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What is Mycoplasma Infection?

Mycoplasma infection is caused by a type of bacteria that acts as a parasite in the blood, causing anemia and other signs of infection. Antibiotic treatment may be needed to overcome the disease, especially in cats with poor immune performance.

Mycoplasma infection is a medical condition that affects cats, dogs, farm animals, and people. The bacteria are present in most environments. Most healthy animals will experience little to no symptoms, but the very young or old or those with immune disorders may have severe anemia and other signs of infection. Mycoplasma commonly causes respiratory symptoms like bronchitis and pneumonia, but can cause infection in other parts of the body as well.

Symptoms of Mycoplasma Infection in Cats

The symptoms of mycoplasma infection can vary based on several factors. The most common symptom is anemia. Clinical signs can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the immune status of the cat. Symptoms are considerably more severe in animals who have immune disorders and weakened immune systems. The location of the infection also affects the type of symptoms the cat will have. Infections can be located in the respiratory system, urinary tract, joints, or reproductive system. 

Common symptoms include:

  •  Anemia
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Yellowing of skin (Icterus or Jaundice)
  • Pale skin and mucous membranes
  • Nasal or ocular (eye) discharge

Symptoms related to the infection location include:

  • Sneezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing
  • Pneumonia
  • Joint inflammation
  • Difficulty moving
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Abscesses
  • Reproductive problems (including miscarriage and poor fetal development)

Causes of Mycoplasma Infection in Cats

Mycoplasma infection is caused by exposure to the bacteria. This can occur in almost any setting, as this type of bacteria is very common. It can spread easily between animals, making it common in shelters and kennels as well as multi-pet homes. The infection is not limited to cats, and can be caught from or given to other companion animals. Humans are also at risk of infection. Immunodeficiency and conditions that weaken or suppress the immune system increase the risk of contracting the disease.

Diagnosis of Mycoplasma Infection in Cats

A veterinarian can diagnose Mycoplasma infection using various medical testing procedures to visually confirm the organisms in blood, urine, or other fluids. Before proceeding to this step, a physical examination and medical history of the cat are required. Be prepared to discuss the symptoms and timeframes associated with your pet’s illness. If clinical signs point to a bacterial infection, your veterinarian will collect fluids for testing purposes. The fluid collected will depend on the type and location of the symptoms your cat is exhibiting. For example, a urinalysis or urine testing are effective in situations where the animal is experience related symptoms. Joint fluid, mucus, and blood samples can also be analyzed. Dye staining has been shown to be an effective method for locating the bacteria that cause the infection in cats.

Treatment of Mycoplasma Infection in Cats

No single treatment or protocol is considered consistently effective in treating Mycoplasma infection. Treatments will vary depending on the severity of symptoms and location of the infection within the body. Antibiotics are the most common form of treatment, but the type of antimicrobial the bacteria is susceptible to is not the same in all cases. To completely overcome the disease, treatments may continue for an extended period of time. Although treatment plans may differ, most cats will not require hospitalization unless their symptoms are very severe or in animals with poor immune function. Recommended treatments may include:

Antibiotics:  Most cats will require a minimum seven to ten-day course of antibiotics to treat the primary infection. Because Mycoplasma infections can be hard to eradicate, more than one course of antibiotics may be necessary for a full recovery. 

Analgesics:  If pain, inflammation, or fever is severe, this category of painkiller may be prescribed. Be sure to carefully follow your veterinarian’s instructions if you will be dosing your pet with painkillers at home. Too much of this type of medication can be very dangerous to your cat. 

Recovery of Mycoplasma Infection in Cats

Most cats with normal immune function are expected to make a full recovery from the disease, although it may take several weeks to completely rid your pet of the infection. Once antibiotic treatment has begun, symptom improvement can be expected within a few days. Anemia symptoms may take longer to recover from. Carefully monitor your pet’s food and water intake while they are recovering to make sure your cat is receiving the proper nutrition to recover.

Reinfection is a risk with Mycoplasma, so pet areas should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Continued disinfection should be maintained until your pet has completed their antibiotic treatments. If there are multiple animals in the home, isolation may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection. Take your pet back to the veterinarian if symptoms get worse, don’t improve after a week’s time, or come back.

Mycoplasma Infection Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bailey
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

My cat was first diagnosed with Kitty Herpes, and symptoms would last for several days. I would give her Lysine, double up when needed. It seemed to affect her left eye so much. We gave her doxycycline, which worked for awhile. Then our vet ran tests and results came back that she had mycoplasma. On Dec. 23, we started her on Terramycine Ophthalmic ointment for her eye. Took about a week to get her cleared up. Now it just seems like she is cleared up for a couple of weeks and her eye gets messed up all over again. I wonder if there is a better plan out there to help reduce the outbreaks? Her left eye pupil becomes a slit, she squints a lot, has discharge, lethargy. She is just miserable at times.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Terramycin is a suitable treatment for Mycoplasma, but a systemic approach to treatment may be required since ophthalmic disorders are usually secondary to a respiratory tract infection which would also need to be addressed as well. You should discuss with your Veterinarian about a two sided treatment (topical and systemic). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, what type of antibiotics would you give to treat the systemic infection?. My cat hasn't responded to her treatment

Thanks for the information. I will discuss it with my vet and hopefully Bailey will have less relapses and discomfort.

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Mittens
Ginger short hair
7 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Running Nose
Sneezing

My kitten has been ill since we got him. Congested, coughing, throat infection, upper respiratory symptoms etc. Each time we take him to the vets we are given antibiotics, these work then after 3 or 4 days the symptoms come back or another symptom occurs.
After tests he was diagnosed with mycoplasma infection and leukaemia & herpes were ruled out.
His current symptoms are a runny nose & sneezing which isn’t going with the antibiotics given by the vet.
He is 7 months old and we also have his brother who is fine.
Is there anything else we can do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Mittens may be not responding to treatment or the runny nose and congestion may be caused by another cause like allergies, foreign objects etc… If the current course of treatment is ineffective, you should return to your Veterinarian but remember that treatment can be long in these cases as much as a few weeks so be patient. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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molly
Short hair tabby
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sneezing coughing

Medication Used

Doxycycline

my multi cat household is going thru the herpes virus, however one of my older girls tested positive for mycroplasma with a swab panel. my question is because she qas getting better they put her on doxycycline. But my other cats are getting better after 2 wks. Does this mean because she has it they all will?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Mycoplasma bacteria are fairly common bacteria in the environment, and often cause problems when there is a challenge to the immune system. Since everybody is fighting off the Herpesvirus infection, Molly may be the only one that will be affected by Mycoplasma signs. Once all of their immune systems are stronger, if they are otherwise healthy, the bacteria should not cause problems. If they continue to have sneezing and coughing, or eye discharge or redness, there may be underlying immune concerns, and it would be best to have them re-examined with your veterinarian. I hope that everyone recovers well.

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Gatto d' Oro
tabby
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

congestion

Medication Used

Convenia
Albuterol
Flonase
Doxycycline
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

I have a rescue cat who was bitten in the face by another animal months ago. The bite wound has healed but he has had a mycoplasma infection of the sinuses ever since. We have tried many antibiotic regimes as well as nebulizing and nothing has helped. Looking to try something new.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that happened to Gatto d'Oro. He has been on many good broad spectrum antibiotics that certainly should have helped clear up his disease. I'm not sure if he has been tested for Feline Leukemia or FIV, but that would be a good idea to test for those diseases, as they can suppress the immune system and make it difficult to fight off normal infections. I hope that he is okay.

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Marshmallow
Long haired dilute calico
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Loss of Balance
Eye Discharge
Sneezing

4 month old kitten with extreme sneezing, congestion, nasal drainage and eye discharge. She has had it for 2 months now. We have given her a course of eye drops and antibiotics already.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Marshmallow, I can't comment on how best to treat her. Since it seems that you have seen your veterinarian for this condition but it didn't improve, it would be a good idea to have a recheck with them - I'm not sure if they tested her for Feline Leukemia, or FIV, but that would be a good idea, as those diseases can make her more prone to severe infections.

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Zorro, Nany
normal short hair
13 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
runny nose, sneezing, urinary i
runny nose, sneezing,
runny nose with formation of black

My two 13 months cats have tested positive for Mycoplasmosis at 4 months and treated (ineffectively) with ampicillin back then because I was told Doxycycline could stunt their growth.
At 10 months they received a month long treatment of Doxycycline. Symptoms disappeared for 3 months but now they start having problems again.
I live in Italy, in an area where medical care for cats is very basic. I consulted a good veterinarian from a large clinic in a bigger city. This doctor tells me I might have to accept that the infection will never be defeated. I have two older cats and I worry about them been exposed, they lick each other. I am about to start another course of Doxycycline. Can I go on giving them antibiotics every few months? Are there any new treatments available? Is research been done? Is there any hope? I will travel the US in March and I could try to buy antibiotics that are not available in Europe, if that is the case.
I don't seem to manage the Symptoms section! but they have runny nose, formation of black matter in nostrils and eyes, urinary inflammation with urinating on soft surfaces, sneezing , some loss of appetite.
Thank you very much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Doxycycline is the mainstay of treatment Mycoplasma infections in cats and is usually effective; other treatments may include fluoroquinolones (marbofloxacin for example) which are available in Italy, which have been shown to be effective in some studies but not widely used for Mycoplasma. I understand your concern regarding the cats passing the infection between them, this is unlikely unless there is evidence of immunosuppression in the other cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Antoinette
calico with color - was coral or orangish
16 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dark brown vomit, not always with hairball
wheezing or maybe sneezing
diahorrea

Medication Used

none

how do I find out if my cat has a fever? She is 16 yrs old, has had no illness since her first year or 2, which was just a stomach thing that was cured.
She has symptoms now and I will take her to a vet soon. But in the meantime, I'm researching those symptoms and want to know if she has a fever. Thank you very much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations

The best way to determine if Antionette has a fever is to use a rectal thermometer to measure her internal temperature. Normal physiological range is 100.5-102.5°F, if her temperature is above 102.5°F then she would have a fever and need urgent Veterinary care. Rectal thermometers are available at any local pharmacy or many supermarkets. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks mucho!!

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Beatrix
Tabby
Four Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Wheezing Or Maybe Sneezing
Lethargy, At Times Breathes Heavy
Loss Of Balance
Coughing
Hi! I have a foster cat who is finishing up a course of Veraflox for mycoplasma and she's doing great. Symptoms are nearly all gone. I'm wondering how long she is contagious--I have her isolated in our cat room but she's getting restless and I'd like to introduce her to the other fosters. How long should I wait? Read more at: https://www.vetary.com/cat/condition/mycoplasma-infection