Cats Can Catch the Cold but Not Like We Do
Cats don’t catch the same common cold virus as we humans go through but they most definitely can catch the cat flu. The cat flu is a contagious infection that results in similar symptoms as a common cold.
Cats that have the flu will display a number of different symptoms including sneezing, weepy eyes, fever, and constant coughing. There are a number of ways for cat flu to spread. Usually, it will spread via saliva, snot, or sneezes that touch the surface of objects like cat bowls, toys, and beddings.
To prevent the cats from catching the flu, it’s important to have them vaccinated against it as soon as they reach the appropriate age (usually eight to nine weeks). If it looks like your cat is suffering from the flu or cold-like symptoms, take them to the vet immediately for treatment.
To speed up the cat’s recovery, the vet may prescribe medication to reduce the effects of the flu. Some cats may require hospitalisation if they are showing severe symptoms.