So, what does this mean? Well...like other studies, it shows that FHV-1 is the predominant player in feline URI. It also demonstrates that qPCR is picking up the actual lesions that are found in these cats. Furthermore, it means that we really do need to focus on preventive strategies to minimize disease expression in these cats. Why is that? Because we know that FHV-1 is a stress-associated disease. So cats that are stressed out will get colds. And who's more stressed than a trapped cat in a tiny steel cage, surrounded by strangers, barking dogs, and strong odors? Luckily, there's a lot we can do to help these cats - easy solutions that will really make a difference and decrease the likelihood of cats getting feline URI. Stay tuned for more details!