Sneezing, runny nose … here are signs that do not deceive: kitty caught a cold. When this happens, we know how to react and what will relieve us: a hot tea, our quilt and a good supply of tissues! But in the case of our cat, it is immediately less obvious. Do not panic, we’ll explain how to react in case your cat gets cold.
ATTENTION TO THE MOST FRAGILE CATS
The symptoms of colds in cats are for the most part the same as in other humans: runny eyes and nose, sneezing, slight fever, loss of appetite and sometimes, though rarely, coughing. It is actually a respiratory infection, which can be caused by a bacterium or a virus. These are not contagious for humans but can be transmitted to other cats (it will be necessary to keep them away as long as the disease lasts).
Most of the time, the cold is mild in the cat and its symptoms completely disappear in about ten days. Badly treated, it can nevertheless evolve into pneumonia. Also, stay alert and consult your veterinarian if your cat’s condition shows no signs of improvement after 4 or 5 days. In some cases, you will also have to take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as the first symptoms appear: in the case of a kitten, an elderly cat or a suckling female, and if your cat is not vaccinated against the common cold (kind of “flu” of the cat, with the symptoms similar to those of the cold, but much more dangerous). cold cat
RELAX YOUR CHAT
Unlike us, kitty does not really have the opportunity to blow his nose. The runny nose can be a problem: you can clean it regularly with a cloth or cotton pad soaked in lukewarm water to relieve it. In the case of eye discharge, it will also clean these with gauze and saline. Also, be sure to moisten the rooms in your house or apartment.
If you notice that your cat has a very congested nose and difficulty breathing, leaving it in a very damp room (for example, your bathroom while taking a hot shower) may help. But the most effective will be inhalations. To do this, lock kitty in its transport cage and drop in front of it a pan of hot water (special products for inhalations exist, ask your veterinarian for advice). Then cover the cage and pan with a cloth and wait about 15 minutes. You can perform these inhalations two to three times a day. cold cat
HELP IT TAKE STRENGTH
For your cat to recover quickly from his illness, be careful that he gets hydrated and that he eats enough. His throat can be irritated, it will be better to give him the mash that will be easier to swallow. Its stuffy nose can disturb it to perceive the odors, you can warm it a little beforehand to strengthen its appetite.
Also, make sure your cat is not cold. You can add for that a blanket in his bed or in the place where he used to rest. Finally, some remedies such as vitamin C or grapefruit seed extract can help strengthen its immune system. Always consult your veterinarian before administering any medicine and, of course, never use cold medicine for humans.