There is no cure for cat flu but there are lots of things that can be done to speed up recovery. Your vet might offer you the following treatment:
Anti-inflammatory pain relief
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs can be used in cases of cat flu to bring down a fever and settle pain and swelling.
Antibiotics fight infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are often given to kittens with cat flu to prevent more serious disease. Severe bacterial infections can take hold if your kitten is weak from fighting cat flu. If your kitten is prescribed antibiotics, always finish the course, even if they seem better.
Mucolytics 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. They will often be given in kittens with cat flu to prevent ulcers in the eye. Your vet won’t always dispense antibiotic eye drops for cat flu because bacteria aren’t always involved. If your kitten 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 viruses by speeding up recovery. This does not work for every kitten. It has to be given for 3-4 weeks and can be costly compared to other treatments.