Did you know that cats can catch colds too!
They too can get the snuffles and have runny noses. They too can get the sneezes, coughs and high fevers associated with flu.
Cat colds can last anywhere from seven to 10 days and aren’t usually serious, it’s generally spread to other cats through wet sneezes. In rare cases it can become serious and lead to pneumonia, if not properly monitored.
You can treat your cat but the virus will never truly go away and can recur time and again.
Here’s a run-down of the most common symptoms;
Discharge from the nose
Painful ulcers in the nose, eyes or the mouth
Discharge from the eyes
A high temperature
Breathing with the mouth open
Going off food
Sneezing too much
If your cat shows any of these symptoms, or if simply in doubt then please consider visiting a vet straight away.
There are a number of possible treatments.
Usually anti-biotic meds are used to treat cat colds, as secondary bacteria can complicate viral infections.
Your cat may be prescribed oral meds or ointments if they have ulcers. Though this won’t happen until the vet takes a swab from the cats throat, nose or mouth and sends it off for analysis first.
Another option is to have meds that will stimulate your cats immune system, thus interfering with the reproduction of the herpesvirus.
To fight against the upper respiratory disease your cat may be given either a nasal or an injectable vaccine.
The injection is more effective but the nasal vaccine will provide protection much quicker.
Start by removing any discharge from the nose and eyes.
It helps to increase your homes humidity with a vaporizer and use any prescribed nasal decongestant.
Your cat is going to need plenty of food and fresh water.
In rare cases when your cat won’t eat they may need fluid therapy or even a feeding tube.
Remember, if in any doubt about your cats’ health then please visit your vet immediately, better to be safe than sorry!