(Closed) Cat has a cold

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

My cat has seasonal allergies, when she’s congested I will take her in the bathroom with me while I shower. The steam helps to clear the sinuses.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

My cat has sinus issues at least once a year. The vet told us to monitor her eating/drinking and as long as she is still doing that normally then she is fine. Most of the time it lasts about a week and then she is totally fine. 

I usually put her favorite blanket on the couch since she sleeps more than usual. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

a_day_at_the_fair:  Oh good lord, I read that as “bath” rather than bathroom. I thought you and the cat were literally in the tub together! Hahah… Now that would be brave!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a cat with feline herpres so she frequently has bouts of respiratory problems. Years ago, when she was a kitten, my vet recommended I give her L-lysine to help boost her immune system. I give it to her as soon as I notice any symptoms and it usually clears up in a few days. You can get capsules at any drug store to open and sprikle/mix into her food – I give one capsule per day. Steam will help as well, as PPs mentioned. 

Good luck with your new guy and I hope he feels better soon! 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

An upper respiratory infection is very commonly caused by the herpes virus. My cat was rescued from a trash can when she was just a few days old and had a severe eye infection from the virus, which caused her to completely lose sight in one eye. She does get these cold symptoms more frequently than other cats but it rarely goes on for long enough to need antibiotics. Your little guy’s immune system is probably not strong enough yet to fight it off easily on his own. I’m glad he is in good hands now! 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

You can purchase a supplement called lysine.  It comes in powder or in the form of a cat treat. It will treat a cats cold and also build up it’s immune system to help prevent future illness.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

_blackbird_:  Wrap your little furbaby up in a baby’s blanket and hold him close to your chest. A mother’s love is so powerful and comforting. It is so wonderful that you took in a barn cat and giving him so much love and care. Two thumbs up πŸ™‚ 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Ooh- I can help with this one! πŸ™‚

This definitely sounds like the feline herpes virus.. It is a recurring upper respiratory infection characterized by sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and eye infections. My cat has it–like yours, he was a stray and we diagnosed him at an early age. When he was younger, he had a couple flare-ups a year that required trips to the vet (usually just antibiotics, which won’t treat the flare-up themselves, but will treat the accompanying bacterial infections that sometimes develop… But one time he did need antivirals). It’s very common and there’s no “cure,” but like PP suggested, Lysine powder is the key to keeping the flare-ups under control. It was a pain for a while, but so worth it. After a couple years on it, my cat only has very minor flares. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Hes adoreable! we rescued a black kitty just like him, he was found and brought to a humane society. They actually asked us if we wanted another cat the day we went to go get him, because he was so sick. The vet said its just a cold, and the cat version of a cold is contagious to other cats and something that will always be in their system. He rubbed his nose so much that he lost all the fur on it πŸ™

the good news is, even though all three of our cats have the cold virus now, it doesn’t last very long and other than that they are completely healthy. They get better with lots of love and being spoiled πŸ™‚

i hope your fur baby gets better!

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