I meant by that particular comment. https://www.chewy.com/vetriscience-vetri-lysine-plus-immune/dp/38942 However, cats CANNOT synthesize their own arginine. Lysinviral Plus Oral gel. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Even if it were effective on the feline herpes virus, it would not work on the various caliciviruses or feline chlamydia or other upper respiratory infection agents. I knew a vegetarian couple while I was at university. The studies that suggest it is effective have never been done in a controlled setting, so they can’t prove it was lysine that helped it. The cornea is the clear, glistening membrane that makes up the surface of the eyeball. L-Lysine helped my sick kitty who had a cold. It is up to each individual and their vet to decide for themselves to use it or not to use it, of course. I know just as many people who agree it didn’t work as swear that it did, and the studies I’ve found agree that it isn’t any more effective than placebo, so that’s why I don’t use it. My vet could not treat it and in exasperation suggested we could just remove the eye!!!! Stenske said that when cats get the feline versions of the common cold -- herpesvirus and calicivirus -- supportive care is often the best medicine. Regarding the human herpes virus responding to lysine, all studies on it have been ‘inconclusive’ from my understanding. Since calicivirus is a highly infectious disease and apparently healthy cats can be carriers of the disease, it can be difficult to prevent your cat from exposure to the virus. Our bodies have an immune system that protects us from foreign invaders that can cause disease and infection; however, if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks itself by mistake, causing serious illness. The feline herpes virus is one of two types of viruses that cause most of the upper respiratory infections in cats. Nearly all feline illnesses can get better or worse on their own with no interference from people, which is why they have a control group. It is also helpful for calcium absorption, which supports strong bones, and it helps promote healthy skin. HE didn’t know what to do. The virus attacks the respiratory tract (nasal passages and lungs), the mouth (with ulceration of the tongue), the intestines and the musculoskeletal system. And, of course, another reason we would feed our cat/s meat products–because we love them! They cannot survive on a vegan or vegetarian diet. Vegetarianism was almost a religion for them. Efficacy of oral supplementation with L-lysine in cats latently infected with feline herpesvirus. The standard core vaccines that are given to cats include immunization against calicivirus and will help reduce the severity of disease and shorten the length of the illness if your cat is exposed. Read Affiliate Disclosure for full details. Decrease the number of outbreaks in cats with recurrent infections. Then I’d feel hypocritical. Feline calicivirus is a highly contagious and common virus in cat populations worldwide. Feline herpes virus is the most common cause of corneal and conjunctival disease in cats. $19.99 $ 19. Which is a good thing with the barn cats, I can’t imagine trying to bathe them in lime sulfur dips or with anti-fungal shampoo. Just like other herpes viruses, the feline herpes virus is high in arginine. This virus infects cats throughout the world and can cause disease in both domestic and exotic cat species. Some cats may respond to supplementation with L-lysine, an amino acid that may help reduce the severity of the disease as well as decreasing spread of the infection. The virus may survive for up to one week in a contaminated environment (and possibly longer in a cool, damp location). Many cat caretakers, shelters, sanctuaries, and vets have recommended lysine supplementation in cats who have Feline Herpes Virus (FHV), a type of feline upper respiratory infection. Science is always evolving and changing based on new discoveries. A vegetarian or vegan who chooses that diet for non-health reasons should understand that, for HEALTH REASONS, they have to feed their cat/s meat. But nothing you said proves it works on feline upper respiratory infections or the feline herpes virus. A definitive diagnosis of the virus is not always necessary but may be recommended for breeding animals, or if an individual cat has an infection that is poorly responsive to treatment. Female cats that are carriers of this virus can pass the infection on to their newborn kittens. I don’t think it’s hypocritical to care for a cat (or multiple cats) and be vegetarian or vegan. My last suggestion for boosting a cat’s immune system is reducing stress! So no, I don’t use lysine supplements nor do I recommend them for people caring for cats with upper respiratory infections. Veterinarians typically prescribed L-lysine for cats to eliminate respiratory infections because of the assumption that the amino acid reduces the symptoms and prevents future flare-ups. Cats are OBLIGATE carnivores–they MUST eat meat. After this initial series, the vaccine will also need to be boostered on a regular basis every 1-3 years. (Sometimes I think we have TOO MANY choices, and that’s actually a design flaw!) I know vets, shelters, and rescues do recommend it. Certain species of a common fungus called Aspergillus can infect the nasal cavity and sinuses of cats and can even become disseminated to different areas of the body. Let’s state this plainly:  Lysine is NOT a supplement for immune support. I suggest you get a new one if they were wanting to remove an eye for an undiagnosed issue for no good reason. There has been some early evidence that probiotics help your overall immune system, not just your gut! 2005;159: 669-73 Just supporting the killing of them for cat food. No idea. The problem arises from doing studies on cats on lysine versus cats on a placebo. You are absolutely right that cats must have meat. The typical clinical signs of an upper respiratory infection involve the nose and throat such as sneezing, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membranes lining the eyelids), and discharge from the nose or eyes. Lysine has no antiviral properties. Too much lysine, caused by ineffective catabolism, and you can have neurological issues. Other studies indicate it isn’t effective at all. Sometimes it can be difficult to care for cats especially if you have multiple cats. I’m a vegetarian and I make raw food for my two cats. 4.6 out of 5 stars 42. See what I mean? L-lysine. Diagnosis of either form, the nasal form or disseminated form, can be difficult, usually requiring X-rays or more advanced imaging such as MRI or CT, as well as tissue biopsies and culture. We don’t know. If it DOES limit arginine, that could be dangerous in cats, as they do not produce their own. Antibiotics are often prescribed to control secondary bacterial infections from complicating the disease, particularly in kittens. first the cat will have symptoms that look like a cold, with sneezing, nasal congestion, fever and sometimes drooling It has broad action against a variety of feline viruses including FeLV, FIV, calicivirus and coronavirus. Anti-inflammatory medication may be administered by your veterinarian (a one-time injection) to relieve symptoms of lameness. Crazy, right? Feline herpesvirus 1 (FeHV-1) is an alphaherpesvirus that causes feline viral rhinotracheitis, an important viral disease of cats on a worldwide basis. Feline calicivirus infection is a common respiratory disease in cats. Your email address will not be published. Humans have a CHOICE. We’re committed to keeping clients and staff safe during COVID-19 with NEW admittance and check-out processes. But they need it. So you’re the Barn Cat Lady. like defective connective tissues, impaired fatty acid metabolism, and more. What separates FHV from calicivirus is that once a cat has contracted FHV, that cat will be infected for life and have occasional reoccurrence of upper respiratory symptoms. amzn_assoc_title = "Related"; But if you’re aware of the hypocrisy when you go vegan, then that’s cool too! Kittens require several boosters of this vaccine between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks, and at least one other booster a year later. This strain is highly infectious, and the death rate is reportedly up to 67%. Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian and this does not constitute veterinarian advice. . I don’t. So I’m sorry. Treatment of the disseminated form is more difficult requiring additional antifungals, such as amphotericin b that can be harmful to the kidneys. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; As a lifelong animal lover and cat owner, Rochelle has over 30 years of experience with our feline companions. But they can choose WHAT KIND of meat product/s to give their cat. It worked, curing the condition within 10 days!!! I don’t feel conflicted or hypocritical at all because cats are obligate carnivores and will die without meat. So, by flooding the body with L-lysine, we can stop the replication of the herpes virus, and allow the immune system time to suppress it. For most strains of calicivirus, adult cats that are more than 3 years old, or cats that have been adequately vaccinated will likely only develop a mild case of illness, which may resolve without treatment. You’re right that a cat needs meat and there’s no choice about it! I also give my cats an immunity boosting herbal supplement that gets mixed into their wet food. Health Problems Lysine Helps Prevent But they are similar to each other. I think your recommendation of controlling a proper diet is the best course of action to address the issue. If someone doesn’t want to eat meat or kill animals to consume themselves, but love cats and understand they need meat, awesome. Not only can it improve their upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms, but also inflammation of the eyes and conjunctivitis (eye discharge) caused by feline herpes. The human herpesvirus and the cat herpes viruses are different viruses, just similar to each other and the way they behave, I believe. I’m curious, Lysine is only a supplement. Only in blind test studies where there is a control group (a group given a placebo so that you can compare the results of the study from the group given the lysine versus the ones given a placebo). 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