Feline chlamydophila disease refers to an infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydophila felis. Chlamydophila infection is relatively common in cats - it is thought to be a cause of up to 30% of cases of chronic conjuctivitis. Although cats of all ages can be infected, the disease is most commonly seen in kittens or where cats are kept in groups or housed together.
The main symptoms are conjunctivitis (ie reddening of the inner surface of the eyelids) and discharge from the eye/s - initially watery, but later changing to thick and yellow discharge. Mild sneezing and nasal discharge can be seen. A few cats may be lethargic and off their food.
If you spot any of these signs in your cat, it's well worth making an appointment with your vet.
In order to diagnose the infection, your vet may want to take swabs to determine what the cause of the illness is.
When it comes to treatment, your vet will be able to advise. If the symptoms are limited to an eye infection, eye drops may be prescribed. Oral antibiotics may be needed in more severe infections. To prevent the spread of the infection, good hygiene is very important - always wash your hands after touching your cat to avoid spreading to other cats.