When should I be concerned about cold symptoms in my cat and seek out a vet's assistance?
If a cat is showing symptoms of a cold (sneezing, congestion) should it immediately be taken to a vet or is this something that will work its way out of the cat's system like in humans? Does a cough indicate a more serious issue than just sneezing and congestion?
Hi Erin, the culprits that are often responsible for colds and flu in cats are viruses and these don’t respond to antibiotics. This means that good nursing care is the most important first step for a cat with sneezing and congestion. Consider the use of humidifiers, minimize stress where you can and offer strong smelling food to tempt their appetite. In a number of cases, cats can fight the virus and recover themselves. Symptoms that indicate their condition is worsening and they need to see their vet include yellowish or bloody nasal discharge, swollen eyelids and conjunctiva, salivation and lethargy. There are a number of causes of coughing in cats other than respiratory viruses including asthma, bronchitis, polyps and tumors. If you’re in any doubt about your cat’s health, it’s worth a visit to your vet to find out exactly what’s going on and start any necessary treatment quickly. | 11.04.15 @ 04:41