It can be very upsetting when your little kitten catches a cold. Here are a few hints to get her back on her paws in no time. By following these measures, you’ll likely reduce the period of time in which your cat or kitten is infected with this nagging and annoying ailment. Take heed to all of the advice listed herein and there’s a good chance that you’ll see positive results.
First of all isolate your poorly pet from any other animals that you may have. The last thing you want is to have multiple pets with any kind of ailment, and this will stop the infection spreading to the others that may reside in your house. Save yourself more potential headaches, and find a quiet area of the house for the kitten to recover, one where there won’t be much human traffic.
Keeping your kitten warm is vital as she will have very little body fat and will feel the cold. Wrap her in a warm blanket, but it is recommended to check her temperature at regular intervals with a rectal thermometer. If her temperature ever goes above 103 degrees she has a fever and its best to call a vet. Just as this would be perilous to a human, it would be to a kitten too.
Make sure your kitten is fed 4 or 5 times a day, only small portions though. Preventing dehydration is vital. So carefully check how much water she is taking.
If your kitten is refusing to eat try some chicken baby food, this has been reported as appealing to poorly cats even when they have lost their appetite. If you have some Vitamin C in the house, mix some into the food as an immune booster.
Change her bedding at regular intervals and make sure it is thoroughly disinfected before you use it again. All her toys should be cleaned and disinfected too. Just ensure the products you use aren’t phenol based, as this is poisonous to cats. Bleach is your best bet.
Keep her nose, mouth and eyes clean using a damp and warm cloth. If her nose is stuffy and she’s having trouble breathing through it, put a few drops of saline in each nostril then wipe them.
If you suspect your kitten is dehydrating, or has a fever and is getting worse instead if better, get her to see a veterinarian as soon as it is humanly possible.