People never take colds seriously. Just think of a runny nose and sneezing, the main thing is that there is no temperature, and so, the cold itself will pass in a day or two. Yes, basically a slight malaise, cough and headaches go away very quickly if you use home remedies for colds. This is why many cat owners do not attach much importance to sneezing their pet at all, even if the animal has watery eyes, playfulness is lowered, the cat does not eat or drink and is not interested in anything. “It will pass,” the host reassures himself. It happens that with cats, famous for their strong immunity, everything really passes quickly. However, not with the symptoms that we have listed above. All of these symptoms indicate more serious illnesses. Which can not be ignored if you want your cat to be always healthy.
Symptoms of the common cold in cats
In 90% of cats, the cause of colds is a common hypothermia. If the house is very damp, cold, the window is constantly open, drafts, then the cat begins to rush around the house in search of a warm corner, because it is cold. Drafts have a very detrimental effect on these affectionate animals, as the thermoregulation in cats is disturbed and makes them cold. Cats are not interested in anything, because they feel a general malaise.
So, if your cat has caught a cold, sneezes a lot, and tears are dripping from her eyes, then you should immediately rid the pet of this serious problem. Here are a few external factors that can trigger the development of cat colds in cats.
- The diet of the animal is broken. Remember that cats should eat a balanced diet. Therefore, vitamins, useful substances and minerals must always be present in the diet of these animals, as their deficiency significantly reduces the immunity of cats, and this, in turn, leads to a decrease in immunity.
- Various diseases of an infectious nature. When pathogenic microflora enter the animal’s body, the body’s immune system is immediately disrupted.
- Poor animal welfare. Cats should not be kept at low temperatures indoors, in cold, damp conditions. They love comfort and warmth, therefore, if you live in a rather damp, unheated room, think carefully before you get a cat.
- Constant drafts, cold lead to hypothermia, and the cats do not stand up, they catch a cold.
- Cold, frost on the street. Cats do not tolerate them, therefore it is recommended to walk their furry pets only in sunny, warm weather.
How is the common cold in cats
A cold in pets can manifest itself in a number of such signs:
- tearing from the eyes;
- warm nose to the touch;
- frequent sneezing
- heavy breathing, wheezing from the chest;
- excessive salivation;
- decreased appetite.
These are not all the symptoms of a cold. Note that very often all of the above symptoms can be observed not only with infectious, but also with bacterial diseases, sometimes such symptoms indicate a virus in the cat's body, and sometimes allergies. That is why it is not worth immediately starting treatment for a cat without first consulting a veterinarian. Only an experienced veterinarian will be able to give your pet the correct diagnosis and convince that your cat really caught a cold, and not got any infection.
Treating a Cunning Cold in Cats
The first thing that every owner or mistress must do when they discover the flu in their beloved cat is to provide the animal with a plentiful, warm drink (only warm milk, chicken or fish broth, it is better to add more vegetables to the broth, and certainly water), food with vitamin supplements, and, of course, a warm place in the room. If your kitty always behaves calmly, then you can give her a light massage of the legs, neck, top of the head to fuss, the blood flow will accelerate and the animal will warm up very quickly.
Even if you perform all these procedures, still do not ignore going to the veterinary clinic with your pet, as only the veterinarian will determine the cause of the cat’s illness and prescribe the proper treatment for it. In general, one should not forget that the common cold in cats is by no means a simple disease, one might say rather confusing. Other diseases previously identified in the animal may accompany the common cold.
How to treat colds in cats
So, after the veterinarian examines the cat, conducts a series of tests, examines the body of the animal, he will prescribe competent treatment. All medications that your veterinarian will take for your pet should be used as intended, do not ignore them. Do not spare your cat, but in exact and necessary doses add medicine to your cat’s food if you want your family friend to recover quickly. If the animal has a mild form of the disease, then basically the veterinarian will prescribe the cat more sleep, less movement, vitamins and immune preparations.
As a cat suffers a cold, glycoproteins will develop in her body, which will further prevent the development of viral bacteria. However, you should not relax and think that the cat does not need to be protected like that anyway, as before, the same drafts, cold and dampness will pose a danger to the pet. It is also impossible at the first stages after an illness to change a cat’s food and diet, vitamins and a balanced diet remain of vital importance.
It happens that on the weekend the veterinarian is not in place or for some other reason you cannot call the veterinarian home. In this case, morning and evening intramuscular injection - gentamicin will help. In addition, ascorbic acid is mixed into the feed, you can give immunofan, a drug to enhance immunity and do not forget about other vitamin supplements.
We hope that our practical advice will help you determine how and how your favorite cat got sick, how to treat it and how to keep it in order to prevent colds in the future. Take care of your health and the health of your affectionate, gentle animal!