Friday, March 3, 2017

Caring for a Cat with a Cold

Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough is a former social worker who earned her doctor of medicine in 1988 and subsequently began working as a psychiatrist. Now semi-retired, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough serves as staff supervisor at Venice, Florida's St. Francis Animal Rescue, where she is responsible for volunteer and adoption coordination and working with the shelter's veterinarian to treat sick animals.

Like humans, cats are prone to developing the flu or cold-like symptoms. While it's best to take your cat to the vet if he or she hasn't eaten in several days or has bloody discharges, oftentimes a common cold can be treated at home. Signs that might indicate your cat has a cold include sneezing for long periods of time, coughing, and excess swallowing. You can also listen to the cat's breathing. If it's wheezy or raspy, you can help by turning on a humidifier.

Be sure to continually check up on your cat and wipe away any discharge from the eyes or nose with warm saltwater on a cloth or cotton ball. In addition to keeping the water bowl filled to avoid dehydration, you might also have to encourage your cat to eat by warming his or her food to increase the odor.

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