What to do for a Cat with a Cold – Major Cat Health Issues

A major cat health issue is what to do for a cat with a cold.  There are different types of colds for cats.  Some types can be fairly routine.  Others can be extremely dangerous. 

Colds for cats can be common.  It’s very important to know that a cat with a cold can be very contagious.  It is best to isolate the cat from other cats in the household.  The environment for the cat should be clean.  Feeding and water bowls should be kept clean. 

It is also very important to monitor the cat’s health closely.  A runny nose is a typical symptom of a cat cold.  If the discharge is clear, the cat probably has a common cold.  I still recommend that you check with your veterinarian to see what medical treatment should be applied.

But if the discharge becomes a yellow-green color, a trip to the vet is probably necessary. 

When a cat’s nose becomes stopped up, the cat’s appetite can be greatly reduced.  This should not last for a day or two.  If it does, your vet should be contacted.

One type of cold is caused by herpesvirus.  This type of illness is extremely dangerous.  It can result in blindness for the cat.  If a cat’s appetite is significantly reduced for more than one to two days, cats have been known to die.

So it is very important to play it safe and contact your vet. 

I read an article on this subject by Marci Kladnik.  It discusses what to do for a cat with a cold.  The article is entitled “Treating cats with cold symptoms.”  Here is a quote:

The most contagious period is when sneezing and coughing are present, and any cat showing these symptoms should immediately be isolated.

Symptoms often lie dormant until stress stirs them into action and accounts for a normally healthy indoor cat suddenly catching a “cold.”

If this happens in your own home, think back to possible triggers and offer some extra love and attention and L-lysine, an amino acid, in the food until the disease is once again in check.

Although sometimes a tough disease to knock down, the herpesvirus can be effectively controlled by adding L-lysine daily to your pet’s wet food during times of obvious symptoms. It may also work as an immune-booster and can be safely given to all feline members in the home.

L-lysine capsules can be easily found at health food stores and at Wal Mart in tablet form. Wherever you buy it, read the label. Do not purchase any product which contains any “glycol” ingredient, which is toxic to cats. Dosage is 250 to 500 mg per day for kittens, and 500 to 1,000 mg for adults.

The entire article can be found here.  I strongly recommend that you read the complete article.  This can be one of the major cat health issues if not treated promptly and properly.

Have you ever wondered what to do for a cat with a cold?  This can be very important if you adopt or buy a cat.  Make sure the cat doesn’t exhibit any cold symptoms before you bring it home.  Please leave any comments for all of us.  Thanks.

 

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