Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Does cats catch Cold easily?

If you are like me, you probably have never seen a cat with a cold, but cats with colds are quite common.
How does a cat get a cold? The first thought that comes to mind "Can my cat catch my cold?"
The answer is no and "no" you can not catch your cat's cold. It is said that cold viruses are species specific, that pets and people do not pass a cold back and forth.
While we can (mostly) "physician" our colds with over-the-counter remedies, our cats do not.
A cold is a serious thing for a cat and even worse if you have a multi-cat household.
Strangely enough, your cat will be very similar symptoms to yours, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, wheezing and sometimes a mucous discharge either from the nose or mouth. It is also possible for your cat has a problem breathing, sore type ulcers around the mouth and red watery eyes that have a discharge.
Cat colds are very contagious and interesting, cats are more susceptible to colds in the summer.
How can your cat pick up a cold?
At a kennel, the groomers veterinarians, and if your cat is an indoor / outdoor cat, it can pick up the virus from a cat it encounters outside.
What can you do for your cat's cold?
First, do not try a man over-the-counter remedies. Usually a cat cold lasts as long as a man cold (7 to 10 days) and will over the cat just as we do.
Where it gets complicated when the viral infection travels to the lungs or bronchial area causing a lower respiratory infection or a secondary bacterial infection occurs in the nose, mouth or eyes.
This is why the first sign of your cat down with a cold, you should contact your veterinarian. This ounce of prevention can honestly save you many vet dollars, the cold develop into something more serious.
When a cat gets a respiratory infection, it is possible that it will recur again and again (like the legendary Bad Penny.)
Another important thing to remember is cats smell their food before eating it. This is normal cat behavior and if your cat has a stuffy nose can not smell his food.
What happens if a cat can not smell his food?
The cat will not eat or drink. The cat becomes dehydrated and begins to use its own stored fat for energy.
A cat will eat and drink (most canned cat food provides not only food, but water,) is the result of not eating can cause a condition known as hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver, which can cause life-threatening.
That is why if your cat shows signs of a cold or stops eating for any reason, contact your veterinarian at once.
I can not say it enough that a simple phone call can save many future U.S. dollar vet.
A cat's cold can be a simple runny nose (clean with a warm wet washcloth, cats can not blow) and require nothing more than some TLC from you, but consult your vet first.
There are two types of virus that can cause a cat to have cold-like symptoms, the first is Felline herpes virus (FHV) and feline calicivirus (FCV). Keep track of all the recommended vaccinations for your cat, as the vaccine for FHV and FCV is given at regular intervals.
Keep your cat indoors is truly the best way to protect your cat against the beneficiary of "what goes around."

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