Cats and Colds: More Than Just Sneezes and Sniffles

Posted by Petpawty 16 days ago (

Description: The answer is yes, cats can definitely catch colds! These feline colds, more accurately called upper respiratory infections (URIs), are quite similar to what we experience. While not usually serious, understanding how they work can help you care for your furry friend if they come down with a sniffle. What causes a cat cold? Unlike the human cold, which is caused by a specific virus, feline URIs can have multiple culprits. The most common are: Feline herpesvirus (FHV-1): This highly contagious virus is often responsible for milder symptoms. Feline calicivirus (FCV): Another contagious virus, FCV can cause more severe symptoms, including mouth ulcers and eye infections. Chlamydophila: This bacteria can cause persistent conjunctivitis (pink eye) along with respiratory issues. Signs your cat might have a cold: Sneezing Runny nose or discharge from the eyes Congestion Coughing Loss of appetite Lethargy How to help your cat feel better: Most feline URIs clear up on their own within 1-2 weeks. However, you can make your cat more comfortable by: Providing plenty of fresh water: Dehydration can worsen symptoms. Using a humidifier: This can help loosen mucus and ease congestion. Keeping their environment clean: This helps prevent the spread of the virus/bacteria. Offering their favorite food: A loss of appetite can be concerning, so tempt them with something delicious. When to see the vet: While most cat colds aren't serious, consult your veterinarian if: Symptoms worsen or persist for more than a week. Your cat has difficulty breathing. Your cat has a fever. Your cat has underlying health conditions. Preventing cat colds: Vaccination is the best way to protect your cat from common URI viruses. Keeping them indoors and away from other sick cats also helps. Remember: Cat colds are not contagious to humans, but they can spread between cats. By understanding the signs and taking proper care, you can help your feline friend feel better and prevent the spread of the sniffles.

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