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We are deep into cold season right now. The only good thing with going out wearing masks, and disinfecting everything, is that everyone is getting fewer colds this year. But a question we get a lot is, can cats catch a cold? The short answer is yes.

Catching Cold

Cats can get upper respiratory infections and just like humans, they can catch these from a virus or bacteria. Some people call this the “cat flu” which is a term often used to describe a cat respiratory infection. The cat flu can be caused by Feline Herpes Virus 1 and the Feline Calicivirus, which causes symptoms closest to the symptoms we see in humans like the sniffles.

Cat Cold Symptoms

The cat flu is common in both kittens and adult cats and is typically mild. In rare cases it can cause long term health damage or death,. So any illness should be watched and evaluated for seriousness. If you notice your cat having difficulty breathing or any symptom that seems more serious, you will want to take them to the vet immediately.

Common symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Sniffles
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Fever
  • Breathing problems
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Eye ulcers

If you are concerned at all about your cat having the cat flu you should make an appointment to see your Albuquerque vet.

My Cat Had a Cold and Now I have a Cold

If your cat has a cold and now you have one do not go blaming Garfield. You cannot catch a cold, or the cat flu, from your cat. They, in turn, cannot catch it from you either. So if you sneeze all over your cat, though it may be gross, your cat will not get sick.