Having a sick pet can be a very stressful experience. The more you know about common pet ailments, the better equipped you are to deal with them in a proper fashion. A feline upper respiratory infection (URI) exhibits symptoms much like a human common cold. The most frequent signs include sneezing, red or runny eyes and nose, fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and sores on the nose, lips, tongue, and roof of the mouth.
Cats who have been around other cats, such as in an humane society, are most likely to contract a URI. As it is contagious to other cats, it’s best practice to isolate a cat with a URI. Typically a feline URI resolves with rest and supportive care within one to three weeks. If your cat hasn’t eaten for over 24 hours, is depressed or unresponsive, has green or yellow nose or eye discharge, has difficulty breathing, or has vomiting or diarrhea that lasts for over 24 hours, contact a veterinarian.
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