(Closed) Kitty colds

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I pamper the puss while he's ill?
    Yes, make him comfy : (21 votes)
    91 %
    Oh lawd, he's a cat. He'll be fine! : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    This will sound awful. Darling Husband and I rescued a dog from the shelter last year and when we got him home it appeared he had an allergic reaction to something. He was sneezing and sniffling and had a really red, itchy rash. SO…..We fed him benadryl. Yep. Per vet’s orders. Half a benadryl every four hours. Knocked him out, and he was able to get over it pretty quick. 

    Post # 4
    1087 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    mouse noodle soup!

    Post # 6
    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    fill the bathroom up with steam from the shower and let him sit in there for a little while! I fostered sick kittens for years and this was the best way to help them feel a little better.  I had a few sets who weren’t scared of the sound of the shower running, so we’d lay in there on the floor together and nap, hahaha.

    Post # 7
    1058 posts
    Bumble bee

    awww poor baby, I have had this happen to my cats twice in a 10 year time span. Make a bed in a closet that the kitty can have access too, make sure that it’s dark so the kitty can curl up and get plenty of sleep. My cats slept in the closet for like a week and it seemed to help them, they were always there.

    Putting them in a stress free, quiet, dark place is best your kitty should make a full recovery in about a weeks time.

    Good luck!

    Post # 8
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’m really glad you mentioned your taking him to the vet.  It may just run it’s course but antibiotics may be needed. If you have any other kitties in the house, you should keep them away from your ginger darling.

    But in the meantime, the PP’s suggestion of putting him in a steamy room to help his congestion has it bang on.

    This is a pretty good little article:


    Hope he gets better on the fly πŸ™‚

    Post # 11
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Oh my, I have had my share of kitty colds with my 2 this past year (and I have never had sick cats before)- it was so disheartening! They really can run a week and you get so worried and then finally they’re better! From my experience, as long as there is only clear discharge, they’re eating/ drinking, and they are not breathing out of their mouth- they’ll be fine. Especially with the steam to help decongest (or get a bulb sucker thingie- oh I had to that when we got Valentina with an URI as a baby!)

    Bruno got a cold a couple months ago from a flareup from Valentina and I only got worried when I didn’t think he was eating/ drinking. So, I put canned food and/ or tuna in extra water so when he ate, he had to drink the water too. We went so far as to fill a syringe with water and slowly trickle it down his mouth so at least I knew he got water for the day. One day without water is very dangerous for cats.

    As to pampering, I kept the heat on through the night for them when they were sick- I don’t even do that when we are sick! I hope he feels better soon!

    Post # 13
    336 posts
    Helper bee

    AWW! He is freaking adorbs! I love me some orange kitties πŸ™‚

    I hope he feels better soon!! Minor colds are not usually a big deal and are really common (fun fact: there’s a feline herpes that can cause recurring upper resp/eye infections- especially common in shelter cats).

    The MOST important things are two that a PP mentioned: eating, and open mouth breathing. If he stops eating, go to the vet. A cat that doesn’t eat for 48 hours can become extremely ill and develop liver failure. Open mouth breathing is also serious cause for concern in cats. 

    He looks so cuddly….I’m gonna go find my own to snuggle with, haha.

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