There is no cure for cat flu but there are lots of things that can be done to speed up recovery and make your cat feel better.
Your vet might provide you with the following treatments:
Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs can be used to bring down a fever and settle pain and swelling.
Antibiotics fight infections caused by bacteria. Your vet may not always prescribe antibiotics for cat flu because many cases are caused by viruses, so antibiotics won’t help. If your cat is given antibiotics, always finish the course, even if they seem better.
Mucolytics are a type of medication that help break down the mucus in your cat’s nose and airways. This helps them breathe more easily and smell their food which is important to keep them eating.
Lubricating eye drops (similar to false tears) may be used to keep the eyes moist while they heal.
Antibiotic eye drops fight bacterial infections. Your vet won’t always dispense antibiotic eye drops for cat flu because bacteria aren’t always involved. If your cat is given eye drops it’s very important to follow the instructions and complete the course to ensure the infection doesn’t come back.
Antiviral medication can be used to help the body fight cat flu. Antiviral medication sometimes speeds up recovery but not always. It has to be given for 3-4 weeks and can be costly compared to other treatments.