Cat Colds


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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 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
  • Sneezing
  • Dehydration
  • Discharge from the eyes or a runny nose
  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive swallowing
  • Lethargy

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 cat cold.

  1. Make sure that the affected cat has access to plenty of fresh water to drink.
  2. 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 water.
  3. Warmed canned cat food or meat-based baby food should regularly be offered to the cat in order to encourage it to eat.
  4. 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.
  5. If the cat isnโ€™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.

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