Sometimes the only thing worse then coming down with a cold yourself is having your pet deal with the same issue. It pains us pet lovers when we see our adorable ball of fur with a miserable look on her face. A lot of people might believe that cats are immune to getting colds – but this is false. Cats do indeed get colds, and sometimes they can be quite bad. Cats have very strong immune systems so its not very often that they come down with something, but when they do, it can be devastating. Here are some things to keep in mind when/if your kitty cat gets a cold.
The first thing you need to do is judge the severity of the cat. Monitor her behaviors and see first and foremost if she can move, breathe, purr, eat, drink, and sleep. If she is unable to do any of these then it could be a severe cold which means a visit to the vet. But vet visits can be expensive, and I totally understand trying to remedy the cold at home if possible. Some careful monitoring could give you a could guess as to how bad it is. The next thing you need to do is constantly make sure that your cat is fed and hydrated. Keep a full bowl of food ready at all times, and if your cat is being stubborn, try to entice eating. Make sure her water bowl is filled as well – cats can become really picky when they get a cold, making eating and drinking very unlikely, but it is mandatory.
If your cat is dealing with discharge, from any orifice of its body, make sure you clean it up right away. Leaving it there will put your cat in a lot of discomfort, and when it’s discharge from the eyes, it can even cause infection. Ultimately you need to make sure your cat is as comfortable as possible. Any lack of comfort will result in a possibility of the cold getting worse. Last but not least, attention is the most you can give your cat. Petting her, and making her feel loved, warm, and at home will do wonders.