Believe it or not, your furry feline friend can catch a cold too! Our vets break down the most common causes of kitty sniffles and let you know when to seek special care from an expert at Los Angeles County vets.
Does my cat have a cold?
Sneezing, sniffles, and other signs can point to an upper respiratory infection (URI) as the cause. Cats are just like us - they're prone to catching colds from one another if conditions aren't ideal! Outdoor cats are more susceptible than indoor kitties since their exposure is greater.
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Cat Colds: Signs & Symptoms
- watery eyes
- runny nose
- mild fever
More Severe Symptoms
- reduced appetite
- difficulty breathing
How do I know if my cat has a cold?
Taking care of a sick cat with a cold can be tricky. To ease your furry friend's symptoms, try wiping their runny nose or eyes with a clean cloth and slightly salted water to clear them up. You could also provide extra comfort by running a humidifier in the room so that they don't have to breathe too much dry air.
If breathing becomes difficult due to congestion, you may wish to give your cat warm steamed air: place hot water in front of their cage (but not close enough for it to touch!) then cover both bowl and carrier with a blanket(s) for about 15 minutes. It is important throughout this time to ensure they do eat and drink-warming food might help bring back energy more quickly.
They also need to stay warm, so adding some blankets nearby will guarantee adequate warmth at all times. Above all else - no human cold medicine should ever be administered without professional advice.
When to Seek Veterinary Care
Cats can easily catch colds, just like humans. Usually, these are relatively harmless and will pass within 1–2 weeks with some rest in a warm environment.
However, if you see no sign of improvement by the fourth day after your cat catches a cold, then it is important to book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
If you are concerned about your cat's cold, please contact our Los Angeles County veterinary clinic today to book an appointment.