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Colds & Upper Respitory Infections in Cats.

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 cats.

 

 


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