How long does it take for a kitten to recover from upper respiratory infection?

How long does it take for a kitten to recover from upper respiratory infection?

Most cases of URI in cats last seven to ten days.

Will a cat URI go away on its own?

Luckily, you can. The good news is some cat upper respiratory infections go away on their own, just like humans’ bouts with the common cold. But some conditions can be contagious to other cats. It’s important to know the signs that call for a visit to your veterinarian.

What happens if a kitten has an URI?

In kittens and in some cats, however, it can have serious consequences. Because the kitten or cat may no longer be able to smell its food, it may quit eating. If it does, it could literally starve to death. You want to help your kitten or cat heal from its URI before it gets to that point.

What can I do to help my cat with Uri?

You can also use a very soft toothbrush, like the tiny Wisp by Colgate (do remove the toxic mouthwash bead and clean well first), to gently clean around the nose. If the cat or kitten is trying to help itself by grooming, make sure to help keep their arms and paws clean too.

How often does a shelter cat get Uri?

We now know that having fewer than 5% of cats develop URI in shelter care is an achievable goal. Because of its close association with herpesviral activation and stress, URI is also a bellwether for overall shelter cat health and well-being.

Can a vet prescribe antibiotics for an URI?

Your vet may prescribe antibiotics in the presence of infection. Please remember, URIs are caused by viruses, so antibiotics are only supportive if they actually have a bad infection that needs attacking. As with humans, overuse of antibiotics leads to resistant viruses and a digestive tract that’s out of balance.

What’s the best way to help a kitten with Uri?

Besides, snuggling with your new kitten or cat will increase your bond and make you both feel better. Second, make sure your kitten or cat is eating, every 4 hours if possible until you’re sure its appetite is back.

How to take care of a new cat with an upper respiratory infection?

This not only lets you watch for signs of disease in the new cat, but also reduces stress levels for everyone as they slowly become acquainted. Wash items such as food bowls and litter scoops with bleach during this time period. Always be sure to take care of the new cat last and change clothes after your visit.

Your vet may prescribe antibiotics in the presence of infection. Please remember, URIs are caused by viruses, so antibiotics are only supportive if they actually have a bad infection that needs attacking. As with humans, overuse of antibiotics leads to resistant viruses and a digestive tract that’s out of balance.

What to do if a kitten has a viral infection?

Although viral infections do not respond to antibacterial drugs, broad-spectrum antibacterial drugs may be prescribed in an effort to prevent secondary bacterial infections from complicating the disease, particularly in kittens.