The medical term is Feline Herpes Virus, or FHV-1. My cats have it. That’s why you sometimes see photos of them with conjunctivitis and eye discharge.
And it’s a source of guilt for me as I care for them. You see, many cats carry the virus, but typically FHV-1 flairs up during periods of stress. And we all know whose fault it is when there’s a stressful environment in the home.
It’s my fault there’s too many cats living together in my home. I never should have taken them in. And who knew they’d live forever?
It’s my fault they’re not getting along with each other. If I were a GOOD caregiver, I’d hire a “professional” to come and train them, or subject myself to public humiliation by being on a show like Jackson Galaxy’s. I mean, nothing is too good for the cats. Right?
It’s my fault they’re overweight, so I chose to move from free feeding to feeding twice daily, and then to a lower calorie food. They don’t like having to wait for a meal, and that causes stress.
It’s my fault I don’t have them at the vet’s office every time they sneeze. Money should be no object.
The cats are on L-lysine; it seems to help. I sprinkle it over their food daily. I have ointment for when there’s a flare-up. This past weekend was a vet run for an eye flare-up that wasn’t responding to the usual treatment.
And now comes the recurring bout of guilt. Oh how I wish I could be one of those perfect companion animal caregivers that I see out there. It would be so nice for once to not be this fallible, guilt-ridden soul.