Yes, cats can catch colds too. And anyone who has a cat at home will surely have experienced this situation.
Cats can often suffer from colds, especially during the autumn and winter season , and in particular if they are used to living outside the home, or partly indoors and partly outdoors, being more affected by sudden changes in temperature and humidity . bad season.
In this regard, it could be useful to understand how to intervene upstream and to know how to protect cats from the winter cold .
THE SYMPTOMS OF COOLING IN THE CAT
Cold symptoms in cats are very similar to the same symptoms that people experience. In fact, among these we find:
- Frequent sneezing
- Nasal discharge and sore nose
- Redness and watery eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Apathy and fatigue
- Irritated and red mucous membranes
Even if we humans are used to having a cold and immediately identify it as such, in cats, however, it may not always be the case.
Typical cold symptoms are never to be underestimated (especially if you have an elderly, sick cat or puppy, who have a weaker immune system).
In fact , it could be something other than the typical viral cold, such as an allergy or an intolerance to something in the environment (a poisonous plant, a detergent, a food, etc.). In addition to this the cold could then be the symptom of one more serious infectious disease .
That is why, in the presence of one or more of these symptoms, especially if they last for more than a couple of days, it is always advisable to contact a veterinarian to find the real causes of the discomfort and thus be able to act in a specific and targeted way to heal. the cat.
Therefore, do-it-yourself diagnoses are banned!
(To learn more about the subject read: Health problems in cats: 5 signs not to be underestimated ).
TREATMENTS AND REMEDIES TO HEAL THE CAT FROM THE COOLING
After consulting a veterinarian and understanding the real cause of our cat’s discomfort, once it is established that it is indeed a seasonal cold, there are a series of measures that we can take to help the cat to get better as soon as possible. Let’s see them together:
- QUIET AND COMFORTABLE REFUGE. Just like us, when the cat is sick it needs a quiet and peaceful place where you can take refuge and rest to relieve your malaise. We therefore try to ensure a space in the house dedicated to him, and we avoid that he goes out at least until he is completely healed.
- HEAT. Heat is great ally to defeat colds. For this it will be useful to provide our cat with one hot water bottle , carefully packed with blankets to avoid burns to the animal, to be placed near its kennel or where we know it loves to sleep (on an armchair, on a chair, in the corner of the bed, etc.). Keeping the house well heated (but not too hot) can also help.
- HUMIDIFIED ENVIRONMENT. With a cold, our pet’s airways are congested and closed. A valid remedy to alleviate this problem is to have the cat stay in an environment rich in steam, which helps to decongest and open the respiratory tract. How to do? A first step could be to put a room humidifier, perhaps near where the animal usually rests. Another way could be to take the cat into the bathroom while you shower, it will surely benefit everyone the vapors that will naturally arise in the room. Even just for 10-15 minutes could be of great help.
- WATER AND FOOD. Just like us too, a cold causes loss of appetite and dehydration. In this case we try to whet the appetite of our cat with some unusual and tasty food , in particular with wet food: Life offers a wide choice of natural but tasty wet foods at the same time. You are spoiled for choice! As for the supply of liquids , on the one hand it helps to provide wet food instead of dry, or to wet the croquettes if we are used to giving those. The ideal would be to provide an automatic fountain that always delivers fresh water, so as to encourage the animal to drink.
- CAREFUL CLEANING. As everyone knows, cats are extremely neat animals. Therefore, during a cold, due to the increase in secretions (especially in the nose and eyes) it may be more difficult for him to clean himself properly. For this we could help him with the use of a wet and warm cloth or a cotton swab soaked in hot water and then wrung out, to be wiped very gently on the areas to be cleaned. If then the cloth or cotton was previously soaked with chamomile, we will also combine the soothing effect of the latter.
WHAT TO AVOID WHEN THE CAT HAS A COOL
We therefore conclude with some important recommendations.
In fact, when our cat has a cold, we must be very careful about:
- Never give your cat any medicine that has not been prescribed specifically for him to the vet. The medicines we take could be very dangerous for him.
- Avoid contact with other cats and pets, as the cold is very contagious (while it does not pass to humans).
- Avoid letting your cat leave the house at least during the peak of symptoms.
A speedy recovery also depends a lot on us!