Did you know that our feline family members can get their own version of the common cold? In most cases, cats just feel a bit stuffy and tired for a few days, and then recover on their own. However, it’s important to note that sometimes, kitty colds can develop into upper respiratory infections, or URIs, which can be extremely dangerous. Senior cats and kittens are especially at risk, because of their weaker immune systems. Below, a Fort Bragg vet discusses cat colds.
Keep an eye out for certain common warning signs, such as lethargy. If Fluffy is congested, she may sleep even more than usual. Some other red flags include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, watery eyes, loss of appetite, wheezing, and/or difficulty breathing. Contact your Fort Bragg vet right away if you notice any of these symptoms.
Once Fluffy has been properly diagnosed, your Fort Bragg vet will be able to provide you with specific treatment options. These may include antibiotics and/or other medications. You should never give Fluffy human medicine, unless your vet specifically recommends it. This applies to home remedies as well. Things like garlic, whiskey, and turmeric, which are in many of Grandma’s old school remedies, might work for us but could be extremely dangerous for our furry friends.
Believe it or not, your feline friend may enjoy a bit of chicken soup. Just skip the garlic, onions, rice, and pasta. Warm, sodium-free chicken broth with some plain, boneless chicken (and perhaps some peas and carrots) should suffice. Some cats also like having their canned food warmed up a bit. You can also put a humidifier on and/or bring Fluffy into the bathroom while you shower, so she can breathe the steam. You may want to get your cat a new bed or a comfy blanket to curl up in. You’ll also need to make sure your furry family member is drinking lots of water. And, of course, snuggles and ear scratches are on the agenda as well.
As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. First and foremost, keep up with Fluffy’s vaccinations, such as the vaccine for feline calcivirus. Keep in mind that cats can still spread the virus once they have recovered. Keeping your kitty indoors will reduce the chances of her coming into contact with infected felines.
Do you have questions about cat colds? Contact us, your local Fort Bragg vet clinic, today!