Similar to humans, cats can get colds too. Often this is a flu
like virus that spreads from cat to cat. Such an illness can lead to an
upper respiratory infection (URI). A URI can be serious, if left untreated.
However, with proper veterinary treatment these illnesses rarely proceed
beyond the "cold" symptom stage.
For some cats these illnesses can be a chronic problem that flairs up when
stressed or the immune system is weakened. The primary symptoms of a URI are
runny nose, sneezing, and weepy eyes. It can also include a fever and lack
of appetite, and in severe cases ulcerations. Good treatment and care, like
with the human flu, is essential for recovery. Depending on the nature of the
illness, your vet may prescribe medication such as antibiotics. Letting your
cat rest and helping them get enough food and water is important.
A critical concern with URI is preventing secondary infections. When their
immune system is compromised, cats can be more susceptible to other illnesses,
which will be harder to combat if already sick. Again, this is where good care
and TLC helps tremendously. If you see any of these symptoms in your cat make
sure a vet checks him. This can make a huge difference in your cat’s
health and happiness.
While cats can’t catch or give this virus to humans, among other cats
it is highly contagious. Keeping your cat separate from other sick or infected
cats is always a wise precaution. Also, as both a smart measure and a courtesy,
if your cat comes down with a cold or URI, be sure it is kept away from other