You notice your cat keeps sneezing and becoming more sedentary than usual. If it’s so, your cat has most likely caught a cold. Cats share the same cold symptoms as humans like runny nose, fever, sneezing, hoarse voice, loss of appetite and feeling lethargic. Cat colds usually last from one to four weeks. To help your buddy get better faster, these are things you should do when your cat catches a cold.
Assist in grooming
When a cat catches a cold, his nose is clogged and he’s feeling lethargic that grooming becomes a hard task. So, cat parents are advised to help out their poor fur babies by grooming them. While doing so, vets suggest using a warm washcloth.
Gently rub a warm washcloth on your pet’s face. It will help clean his nasal passages and eyes. There’s also an infant’s bulb syringe which you can use to clear mucus from your cat’s nose. It will definitely help your cat smell and breathe better although it’s a dainty task to try. Don’t force it on your cat if he’s uncomfortable. Just maintain the warm washcloth for grooming and massage on your feline friend’s face.
Provide health supplements
When your cat catches a cold, her immune system is at risk and will need a booster. So, in order for you to help your cat fight against virus or its illness, you should provide health supplements.
Apple cider vinegar and organic spirulina are among the best natural and safe supplements to help your cat’s health. Apple cider can help alkalize a cat’s body PH which can resist and fight pathogens. Meanwhile, spirulina is a superfood loaded with trace minerals and natural chemicals that can improve your cat’s immune system. It can help increase the production of antibodies and white blood cells.
Another recommendation is lysine. This is an important amino acid that prevents the replication of virus. While these three are great aids to your cat’s health, it’s still best to research more and consult your vet for safer measures.
Help relieve the congestion
Try to get your cat in a hot, steamy bathroom and spend at least five to ten minutes a few times a week. This can help open your calico’s nasal passages and therefore relieve the pressure caused by congestion. Again, don’t force your cat if it looks like they’re getting too stressed with the environment. But if it’s bearable, just try to calm your kitty with petting and scratching and let the steamy area do its wonders against cat colds.
Another suggestion is to have your feline friend sit near to a vaporizer with little Vicks VapoRub in it. Just like how it relieves congestion in newborn babies, this little trick is also great for your fur babies.
Keep an eye on food and water intake
Loss of appetite is another effect or symptom when your cat catches a cold. If that’s the case, your kitty won’t get the nutrients and protein she’ll need to heal. So, make sure you check her food and water bowl to know if your fur baby is eating and drinking properly. If your cat’s not eating well, tempt her with pieces of warm chicken or fish. Do your best try to keep her interest in the food. Finally, make sure to provide fresh clean water and also clean your cat’s bowls and bedding to keep the virus from spreading and staying.
So, when your cat catches a cold, these are some of the things you should do: Assist with their daily grooming, help relieve their nasal congestion and make sure they get proper nutrients to get back their health. And if your cat’s colds isn’t going away for a long time, make sure to consult your vet.