Cat colds are neither as common nor similar to human colds, except for the trouble they cause. Coughing and sneezing can be as problematic, as can watery eyes and nose. In as far as human colds are concerned, we all know that they are self-limiting in nature and that the symptoms disappear after a few days. All that we need is some home remedies to reduce the severity of the running nose and watery eyes. It is almost similar with cats but cat colds are not always that simple. Cold-like symptoms in cats can also be caused due to a feline upper respiratory infection.
You can safely assume that there is nothing serious if the nasal discharge appears as clear water-like serous fluid. When the runny nose is watery in nature, the cold is likely be due to a simple viral infection. These viral infections should be allowed to run their course since there is actually no cure for viral infections. You may however, try to cut down on the duration of the diseases with some home remedies.
One of the time tested remedies for cat colds is Vitamin C. In many cats this works as wonder and a quarter of a Vitamin C tablet every day for four days will totally cure the cold. Vitamin C is often advised to humans as a preventive measure against colds. With cats it is different and should not be given regularly as a preventative treatment.
In addition you may also use other feline upper respiratory herbal treatment to reduce the severity of the symptoms. Licorice and antiviral herbs like elderberry are effective herbal remedies for cat colds. Biochemical remedies fall under the ambit of homeopathy. Biochemical remedies like calc phos, hepar sulph and ferrum phos can be safely given to manage symptoms of cat colds.
Homeopathic and herbal remedies have an additional advantage of treating the basic cause of the symptoms, which in this case is usually a weakened immune system. Lack of immunity often leads to frequent attacks of cold like symptoms. If your cat is prone to develop cold frequently, it is advisable to look for boosting her immunity.
However, the importance of a specialist’s assessment of cat colds cannot be underplayed as cat colds are much more than common colds. They fall under feline respiratory disease and many times the cold-like symptoms is likely to be due to bacterial infection instead of a self limiting viral infection. If the symptoms do not show signs of receding or the nasal discharge turns opaque and yellowish green in color, it is time to consult a veterinarian.