Feline Cold Symptoms

What are feline cold symptoms? First off, cats do not get colds like the colds that humans get, but they do get several respiratory illnesses. These illnesses resemble the common cold. Respiratory illnesses do not allow cats to get enough oxygen, so the cat's breathing will be labored when it is sick. Symptoms start from 2 to 17 days after the cat is exposed to another sick cat.

Respiratory Illnesses In Cats
Two of the most frequently seen viruses cats get are the herpes virus and the calicivirus. The herpes virus lasts from two to four weeks, and the calicivirus lasts from one to two weeks. Symptoms for any respiratory illness include several signs, but the cat may not show all of the symptoms, depending on which respiratory illness it caught. For example, sneezing tends to come with the herpes virus, but it may not be a symptom for other viruses.

Upper respiratory infections often come with sneezing, conjunctivitis and discharge from the eyes and nose. Depending on how severe the congestion is, you may notice the cat breathing through its mouth.

If the cat has a cough, it may have herpes virus. If the cat drools and has ulcers in its mouth, it may have calicivirus. If you suspect your cat has any of these respiratory ailments or a cold health problem, you should take it to a vet as soon as possible.

Treating Your Cat's Respiratory Illness
When treating any respiratory illness, all of the cat's items must be disinfected with diluted bleach. Bedding should also be disinfected. Once disinfected, put the cat in a room with a cool steam vaporizer-this helps the cat to breathe. Steam from a shower also helps the cat breathe if you do not have a vaporizer.

Because of the congestion, the cat will not be able to smell well. Smelling is a big part of eating for a cat, so it may not want to eat. You must make sure the cat eats and drinks plenty. A trick to get the cat to eat is to switch to a food with a strong smell, such as tuna or canned food if you feed kibble.

Cats might also contract bronchitis. If the cat coughs, it may have bronchitis. Other signs of bronchitis include straining the neck and a mucus discharge. There are some over-the-counter children's medications that can be used on cats, but never give a cat anything that has acetaminophen (such as Tylenol). Always check with the vet before giving your cat anything that the vet has not prescribed.

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