Is your cat feeling a little under the weather? Cats can catch colds much like people do, and with very similar symptoms. Here, our Southeast Memphis vets share the signs that your cat may have a cold, and when you should bring your cat in to see the vet.
Feline Upper Respiratory Infection
Feline Upper Respiratory Infection or 'cat colds' are very similar to human colds. Cat colds are typically not considered life-threatening, however, in some cases, symptoms may become severe and lead to a more dangerous secondary infection. It is especially important to closely monitor very young, or senior cats if they show signs of a cat cold.
How Cats Catch Colds
Cat colds can be viral or bacterial and are commonly passed between cats through the droplets spread by sneezing. Outdoor cats are much more susceptible to catching a cold due to their frequent contact with other cats.
Typical Symptoms of a Cat Cold
If your cat isn't feeling their best they could be suffering from a cold. Cat colds generally start with sneezing, with other symptoms appearing over the course of 24 hours. Below is a list of the most common symptoms of cat colds:
- Runny nose
- Excessive sneezing
- Excessive coughing
- Congestion leading to open mouth breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Red watery eyes
How You Can Help Your Cat Feel Better
While your cat is sick, increase humidity in your house by keeping a humidifier or vaporizer running. If your cat has a stuffy nose use a clean damp cloth or some cotton wool soaked in warm water to gently wipe your cat's nose. Cleanse and soothe your cat's watery eyes by applying a saline solution with gauze pads.
While your cat is stuffy they will have difficulty smelling food and may stop eating. Food is important for keeping your cat's strength up while they recover, so it may be a good time to buy some extra special wet cat food to tempt your feline friend to eat. Warming your cat's food may also help.
Add an extra blanket to your cat's favorite resting spots to help keep them warm and comfortable.
Signs That It's Time To Visit the Vet
Cat colds typically begin to clear up after just a few days. If your cat has been suffering from the symptoms of a cold and shows no sign of improvement within 4 days, it may be time to visit the vet.
Cat colds can lead to more serious infections if left untreated. It is particularly important to contact your vet if you have a senior cat, young kitten, or immune-compromised cat.
If you're concerned about your cat's cold symptoms, contact our Southeast Memphis vets today to book an appointment for your cat.
Looking for a vet in Southeast Memphis?
We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.
Related Articles View All
Heartworm disease is a serious, often fatal condition in dogs that can result in severe lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and more. Preventing heartworm disease is both easier on your pet, and on your wallet than treating the disease after your dog gets ill. Our Southeast Memphis vets explain why.
Babesia infection or Babesiosis is a tick borne disease diagnosed in dogs across the United States. In today's post our Southeast Memphis vets explain the symptoms and treatments for Babesiosis as well as how you can protect your dog against this and other tick borne diseases.
Anaplasmosis is one of the many tick borne diseases that threaten the health of people, pets and other animals across the United States. Today our Southeast Memphis vets explain the symptoms of Anaplasmosis in dogs and how this condition is treated.
Tick borne diseases pose a very real health threat for dogs across North America. Symptoms can be painful and even be life-threatening for your pet. Here, our Memphis vets describe a few of the most common tick borne diseases in dogs, their symptoms and why early treatment is essential.
While the words hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism look similar, and can be confusing, these conditions in cats are very different. Today our Southeast Memphis vets share a little about the symptoms and causes of hypothyroidism in cats.