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Cat Flu Solutions – Home Remedies For Cats:
What happens if your cat gets the cat flu virus? Do you know what cat flu looks like and how to care for an affected cat? Do you have some handy cat flu care information available?
The flu viruses affect animals much in the same way that humans are affected. Flu causes an upper respiratory infection and same as in humans, weak and immune compromised animals tend to be those affected the most. All people can contract the flu and likewise – all cats can get cat flu.
The age groups that are often most affected for both humans and cats are the very young, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. The symptoms will not be exactly the same for all cats, and they do not necessarily show all of the symptoms.
Cat Flu Symptoms Include:
Swollen eyelids, swollen lids and conjunctiva, weeping eyes or just redness over the white of the eyes – all to varying degrees in each individual.
A cat with a stronger immune system will show milder symptoms, whereas a kitten’s eyes may be extremely swollen, even to the point of swollen shut and no vision. If the swelling is accompanied by a heavy discharge, this is usually indicative of a secondary bacterial infection.
Cat is Sneezing:
Sneezing is a common in cat flu symptom, as is coughing. Sometimes a cat can sneeze so violently and frequently that the nasal ling becomes very sore and they can even get nose bleeds.
Cat Has Nasal Discharge:
Watery discharge from the nose (not pleasant when you cat is sitting on your lap and sneezing!)
Kitty Has A Fever.
Cat Flu is often accompanied by a fever. It is good to keep a rectal thermometer on hand so you are able to check the cat’s temperature. If it is higher than 101 then you should seek veterinary help.
Lack Of Appetite:
With the sinus affected a cat with cat flu cannot smell food and may stop eating. You may be able to get her to eat by offering very strong smelling food such as sardines.
Cat has Mouth Ulcers:
A painful symptom of cat flu are ulcers inside the mouth, on the tongue and around the lips. This also interferes with the cat’s appetite – simply because it hurts to eat.
Cat is Dehydrated:
You cat may become dehydrated if she is not eating and drinking. You can check this by lifting up the skin on the back of the neck – it should snap back into place immediately you let go (test this on your own arm to see how fast). If it takes a second or more and seems slow to settle, then you cat is dehydrated and you will need to get some fluids into her ASAP.
There are good oral re-hydration products available to buy – but if the dehydration is extreme then you will need to have fluids administered – either by injection or intravenously. This will most likely require a vet, unless you have experience with injecting fluids yourself and also keep the necessary fluids on hand.
Pneumonia: One of the more severe complications if the cat flu is not able to be controlled is pneumonia, which of course is very serious.
If you cat is showing any of the above cat flu symptoms, then you need to keep a close eye on her. Monitor the situation closely and make a trip to the vet if you feel the symptoms are more than just mild.
Recommended treatment: Natural Cat Flu Remedy