Flu season is here. If you own cats, you should know that they can get sick with the virus too. Similar to the flu virus that can make you sick every year, the feline flu virus can make your cat feel miserable. Unfortunately, your cat can't take care of itself when it's sick. That's where you come in. Here are four simple tips you can use to help relieve your cat's flu symptoms.
Reach For The Saline Drops
You might not realize this, but your cat can suffer from a stuffy nose. If your cat is suffering from the flu, its nose could get congested, which can make it difficult to breathe. If your cat is having a hard time breathing, place a few saline drops in each nostril. The saline drops will thin the mucus and help your cat breathe easier. Once the mucus is thinned, you can wipe it away with a soft cloth or tissue. In addition to the saline drops, you should also use a humidifier to moisturize the air so your cat can breathe easier.
Wipe It Away
While your cat has the flu, it may develop a crusty film around its eyes and nose. You'll want to keep those areas clean. Use a warm wash cloth to gently wash your cats face – especially around its eyes and nose. It's also important to note that your cat's nose may run while it has the flu. Keep a hankie on hand to wipe your cat's nose.
Find New Ways To Offer Food
Your cat may lose its appetite while it's sick. It might also have a difficult time smelling its food if its nose is congested. Finding new ways to feed your cat may help provide it with the nutrients it will need. Try offering foods that have a stronger odor, such as canned tuna. If your cat doesn't have the energy to chew its food, try placing a small amount of food in a blender. Your cat may enjoy softer food while it's sick.
If your cat comes down with the feline flu, it should feel better in just a few days. Use the suggestions provided above to help keep your cat comfortable while it's sick. It's important to note that in serious cases, cats can become dehydrated or develop pneumonia. If your cat becomes lethargic, develops an uncontrollable cough or has difficulty breathing, you should get to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible.