Can Cats Get Colds? A Purr-fect Guide by Miles the Maine Coon

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“I want to talk about something that often makes us cats feel a bit under the weather - colds!” - Miles the Maine Coon


Meow there! I'm Miles, your furry feline friend, and today I want to talk about something that often makes us cats feel a bit under the weather - colds! Just like you humans, cats can catch colds too. In this article, I'll guide you through the ins and outs of cats and colds, so you can understand us better and help us feel better when we're sneezing and sniffling.

Section 1: Understanding the Cat Cold

Meow-gical Me! As a cat, I can get a cold just like you get a cold. The common cold in cats is caused by different viruses, similar to the ones that make you feel stuffy and sniffly. One of the most common culprits is the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and the feline calicivirus (FCV). These sneaky viruses can make us feel less like chasing yarn balls and more like taking long naps.

Section 2: How Do Cats Catch Colds?

I bet you're wondering how we kitties catch these chilly colds, right? Well, the viruses that cause colds in cats can be spread through direct contact with other infected cats. For example, if a kitty with a cold sneezes or coughs around us, we might catch it too. Sharing water bowls, toys, or even just giving each other nose-to-nose greetings can also spread those pesky viruses. So, it's important to be cautious around other cats when they're feeling unwell.

Section 3: Signs and Symptoms of a Cat Cold

Hmmm, how can you tell if your feline friend has caught a cold? Let me help you with that! When we get a cold, some common signs and symptoms may include:

  • Sneezing: Ah-choo! Just like you, we kitties sneeze when our little noses get tickled by those pesky cold viruses.
  • Runny nose: Sniff, sniff! Our noses might get all drippy and runny. You may notice some clear or slightly colored discharge.
  • Watery eyes: Oh, those watery eyes! Sometimes, our eyes might look teary and a bit red.
  • Lethargy: When we're not feeling well, we tend to sleep more and have less energy for playing and purring.
  • Reduced appetite: Those yummy treats may not seem so tempting when our noses are all stuffy. We might eat less or show less interest in food.
  • Coughing: Just like humans, we may cough a bit when we have a cold, although it's not as common in cats as it is in humans.

Section 4: Treatment and Care for a Sick Kitty

When a cold creeps up on us kitties, we appreciate a little extra TLC. Here are some ways you can help us feel better:

  • Keep us warm: We love warm, cozy places. Provide a soft bed or blanket where we can snuggle up and rest.
  • Clear our noses: You can gently wipe our noses with a soft cloth or use saline drops (made for cats) to help relieve congestion.
  • Hydration is key: Make sure we have plenty of fresh water to drink. Sometimes, we may not feel like drinking, so you can try offering wet food with a bit of water to make it more appealing.
  • Let us eat: Even if our appetites are reduced, it's important to encourage us to eat. Offer our favorite foods or treats to entice us.
  • Consult the vet: If our symptoms persist or worsen, it's always a good idea to consult a veterinarian. They can provide appropriate medications or advice to help us feel better.

Section 5: Prevention is Better than Cat Cold!

You know what they say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!" Here's how you can keep us cats healthy and prevent colds:

  • Vaccinations: Regular vaccinations can help protect us against common cat viruses, including those that cause colds. Make sure we're up-to-date with our shots!
  • Good hygiene: Washing hands before and after handling different cats can reduce the spread of viruses. And remember, a clean litter box is a happy box!
  • Quarantine when necessary: If one of us kitties has a cold, it's important to keep us separated from other cats to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Stress-free environment: Reducing stress can strengthen our immune systems. Provide a calm and loving atmosphere at home to keep us purring in good health.


Meow-zers! You've learned so much about cats and colds. Just like you, we felines can catch a cold from other cats. But with your love and care, we can overcome those sniffles and get back to our playful selves in no time. Remember, if you're ever concerned about our health, it's best to consult a veterinarian. Until then, keep the cuddles coming and cherish the purr-fect moments we share together!