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Cats & Colds: Can They Get Them & What To Do?

Cats & Colds: Can They Get Them & What To Do?

Just like humans, cats can catch colds with similar symptoms, such as a runny nose and sneezing. In this article, our Ankeny vets talk about cat colds, how cats can get them, and when it's important to bring your furry friend to the vet.

How do cats catch colds?

If your cat is sniffing and sneezing, they might have a cold. You might wonder how they got it and how to prevent it from happening again.

Just like colds in humans, cats can catch colds from each other. Outdoor cats are more likely to get sick because they meet more cats.

Cat colds are like a cold for cats. It's caused by germs and spreads between cats, especially when they're close. If your cat caught a cold after being boarded, it was probably near another sick cat.

Choosing a good boarding place can help reduce your cat's stress and the chances of them getting sick.

Cat Colds: Signs & Symptoms

  • runny nose
  • sniffles
  • sneezing
  • watery eyes
  • mild fever
More Severe Symptoms
  • coughing
  • reduced appetite

What to do if Your Cat Has a Cold

If your cat has caught a cold, there are a few things you can do to help them feel more comfortable. If their nose is runny, gently wipe it with a clean cloth. If their eyes are also runny, use a cloth and a saline solution. To prevent dry air, consider using a humidifier.

If your cat seems congested and has difficulty breathing, try a simple method. Place your cat in their carrier and put a bowl of hot water in front of the carrier. Cover both the carrier and the bowl with a blanket for around 15 minutes.

It's crucial that your cat keeps eating and drinking to recover faster. You can make their food more appealing by warming it slightly. Additionally, ensure your cat stays warm by adding an extra blanket to their bed or their favorite cozy spot.

Remember, never give your cat human cold medication or any other medication without consulting your vet. Always seek advice from your vet to determine the best course of action for your pet's health.

When Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Cat colds are usually not serious and typically go away in 1-2 weeks. It's important to keep an eye on your cat's health, and if they don't improve within four days, see a vet to avoid potential pneumonia.

Older cats, kittens, and cats with existing conditions are more vulnerable to colds, just like humans. This is especially true for nursing or unvaccinated cats. If your cat falls into these categories, schedule a vet appointment immediately.

Regardless, if your cat starts coughing, struggling to breathe, or loses their appetite, seek vet care promptly.

If your cat's cold symptoms are worrying you, contact our Ankeny vets today to schedule an appointment.

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