02/07/2018 | tips and tricks
Bouts of sneezing and a runny nose are both sure signs your cat has caught a cold. When this happens us, we know exactly what to do: we grab a hot drink, wrap up in a blanket and make sure we have a year’s supply of tissues within arm’s reach. But when our cats are struck by the same plight, we’re not so sure how to proceed. Fear not! Read on and you’ll soon know exactly what to do the next time your cat falls ill.
Pay particular attention to more delicate cats
For the most part, cats suffer from the same cold symptoms as we do: watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, mild fever, loss of appetite and sometimes, though rarely, coughing. Colds are a type of upper respiratory infection, which can be caused by bacteria or a virus. They are not contagious for humans, but can be passed on to other cats (you’ll need to keep them away from the infected cat for the duration of the illness).
How to care for your cat
Unlike us humans, cats can’t blow their noses so having a runny nose can be quite bothersome to say the least. You can help make your cat feel more comfortable by regularly cleaning their nose with a clean cloth or some cotton wool soaked in lukewarm water. If your cat’s eyes are watering, you can cleanse them by applying a saline solution with gauze. It’s also important to humidify the rooms of your house/apartment.
Help your cat get their strength back
In order for your cat to make a speedy recovery, you’ll need to ensure they get enough to eat and drink. Their throat may be irritated, however, so it’s advisable to give them food that is easy to swallow. Having a blocked nose can also interfere with their sense of smell; try warming up their food slightly shortly beforehand to stimulate their appetite.