If flu is going around your house, you might want to take a look at your cat. While your cat can't get the same strain of flu that you have, they are susceptible to their own strain. Cat flu can make your cat feel just as miserable as you do when you're sick. Some of the symptoms of cat flu include sneezing, weepy eyes, runny nose and a lack of appetite. If your cat is exhibiting any of those symptoms, there are some simple tricks you can use to help it feel better.
Add Odor to Food
If your cat has a stuffy nose, it might not be able to smell its food. If that's the case, it may choose not to eat. While its nose is stuffy, try feeding it foods that have a strong odor. Open a can of tuna and offer that to your cat.
Blend Things Up
If your cat has a touch of the flu, it probably doesn't feel up to eating a full meal. However, it might be willing to lap up a few liquid treats. If your cat has refused to eat for more than 24 hours, try placing its food in the blender with a small amount of chicken broth. Place a small amount of the food on a spoon and offer it to your cat. It may not feel up to chewing its food but it may find the gravy-like food a tasty treat.
Wipe It Down
When cats have the flu, their eyes and nose can get caked with a mucus. The mucus can make it difficult for your cat to see and to breathe. Keep your cat comfortable by wiping its face several times a day. Soak a soft cloth in warm water. Wring the cloth out to remove most of the water and then wipe your cats face. Be sure to clean around the corners of your cat's eyes and around its nose.
Reach for Soothing Saline
If mucus has clogged your cat's nasal passages, it might be having a difficult time breathing. The same saline solution that you use to relieve your clogged nasal passages can be used to relieve your cat as well. Place one or two drops of saline solution in each of your cat's nostrils two or three times a day until the symptoms go away.
If your cat has the flu, you want it to feel better fast. Take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as the symptoms become apparent. In addition to the treatment your veterinarian recommends, use the tips described above to help keep your cat comfortable while it recovers. Click here to learn more from a go to site.