How To Treat A Cat For A Cold

How To Treat A Cat For A Cold


Cats are just as susceptible to cold viruses as humans are, but unlike us, they can’t blow their little noses or take a spoonful of cough syrup to make themselves feel better. Because cats can’t say that they have a stuffy nose or chest congestion, it’s up to you to notice the symptoms and treat it accordingly. This guide will help you figure out if your cat has a cold and what you should do about it.

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What Are The Symptoms Of A Cold In Cats?

The symptoms of a cat cold are similar to those of humans:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite or poor appetite (your cat will want their food but won’t want to eat much)
  • Watery eyes and/or discharge from the eyes and nose (this can often be mistaken for pink eye) * Lethargy * Pale gums (which can indicate anemia if severe enough)

Can You Catch A Cold From Your Cat?

A cat can catch a cold from humans, but they might also be able to pass the same infection on to other animals. If your cat has recently been exposed to another pet or household member who is sick, you may want to keep them away from children or other pets until they have completely recovered. You should also take extra precautions when cleaning their litter box or handling their food and water bowls if you have any symptoms of a cold yourself.

What To Do When Your Cat Has A Cold?

Your cat needs to stay warm, dry and calm to avoid getting worse. Try not to let your cat out at this time as they will be more likely to catch a cold from other animals. If they do go outside, keep an eye on them and bring them straight in when it starts to rain or if it is cold outside.

Your cat will also need plenty of water so make sure you have some fresh water available for them at all times. You may want to look into buying a pet fountain which can provide fresh running water for your feline friend regardless of whether you are home or not!

If your cat has developed a runny nose then be sure that you clean their nostrils with a damp cloth each day so that any mucus buildup doesn’t cause further problems down the line (such as pneumonia).

Cold Treatment Options

If your cat is suffering from a cold, you have several options for treatment. First and foremost, keep the cat warm and quiet. He may not want to eat or drink anything, but make sure he gets plenty of fluids in his system if he’s not eating on his own. If you can’t feed him by hand, try using an eyedropper or syringe to administer water.

The second step is keeping your cat indoors as much as possible until he’s recovered from the illness. This will help prevent him from spreading his infection to other animals and people around him.

A final option for treating a cold in cats is bathing them with warm water and oatmeal shampoo; this helps loosen mucus in their throats so they can cough it up easier without discomfort or pain (and then hopefully expel it). You can also apply compresses gently over their noses while they are sleeping—this will help loosen any mucus that might be clogging up their airways so they can breathe more easily when asleep at night!

Cats can get colds just like us and need to be treated.

Cats can get colds just like us and need to be treated.

Colds are caused by viruses, so there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Cats can get a cold from humans or other cats, but they’re also susceptible to environmental factors. Viruses carried through the air by coughs and sneezes may infect your cat; this is why it’s important to keep them away from crowds during the winter months. When people are sick with the flu—a virus that causes fever and body aches similar to a cold—they pass it on through their respiratory secretions (saliva, mucus) when they sneeze or cough near their domesticated feline companions. If an infected person touches their dog or cat while they are still contagious (usually within two days after symptoms appear), then pets may become infected as well!


It’s important to get your cat treated as soon as you recognize the symptoms of a cold. Even though they’ll most likely be fine before long, it’s best to get them taken care of quickly so that they don’t become more ill due to complications from their illness.

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