Caring for a Cat With a Runny Nose

A cat with a runny nose may be caused by several health issues, including upper respiratory infections which are often caused by viruses.

Other Accompanying Symptoms

Other symptoms that often accompany a cat with a cold and wet nose include:

  • A low fever
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A lack of energy
  • Decreased appetite

Owners should make sure their cat is getting enough water and food to avoid dehydration. Serious cases of dehydration may require a hospital stay and IV treatment. Symptoms lasting longer than two weeks and high fevers above 103 degrees should be addressed by a veterinarian.

Caring For Your Sick Cat

Bring your cat to the vet so he can advise if your cat is suffering from an upper respiratory infection and prescribe any necessary antibiotics.

Viruses can be highly contagious, so if you own multiple pets it is important to keep the sick cat away from your healthy animals. Disinfect any food and water bowls, cages, beds and general areas that the sick cat has been around to prevent the spread of viruses. Isolation is the best method to preventing infection to your other animals.

Encourage your cat to eat by heating his food, adding chicken broth, or feeding him boiled chicken.

Clean your cat's nose and eyes of any secretions with a damp washcloth or tissue, and apply Vaseline to the nose to keep it moist.