A sneeze can be caused by irritation or tickles to the nose.
However, if you have a cat or kitten that's sneezing excessively,
you might have to do a little bit of digging to see if anything
is wrong. Cats that sneeze without any other symptoms such as no
discharge from their eyes or nose, good appetite, zero changes in
their behavior or activity level, and so on might be suffering
from an allergy or being irritated with air fresheners or
cigarette smoke. However, if your cat displays other symptoms
such as a runny nose and eyes in addition to his/her sneezing,
he/she might be dealing with an upper respiratory infection.
Can cats get colds?
People generally catch colds that are species-specific. Most
colds are incapable of being transmitted to other species. If you
were wondering if your cat caught a cold from a person, you could
rest assured that the answer is almost always no.
There are a couple of viruses that our feline friends are
susceptible to that look similar to symptoms that people with
colds develop. All cats are susceptible to upper respiratory
infections. However, kittens and under-vaccinated adults who have
had contact with other cats are most susceptible.
What are the symptoms of cat colds?
Cats normally display similar symptoms when afflicted with a cat
cold. Some of their symptoms are as follows.
- Raise the third eyelid
- Discharge from the eyes or a runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive swallowing
What are cat colds caused by?
Cat colds are normally caused by infection with specific viruses.
The most common viruses are feline calicivirus and the feline
herpes virus. There have even been cases where a secondary
bacterial infection has developed, which has led to pneumonia.
What can you do for a cat suffering from a cat
Follow these tips to help out a cat suffering from a cat cold.
- Make sure that the affected cat has access to plenty of fresh
water to drink.
- Help your cat out with his/her eye and nose discharge often
by making use of a soft cloth or paper towel moistened with warm
- Warmed canned cat food or meat-based baby food should
regularly be offered to the cat in order to encourage it to eat.
- Forget about giving the cat any sort of medication. This is
because many medicines that are helpful to people are toxic to
cats. Consult a veterinarian before giving the cat any medicine.
- If the cat isn’t interested in food and is experiencing
symptoms that are getting worse, make it a priority to take the
cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
The best way to deal with a cat cold before it gets out of hand
is to take the affected cat to a qualified veterinarian.
Can Cats Get a Cold?
Some people believe that cats have nine lives, and their amazing
immune systems do a lot to give credence to that idea. Cats are
efficient at taking care of themselves, but sometimes they do
need a helping hand. Cats can absolutely catch colds, and if not
properly handled, the situation can result in the cat ultimately
losing its life.
A cold virus can affect your beloved feline in a variety of ways.
One common way a cat can catch a cold is by wandering around an
area where a car has already been infected by the virus. A cold
virus is likely to spread, and if one can catches a cold, then
the chances are that the others will as well. This could pose a
problem, especially for multi-cat households. However, a vaccine
is available that treats this kind of a disease, called an 'upper
respiratory tract infection' by the veterinarian. You should
ensure that your cat is vaccinated in order to prevent the
chances of then catching an upper respiratory tract infection.
How do you know if your cat
has caught a cold?
Cats are hardy creatures, and they don't always show their pain.
But there are some tell-tale signs you can watch out for to see
whether your cat has a cold or not.
- The most common and prominent sign would be a nasal
discharge. You can also find your cat sneezing more often if they
can get an upper respiratory tract infection.
- Your cat can also have discharge coming out from their eyes.
- Your cat can start to avoid food and water. Dehydration is
another telling sign that your cat may have caught a cold,
especially when seen together with discharge from the eyes or
- Your cat may start avoiding food. As their nose and sense of
smell are what informs them of the food they will eat, a cold
prevents them from properly processing that information. A
blocked nose means that they won't be able to smell the food,
which means they are less likely to want to eat it.
- Your cat may also appear lethargic.
- Signs of breathing difficulty indicate that the upper
respiratory infection has progressed far and that your cat needs
immediate medical attention.
What should you do if you
think your cat has caught a cold?
If you suspect that your feline friend has caught an upper
respiratory tract infection, then you have to take them to the
vet immediately. As soon as your vet diagnosed them with a cold,
they will be given antibiotics, alongside other medication
designed to help your cat fight off the virus.
While an antibiotic won't help your car fight off the cold, it
does help them in fighting off any underlying infections that
could gave crept up due to the cold. You will also have to force
feed your cat for a fee days until the medications take effect
and they recover their sense of smell. This can easily be
achieved by buying a dropper and feeding them either nutritious
soup, or other food ground into liquid form, through the dropper.
You can also use a humidifier to create a warm and humid
atmosphere for your pet, as that can also help alleviate nasal
congestion. Consult with your vet about decongestants as well as
the appropriate diet for your pet. Most importantly, remember to
keep updating your vet on the status of your cat so you can give
them the best as well as consistent healthcare.