Home Remedies for Cat Colds and Flu

Posted on Updated on 21 April, 2018

Get Rid of Cat Colds and Flu

When colds hit young and senior cats, the first symptom is lost appetite, and they could become extremely sick. Even though viruses could be treated with antibiotics, you have to know the supportive care if you want to help your cat fight off the infection and disease. When your cat is suffering from a runny nose and sneezing, you cannot treat her like a human, or send her into bed if you want her to be better. There are numerous possibilities that you could do to bring comfort to your kitty if it has a cold.

Cats have similar symptoms as humans such as a runny nose, sneezing, loss of appetite, watery eyes and lethargy. There is also the possibility to lose their voice, and their diseases and colds could last from seven days to four weeks, and all of that depends on the seriousness of cold and how are they treated.

The main thing that you need to know if you have never seen your cat sick before is that you cannot give it medicine for people, and bring your cat to the veterinarian because that is the only way to treat the disease and to prevent it to spread and to be lethal. Once you get to your veterinarian to determine exact diagnosis, you have to know some home remedies that could help your cat.

What Should You do If Your Cat has Nasal Discharge?

According to many experts, you should use a warm washcloth to clean their eyes and nasal passages. Just gently massage face of your cat with a washcloth to clean its nose and mouth. You can also use bulb syringe so that you could wash all the mucus from its nose. However, in the case you want to use a needle, you must be gentle and slow by doing that because the cat could feel uncomfortable with that. You just have to wipe their eyes and nasal with a warm cloth. You can also use saline nasal sprays so that your cat will be relieved and to get the ability to breathe. However, you must not exaggerate with it because it could cause more damage than it was, so use it twice a day. Cats often are dependent on grooming themselves, so you need to help them to reach the different areas when they are sick.

Control What Your Cat Eats:

You have to monitor the intake your cat has to make sure that it won’t get worse. The reason for that is because when the cat gets the flu or cold it could lose the sense of smell and that will cause the loss of appetite. That also means that your cat will feel exhausted and that will slow down the possibility of recovery. You have to encourage your cat to eat its favorite food and try to add a little water to easier the digestion. There is also the possibility to warm the food to (or “intending to”) giving your cat more appetite.


You have to keep your cat hydrated if she has a cold because hydration could help your cat get better and water will help it to clear all bad toxins that attack its system. You need to have water, tuna juice, and wet cat food to get it hydrated. The first thing you have to do is to provide it with fresh water all day long because that way will keep it healthy and assured. Start adding the tuna juice in the wet cat food to speed their appetite and to ensure that they eat and ingesting everything that could help it get better. You also have to keep an eye on your cat, because you have to see how much does it drink to ensure that they don’t get dehydrated. However, if your cat gets dehydrated, you have to be precocious and to take it to vet as soon as you find out because it could be fatal for a cat. If you see that your cat is weak, that is also one of the reasons why you should take her to the vet, because means that she is getting dehydrated.

How to Find Out If Your Cat is Dehydrated: 

To check if your cat is dehydrated, there are few tips that you should know. For example, you can grab you cat scruff and hold it, and when you release the fur, it should return in one second, however, if it takes longer than that there is a possibility of dehydration. You can also examine cat’s gums, if they are sticky, red and tacky, that means that you should call your vet because your cat is dehydrated.

Try to Add Supplements and Natural Remedies in their Food:

Even though there are some different thoughts about vitamins and their use on cats because some veterinarians don’t recommend this type of supplements, however, others think that it could not hurt the cat, so it could be used and added in their everyday food. You should always check with your personal veterinarian before you add anything, so after you get a green light you can add these items:

Vitamin C:

If you give to your cat 250 to 500 mg of vitamin c, twice a day it could boost its immunity similar as it does in people. There are different types of Vitamin c such as pills, gels. However, it is recommended to use gel because they are neutral and it is far too easier to give your cat that kind of supplement. You just have to squirt a little in their mount, or at their paw so that they could lick it off because it doesn’t always work if you want to add it in their food because they could refuse to eat it.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

This fantastic product is perfect for both people and cats because it could alkalize your cat’s body PH, which will kill all pathogens and bacteria. You just have to add half of teaspoon into its food once a day, and you will see if your cat will get better or not.


Once your cat gets herpes virus, it is similar to humans, it will remain in your system always. You can add to the food, only if your vet says so, lysine which is an essential amino acid that will build blocks for proteins to inhibit the herpes virus. The initial dosage is from 250 to 500 mg. You should also take gel formula because it could be very difficult to administer pills to your cat.

Turn Up the Heat:

Cats are known for being aquatic animals, so if they could spend ten minutes in the steamy bathroom, it could help them by opening their airways. If you get them in a steamy bathroom, that could open nasal passages so that they could fight the infection. If your cat is sensitive and very resistant to the idea of a steamy shower, try to comfort her by accompanying it with petting and scratching. You can also make your kitty sit next to warm surfaces, such as a heating pad, but you have to be careful because don’t make it so hot that they could burn. If you don’t want to risk with these possibilities, just try to add a few blankets on your cat to keep her warm and cozy.


You must not give your cat medications unless you got them prescribed by your veterinarian. There are different possibilities, for example, in some cases, you could use decongestants such as Chlortrimeton, Benadryl or any nasal spray that could help your cat relieve congestion. However, the dosage must be administered according to your cat’s weight and only by the veterinarian recommendation. You cannot, ever give human medications on cases, unless your vet says so, however, he must know that only antibiotics could interfere with their diseases, to treat secondary infections.

When to See a Veterinarian?

If your cat gets more severe symptoms such as increased nasal and eye discharge, difficulty in the breather, refusal to drink or eat, or increased lethargy, you must make sure to visit a veterinarian because you cannot treat the problem that occurred in your home. These signals are important because sometimes your vet could prescribe medications or even antibiotics, so if you think and care about your cat health, you should always first check it with the vet, and afterward, you can try these home remedy tips that we described in this article.


These tips are here to give you all relevant information that you need to understand how to help your cat in home conditions. However, you should always check with your vet first because there are possibilities that your cat has some serious illness that looks just like a cold, but maybe there is more up to it than simple bacteria. If you love your kitty, you will know what the best thing is to it.