How to recognize and treat chlamydia in cats?


Chlamydia in cats is a disease of infectious nature, with visual, respiratory and genital organs affected as it progresses. There are many varieties of pathogenic chlamydia, but cats are usually infected with the pathogen Chlamydia cati.

The main vectors of chlamydia are rodents. Cats themselves become infected with the disease by associating with sick animals, or by eating contaminated food. Kittens become infected by giving birth to a mother with urogenital chlamydia.

Symptoms of chlamydia in cats

The clinical picture in chlamydia in cats is determined by the primary location of the bacteria and the pet’s immunity. In some animals the disease may be asymptomatic, but even in this state they will excrete the pathogen into the environment, posing a risk of infection to other tribesmen.

Chlamydia usually does not affect the appetite of the animal. An increase in body temperature may not be observed immediately, but several days after infection. The host can recognize the disease by the following signs:

  • discharge from the eyes;
  • Signs of conjunctivitis;
  • Redness of the ocular mucosa.

It is noteworthy that both eyes are affected not simultaneously, but gradually, a few days apart.

Treatment of chlamydia in cats

Treatment of chlamydia in cats is carried out with antibiotics, which are injected or placed under the lower eyelid. Antibiotic therapy with Tetracycline, Ciprofloxacin and Erythromycin is given for 14 days.