How To Treat A Cat Cold
Has your cat been sneezing lately? Does it sound like they can’t breathe properly? It’s possible your kitty has a cold. Don’t worry too much, though—there are many ways to treat this common ailment! There are drugs and antibiotics you can get from the vet, but if you’d rather try more natural remedies at home with some TLC, read on to learn about how to treat your cat for a cold.
Chronic Feline Upper Respiratory Disease Complex, also known as feline URTI, is a common ailment in cats.
Chronic feline upper respiratory disease complex, also known as feline URTI, is a common ailment in cats. The virus that causes this condition can be passed between cats and humans, so it’s important to take extra precautions when handling your furry friend if you have a cold or flu.
The symptoms of feline URTI include:
- sneezing and coughing
- runny nose
- diarrhea or constipation (depending on the severity of the infection)
If your kitty is having trouble breathing, you should take them to a vet right away.
If your kitty is having trouble breathing, you should take them to a vet right away. Even if they seem like they’re doing okay otherwise, the infection could be getting worse quickly and could cause serious problems if not treated. Pneumonia can be dangerous for cats and sometimes even fatal, so it’s important that you don’t let their cold turn into more serious health issues!
It’s important to keep track of your cat’s symptoms and when they first show up.
It’s important to keep track of your cat’s symptoms and when they first show up. Doing so can help you identify the cause of your cat’s illness, as well as decide how quickly it needs to be treated. Record the following information in a journal:
- How often your cat is eating and drinking
- How much sleep your cat gets each day (this may not be easy to notice unless you’re already keeping track of these things)
- Grooming habits (if they weren’t grooming themselves before they got sick, this could indicate an underlying health issue)
- Amounts of urine and feces produced, along with any other symptoms associated with these activities such as incontinence
Cleaning their nostrils with a saline solution will help clear any mucus or congestion.
A cat’s nasal passages can become congested and inflamed, which will make it difficult for them to breathe. You can help them by cleaning their nostrils with a saline solution to clear mucus and bacteria. The process is simple:
- Get a cotton swab, which you’ll use to clean the inside of your pet’s nose.
- Dip the swab into a bowl of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of salt (for every gallon of water), then wring out any excess liquid from the cotton until it’s damp but not dripping wet—this is important because you don’t want to risk accidentally getting water in your pet’s eyes or ears during this process!
- Hold the cat firmly but gently around their chest area so that they’re at eye level with you, then hold one nostril closed using your thumb while gently inserting the tip of your index finger into their other nostril and pressing firmly downwards on either side (don’t worry about hurting them—if anything hurts too much for comfort just pull away slowly). Next comes what might feel like strange advice: try not thinking about anything else while doing this part so as not distract yourself from concentrating completely on what needs doing; if necessary repeat steps 4 through 6 three times total per side before moving onto next step below!
Always wash your hands after handling your cat when they are sick.
You should always wash your hands after handling your cat when they are sick. This will help to keep them healthy and make sure that you do not get sick as well.
- Wash your hands before touching the litter box.
- Wash your hands after cleaning the litter box or other surfaces that may have been contaminated by germs from the cat’s feces or urine (this includes toys, food bowls, etc.).
- Be sure to wash before preparing food for yourself or others; this is especially important if you feed raw meat to any pets in your home!
You can treat your cat at home for the common cold but if their symptoms get worse or last longer than a week, you should bring them to the vet.
If your cat has any of these symptoms, it’s time to call the vet.
- A fever over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius)
- A runny nose that lasts for more than a week without improvement or without medication
- Coughing that lasts for more than two weeks or gets worse
- Stuffy nose that lasts longer than three days
Cats are very intelligent but they can’t tell us when they are sick so it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of a cold. The cat sniffles and sneezes often and their nose may become runny. It is important that you don’t give your cat any medication without consulting your vet first.