Can a cat catch a cold? The answer is slightly more complex than the question!
Cats don't 'catch' the same kind of cold as humans.Cats can however catch a type of cat flu.
Caused by several viruses, cat flu is most commonly spread 'cat to cat'and can be highly contagious. Kittens and older immune-compromised cats are more commonly affected.
Although human colds and cat flu can be similar in symptoms, humans very rarely pass on their colds to cats and cats don't pass on their cat flu to humans.
Cat flu is most commonly caused by the feline herpes (FHV-1) and feline calicivirus (FCV) strains of virus.
Usually lasting around 7-10 days, some cats that contract cat flu during kitten-hood can have lifelong flare ups.
There are yearly injections available to help prevent cat flu and cats can start these injections as kittens from around 9 weeks old. Sadly, these vaccines will be ineffective if your cat has already contracted cat flu.
There are also medications and treatments available that can help your cat should they contract cat flu.
If your cat shows 'cold like' symptoms such as lack of energy, fever, congestion, loss of appetite, sneezing, coughing etc then veterinary advice is advised.
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