Feline Respiratory Infections: Know the Signs

Do you have a cold, or upper respiratory infection? Are you or someone in your house sneezing and blowing his nose a lot? If so, you are not alone. With the recent variations in temperature, many people are struggling with Upper Respiratory Infections or URIs.


Did you know that cats can contract upper respiratory infections too? Your cat comes in contact with a number of bacteria or viruses each day that can cause these infections.

According to vetted.com, it is not only important to know the signs of a URI but also know when to seek the aid of a professional.

Signs of an Upper Respiratory Infection

URIs are one of the most easily-diagnosable issues in cats. Some of the symptoms to watch for include:

  • Excessive sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose (clear or cloudy)
  • Ulcers of the mouth
  • Trouble eating
  • Fever
  • Lethargy

The symptoms of a URI will generally come on gradually and can last anywhere from 7-20 days, even with medication. In general, if it looks and sounds like your cat has a common cold, it’s probably an upper respiratory infection. To be sure it isn’t feline flu, click here.

So, if you hear sneezing, look around. It just might be your cat. Keep an eye on him and be sure to seek the advice of your veterinarian if his symptoms do not subside.

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