Oh, and I forgot to say - don't beat yourself up about not being a good 'cat mother'. It sounds as though you're doing fine. I think all cat owners who care find things to beat themselves up about (and just wait till the 'I had him put down too soon/not soon enough' self-recriminations start - but hopefully that won't be for a very long time).
Oh sorry. I misunderstood. It seems more likely that your cat got it from theirs, and if the kitten has it then it can be very serious and even cause blindness. It would be a good idea to mention it to them, but then they don't sound very responsible. Worth a try though.
The older one tries to climb in our windows even when they are only opened at the top so we have to keep them constantly shut, he's scared of my girl cat but still comes in the house and rushes to the food bowl with them hissing at him.
I don't really think he's ever inside.
After they got the kitten they had a party the next day (think completely pissed and nightclub volume music with people jumping up and down and shouting all night) poor thing must have been terrified, our doors shake when they have parties and you can see the ceiling bouncing.
I suppose that's another thread. I've been a crap cat owner myself, I should have got them up to date with their jabs, now feeling really guilty.
I am so glad he is fine, he is lucky to have someone who would fight so hard for him.
Should I tell the neighbour if it does turn out to be flu? If it has come from the kitten then it has been passed to their older cat as that's the only one she goes near... He gets shoved outside pretty much constantly even when it is freezing/snowing, I doubt he would manage well if he got ill.
He has a scar in his cornea but his eyesight is fine. A miracle really considering how bad he was when I found him... Vet wanted to put him down, so glad I fought for him.
She probably got it from the kitten, chances are the kitten is from an infected litter... They often don't show many symptoms themselves as they get some antibodies from the mother who will also be infected, so they skip the initial infection symptoms in many cases.
Cat flu is a life long illness. The symptoms may only show up now and again but it remains in their system permanently.
You don't need to panic too much if the cat is just snuffly, the biggest risks are of pneumonia/respiratory problems and of severe eye infection. If the cat isn't showing any signs of these then vet tomorrow will be fine.
I take in strays and all my current cats are carriers (all quite ill with it when I found them). One almost lost his eye as a kitten due to cat flu and several of them have recurrent respiratory issues. That being said they're all big healthy happy cats and cat flu hasn't caused them much discomfort and as long as they're not stressed symptoms rarely show up.
While flu is a virus, in cats it frequently goes to to cause bacterial infections, which don't get better on their own, which is why antibiotics are needed. And if left untreated long term it can cause serious problems.
No it doesn't have to be immediately - untreated cat flu can cause problems if untreated longterm, and can be fatal in kittens, but a day or two shouldn't make too much difference. And no you don't need to take the other two unless they start to show signs too and, if their jabs are up to date, that makes it less likely they will get it, although not impossible.
It has been a fair while since they have been vaccinated, they had been completely indoors since we got them but we moved a few months back and couldn't keep them indoors, got caught up with a lot and I forgot.
I feel truely awful now and I know I should.
It's just sneezing at the moment, will keep an eye on her and get her to the vets tomorrow.