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Help and advice if your pet suffers from cat flu, cat colds or other ailments

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A cat cold is certainly a very unpleasant experience for your pet - but thankfully it will not necessarily develop into full-blown cat flu.

The symptoms of a cat cold are much the same as those experienced by humans - a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and loss of appetite. Although it's worth noting that there's no risk of you catching your cat's cold.

If you have other cats in the home you should keep them away from your sick pet to avoid the risking of them catching the cold too. Cat colds are extremely contagious and surprisingly much more prevalent in the summer months.

There are many locations where your cat can pick up a cold - it could be at a kennel, during a visit to the vet or simply from

coming into contact with another infected cat outdoors.

Whatever the case, if you suspect your cat is suffering from a cat cold you should pay a visit to your vet as soon as possible for advice on the best course and action and seek reassurance the problem is not developing into something more serious.

You should also seek advice on ways to encourage your cat to eat and drink to avoid the risk of dehydration.

Your cat will not eat if it can't smell it's food and, of course, a blocked nose will prevent it from being able to smell.

Some owners suggesting warming your cat's food slightly to increase its fragrance. Another tactic is to give your pet strong-smelling foods like sardines.

With plenty of care and attention your cat should recover from its cold within seven to 10 days. And don't forget cat's can't blow their noses - so you should have a warm, damp cloth to hand and wipe your cat or kitten's nose regularly.

The obvious cause for concern is if the situation starts to get worse - this occurs when the viral infection moves downwards to your pet's lungs or bronchial region and develops into a respiratory problem.

Sadly when the problem develops into a respiratory matter it often mean a cat will be troubled several more times during its life with cat colds.

Elderly cats and kittens need particular close attention as they can be susceptible to a deterioration in their condition which can sometimes prove fatal.

Vitamin C is known to help humans build up a resistance to colds and many pet owners believe it can also help cats. Some claim their pets have recovered within three to four days, as a result of being given a quarter of a Vitamin C tablet each day.

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