Cats can be infected with influenza viruses, including avian influenza viruses, and can spread influenza viruses to each other (cat-to-cat). Less is known about the risk of an infected cat spreading flu to people. Influenza infection in cats has generally resulted in mild illness in cats.
Cat flu is not usually life threatening in adult cats, although they can become very ill. You cannot catch flu from your cat, but your cat could catch some forms of flu from you. There are a few reports of certain flu viruses (e.g. H1N1- the “swine flu” virus) passing from humans to their pet cats.
Secondly, can my pets catch the flu from me? The flu virus is spread from one person to another person, so make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes. You’ll be happy to know that similar to the common cold, your dog won’t get the flu if a human member of his household is sick. However, there is a canine-specific influenza you should be aware of.
how can I tell if my cat has the flu?
- Runny nose.
- Sore eyes.
- Subdued behaviour.
- Loss of appetite.
- Eye and mouth ulcers.
How can I treat cat flu at home?
- Keep their fluids up: encourage them to drink, as water can help to loosen catarrhal secretions.
- Try to keep their eyes and nose clear: gently wipe away any discharge that accumulates with cotton-wool pads dipped in salt water.
- If their appetite is lacking, try and encourage them to eat.
Can cats die from the flu?
Cat flu is like a human cold – it can cause a runny nose and eyes, and a sore throat. All cats with symptoms of cat flu should see the vet. However it can be serious, even fatal, in kittens, and in adult cats with other serious underlying illnesses.
What do I eat when I have the flu?
Consider eating the following foods when you have the flu. Broth. Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or vegetable, broth is one of the best things you can eat when you have the flu. Chicken soup. Garlic. Yogurt. Vitamin C–containing fruits. Leafy greens. Broccoli. Oatmeal.
What illnesses can humans catch from cats?
The three most common protozoal diseases in cats and humans are cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, and toxoplasmosis. Cryptosporidiosis can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps, and dehydration in both cats and people.
How long are you contagious with the flu?
If you have the flu, you’ll be contagious one day before developing symptoms and up to five to seven days after becoming ill. Younger children or people with a weakened immune system may be contagious for longer. The influenza virus can also survive on surfaces, such as doorknobs and tables, for up to 24 hours.
Do cats know when you’re sick?
Like dogs, cats also have an uncanny ability to detect ailments and diseases as well. Cats also have an acute sense of smell and have the ability to sniff out a chemical change in the body caused by a disease. They can also sense the differences in behavior both physically and psychologically due to an illness.
Does cat flu go away by itself?
As cat flu is caused by viruses, there is no direct cure, so treatment aims to relieve clinical signs until the immune system can clear the infection. Supportive treatment can include pain medication, anti-viral medication, eye drops and antibiotics for any secondary bacterial infection.
What is the difference between influenza A and B?
While the symptoms of influenza B mirrors those of A, the main difference between the two strains is who it can affect. This allows strains of A to be spread more rapidly than B, while also meaning strains of B cannot cause pandemics with symptoms likely less severe. Flu shots protect against both strains of influenza.
When should I take my cat to the vet for sneezing?
If the sneezing becomes more persistent, if your cat sneezes blood, or has other symptoms such as excessive nasal discharge, runny eyes, fatigue, coughing or trouble breathing or if he or she is off their food then you should make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible.
How can I treat my cats cold without going to the vet?
Offer warmed canned cat food or meat-based baby food to encourage your cat to eat. Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking. Do not give your cat any medication without consulting your vet, as many human medications are toxic to cats.
What can I give my cat for coughing and sneezing?
1) Clean your house thoroughly to minimize airborne irritants like dust or perfumes. 2) Change to a low-dust cat litter – bigger granules don’t clump as well, but they give off less dust. 4) Apply saline nose drops to help thin mucus in the nasal passages and relieve irritation that may cause sneezing.
Should I take my cat to the vet for a cold?
Cat colds are usually harmless and the symptoms should disappear within 10 days or so. It is therefore vital to pay close attention to your cat’s condition and to bring them to the vet if there is no sign of improvement within 4 or 5 days.
What medicine can I give my cat for a cold?
Cats are even more sensitive to this drug. Cough medications such as dextromethorphan (Robitussin) and guaifenesin (Mucinex) are sometimes used in pets, but should only be used as recommended by your vet.
How long does the flu last in cats?
How long is a cat contagious with upper respiratory infection?
The virus is quite contagious to other cats, so if you have any resident cats, keep them separate. You can expect symptoms to continue for 7-10 days and they may vary in intensity (just like a cold!).