Many cats suffer from viral infections. There are many viruses that can have very serious consequences if left untreated. Among the most common contagious diseases are feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a disease that can cause leukemia, other forms of cancer and anemia; feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which attacks the cat’s immune system; as well as feline herpes virus (FHV-1) that affects the upper respiratory system.
Despite the incidence of these viral diseases, there is currently a lack of antiviral drugs available for veterinarians. While antiviral vaccines may prevent infection or help reduce the severity of symptoms, they do not cure a pet that is already infected. A new generation of antiviral therapeutics is needed to help improve the clinical outcome for affected pets.