Remedies to cure a cat's cold

Cat cold

Our furry friends they catch colds and colds. It is often due to a sudden drop in temperatures, but it can also be due to an underlying disease. Fortunately, in most cases it is nothing serious, but in others we will have no choice but to take it to the vet for an examination.

At home we have to take care of it so that it does not get cold, but also With these remedies to cure the cat's cold, you will surely make him feel much better. Take note.

What is a cold in cats?

Cat with cold

The cold is an infectious disease usually of viral origin that affects the upper respiratory system. Its 'victims' are people, dogs, and of course cats, among others. It lasts about a week. There is no cure and there is no vaccine to prevent it, but symptoms usually resolve on their own within a few days.

Cold symptoms in cats

This is a very easy disease to identify. The symptoms that cats present are practically the same that we can have. Namely:

  • Runny nose: When the virus has already entered the cat's body, one of the first things it does is irritate the nasal lining. To protect itself, the body produces mucus that the animal will expel through sneezes.
  • Sneezing: this is an involuntary reflex to expel foreign bodies. Your cat will do this several times throughout the day while he is ill.
  • Breathing through the mouth: As the nostrils become inflamed and clogged by mucus, the cat is forced to breathe through its mouth.
  • Loss of appetite: Having blocked nostrils will make it harder for you to smell food, so you may start to eat less.

As the disease continues to progress, these other symptoms will appear:

  • Trouble breathing- In severe cases, the lungs fill with fluids and the cat has a lot of trouble breathing normally.
  • Changes in mucusIf the mucus turns darker in color and thicker, it is because the common cold has become a highly contagious bacterial infection.
  • Fever: the normal temperature of a cat is between 37ºC and 7ºC. If it is higher, it is because he has a fever.

Causes of the cold in cats

Cat with cold symptoms

The cold is a disease that causes great discomfort to our cat, which will surely remain on the sofa, very close to a source of heat. But what has caused it? As we said, most of the time it is of viral origin. In the case of felines, the viruses that most frequently cause colds are the herpes virus and the calicivirus, which are those of the feline flu.

Herpes virus (FHV)

Potentially deadly, the symptoms of herpesvirus are: chronic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Of course, if it is diagnosed in time, the recovery is almost complete. The only thing that may remain is permanent nasal discharge, but the animal will be in good health.

Calicivirus (FCV)

The infected cat will have ulcers in the mouth or nose. You will also have nasal secretions, but they will not be very heavy.

Remedies to cure a cold in cats

Cat with a warm cold

Now that we know what a cold is and what can cause it, it is time to find out what we can do to help our friend feel better. It is important that you know that, since there is no vaccine against the virus, treatment only consists of relieving symptoms and trying to make the cat as good as possible. That said, here are a few remedies that are sure to help you feel good:


Your furry will instinctively move away from the cold, so without a doubt one of the first measures we must take is to keep the home warm. Keep the windows closed, and the cat away from drafts.

If it is of a breed that does not have hair, such as the Sphynx, bundle it up with cat clothes so you don't get cold. Likewise, it is highly recommended that you stay in a cave-type bed, as these will keep the animal much more protected; if you don't have one, put the heater in a closed room, and take it there after a few minutes. Another option is cover it with a blanket 🙂.


Cat sick with cold

A cat with a cold, unable to breathe normally due to mucus, has difficulty identifying the smell of his food. When you are sick, it is likely that you will stop eating with the same desire as before, but this has an easy solution: cans for felines. Not only are they much easier to eat, but they are tastier and, above all, fragrant. Surely you will not be able to resist them.

Another important point that we cannot forget is that of the ingestion of liquids (water). For a speedy recovery you must drink a lot. It must always be clean and crystal clear, otherwise you will not taste it. Still, if you see that he doesn't drink, can you give him chicken broth.

Steam shower

An effective remedy for mucus to flow and you can easily remove it with a tissue is to turn on the hot water tap in the shower and let the bathroom soak in steam. Once i am, we will leave the cat inside for 15 minutes.

How to prevent colds in cats

Cat in bed with a cold

Although you cannot prevent a cat from becoming infected with the virus that causes a cold, we can do a number of things to lower the chances of that happening.

Quality food

Giving him a quality diet will be very helpful, as will keep the immune system strong and healthy.

Up-to-date vaccinations

It is true that vaccines do not protect 100%, but even if they do 98% it is already much more than nothing. So, for your cat to be in good health you must have all your vaccinations up to date.

Hygiene measures for the home

To avoid getting sick it is highly advisable keep the home clean ... and its dishes. We will mop the floor at least every two days to kill the viruses that may be found on its surface, and its feeder and drinker daily.

We hope these remedies have been useful to cure a cat cold. Do not forget to give him a lot of love so that he recovers soon 🙂.

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  1.   chico said

    My cat has given him some injections because he had angina and also pills of course I'm the ones I give them, and now he sees me and hides

    I went out 3 times to the street and was very sociable and met his needs on the street, now I don't want to go out and he's under

    He's out of bed and he's aggressive with me, he's been like this for a week and it's hard for him to relieve himself in the sand, the vet tells me to be patient that he will pray when he needs it and that it's three for the treatment that it's a matter of days that he regains confidence

    It can be so, I hope it is so, thanks for your attention

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      If it can be. Sometimes you just have to be patient.
      Anyway, if you see that it does not improve, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian again.