Does your cat sneeze a lot? Is their nose always running? If you think your cat might have a cold, you’re not alone. In fact, cats can get colds too! Keep reading to learn more about how to tell if your cat has a cold, and what you can do to help them feel better.
1. Yes, cats can get colds
Cats can develop a respiratory illness just like we do when we catch a cold! Specifically, they may have feline lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD), also known as feline upper airway disease complex (UAFC). This is an inflammation of the nose, throat and bronchi caused by a virus or bacteria.
2. What are the symptoms of a cold in cats?
Symptoms of cat flu include: * Sneezing * Runny nose * Nasal discharge * Coughing * Loss of appetite and decreased activity level and energy levels
3. Treatment for a cat with a cold
If your cat has been diagnosed with cat flu , you’ll probably need to take them to the vet. Your vet will prescribe your cat with antibiotics, which will help fight against the infection in their respiratory system. They’ll also probably give you some painkillers to help your kitty feel more comfortable. You can also make sure that they have plenty of fresh water and are eating well.
4. Can a cat catch a cold from a human?
Cats very rarely get colds from humans, even when living together. However, if they are exposed to other cats who are carrying the virus or bacteria that causes colds often enough, it is possible for them to catch the illness. Human colds are caused by viruses whereas feline infections are commonly bacterial infections so just being around someone with a cold won’t make your cat sick.
5. How can you prevent your cat from getting sick?
To help keep your furry friend healthy, try to avoid allowing them to come in contact with strays or cats that are known carriers of the virus or bacteria that causes feline respiratory disease (FRD). Make sure they always have access to fresh water and food.
6. What should you do if you think your cat has a cold
If you suspect that your cat has a cold , bring them in for an appointment with their veterinarian right away. If it is caught early enough, antibiotics may be helpful in clearing up the infection quickly before it becomes more severe. Talk to your vet about ways that you can limit the spread of your kitty’s illness. Please leave a message at the end of this article with any comments or questions you may have. Thank you for reading!