Are you wondering how to tell if your cat has a cold? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we go over a few questions about cats and getting colds. What kind of colds can cats catch? Are they the same as human colds?
It may come as a surprise, but your cat can catch a cold just like we can. Though their colds are not entirely the same type as us humans can catch, there are many similarities.
How to Tell If Your Cat Has a Cold
If your cat has a cold, they will most likely experience a few of the same symptoms as we humans do. This can include symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose.
When a cat has a cold, it is actually what is referred to as an upper respiratory tract infection. Respiratory infections are actually quite common among cats, especially if you live in a multi-cat household, as it can be easily spread among them.
How Do Indoor Cats Get Colds?
Respiratory infections in cats are usually caused by airborne particles that enter your home. Your cat can also come down with an infection through viruses that travel through unfiltered water.
The best way to stop toxic airborne particles from entering your home is by filtering your air with an air purifier. Air purifiers remove toxic chemicals, mold, and other harmful particles from the air making it easier for your entire family to breathe. And this includes your canine and feline companions.
It’s important to note that not all bad air particles will be able to be removed, but most will as long as you take care of the air purifier.
To filter out particles in your cat’s water, I recommend buying an automatic water fountain for your cat as opposed to just pouring some water in a bowl and calling it good. Cats love fresh water, and are much more likely to drink water coming from a water fountain especially made for cats.
Do Cat Colds Go Away on Their Own?
Most respiratory infections will usually go away on their own in 1 to 2 weeks and do not need antibiotics. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes they can go away for a little awhile and then come back. And then sometimes they just don’t seem to go away at all.
If your cat has had a persistent cough for a week and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, you should definitely make an appointment with your veterinarian right away.
A cough that keeps persisting could easily turn into pneumonia and that is way worse than a regular cat cold or respiratory infection. If you’re worried about how their cough sounds or any other signs of discharge, you should just bring them to the vet even if it hasn’t been a week. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Can I Catch a Cold From My Cat?
It is extremely rare for humans to catch a cold from their feline companions. The same can be said for dogs as well as any other types of pets you may have in the home.
If you have more than one cat, however, then they can transmit colds and infections to one another. But it is unlikely to spread to the humans in the family.
It is also rare that your cat could spread the cold to your dog. The reason for this is because most respiratory illnesses are specific to that type of species, and thus, not easily spread.
What to Do If Your Cat Has a Cold
If your cat is experiencing cold symptoms, they will need to be kept hydrated. This can be done very easily by giving them wet food. This not only ensures that they are getting enough water, but it also allows you to monitor whether they are eating enough while they are sick.
If your cat doesn’t like wet food and you’re having a difficult time getting them to drink water, then try using a feeding syringe filled with water. Either way, cats need to be kept hydrated. Cats need a certain amount of water in their diet, especially when they are sick.
You can also help your cat feel better by wiping their nose when it’s runny and also by helping them groom. Another good tip is to try to keep the room they are in humid with a humidifier. Humidity will definitely help with your cat’s breathing.
There are other ways to help your cat get over its cold, but you need to call your veterinarian before attempting them. For this reason, we won’t go into detail about those tips here, but I will link to them here so you can find out what will work best for your cat.
If your cat’s cold does not get any better after a week or they are not eating and drinking, then you need to take them to the vet. Your veterinarian will run some tests to make sure it is not something worse than a cold or a common respiratory infection. They will most likely prescribe some antibiotics, and that should help your feline friend get better much faster.