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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
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 cold?
Follow these tips to help out a cat suffering from a
sure that the affected cat has access to plenty of fresh water to drink.
your cat out with his/her eye and nose discharge often by making use of a soft
cloth or paper towel moistened with warm water.
canned cat food or meat-based baby food should regularly be offered to the cat
in order to encourage it to eat.
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.
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
The best way to deal
with a cat cold before it gets out of hand is to take the affected cat to a