Just like humans, cats can catch colds 😿, which are known as upper respiratory infections (URI). These infections are caused by viruses such as feline herpesvirus and calicivirus, or bacteria like Chlamydophila felis.

Cats with URI may show symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestion, and discharge from the eyes or nose. Other signs include fever, lethargy, and reduced appetite, which can vary from mild to severe.

Common Symptoms of URI in Cats

URIs spread easily among cats, especially in crowded environments like shelters. Direct contact with infected cats or contaminated objects, such as toys and bedding, facilitates the spread of these infections

How Do Cats Catch Colds?

Treatment and Care for Your Cat

Treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms and may include antivirals, antibiotics, and supportive care like hydration. Keeping your cat in a clean, quiet, and comfortable environment helps speed up recovery.