What is Mycoplasma?

Mycoplasma felis is a natural part of the cat's normal bacterial flora (microbiota), but can also cause symptoms of infection, especially milder eye infections in the form of conjunctivitis (conjunctivitis). Mycoplasma felis should not be confused with Mycoplasma haemofelis which specifically causes anemia (lack of blood) in cats.

The two main causes of eye infection in cats are Chlamydia felis and feline herpesvirus (FHV-1). The two infections can each cause anywhere from no symptoms to mild to very severe symptoms. As a rule, Mycoplama felis does not cause more serious problems or any problems at all. A cat with a more serious eye infection and a test result where Mycoplasma felis is found may have underlying problems that "help" the bacteria to cause the symptoms, for example, co-infection with Chlamydia felis and/or feline herpes virus.

How long is the incubation period for Mycoplasma?
Since Mycoplasma felis is a natural part of the normal bacterial flora of the cat we cannot really talk about any incubation period.
What are the symptoms of Mycoplasma infection in cats?

The bacterium Mycoplasma felis is part of the cat's normal bacterial flora (microbiota). This means that it is often found in healthy cats in the eyes and upper respiratory tracts such as the nose, mouth, and throat without causing any problems. Typically conjunctivitis is seen. The problems are usually not serious, but treatment may be necessary in this case.

How long does Mycoplasma last?
If only Mycoplama felis is found and the cat only has mild symptoms, and there are no underlying causes that make healing difficult, local treatment (eye cleaning, tear replacement drops, and possibly also antibiotic drops in the eye) usually quickly leads to an improvement. As always with eye disease, veterinary follow-up of the development and status of the eyes is important.
How do you treat Mycoplasma in cats?
No treatment is instituted simply because the bacterium is found in a sample since this is part of the normal bacterial flora. In some cases, antibiotics might be needed.