Oh no! My new kitten is suddenly sneezing and has a stuffy nose! What is wrong with her? She most likely has a “Kitty Cold”, which is a very common illness caused by a virus. It’s similar to the kind of colds people get. With proper care a kitty with a cold can make a full recovery, but there are some things you can do at home to help them feel better. Kitties with upper respiratory congestion can get really “stuffed up” and here’s an easy at-home treatment using plain saline to help them loosen up a stuffy nose. A kitten that is congested will gasp for breath, have trouble sleeping, and most dangerously, refuse to eat. Think back the last time you had a bad cold: you may have been hungry but nothing tasted good, right? It’s the same with cats and they rely on their sense of smell to stimulate appetite. By relieving the congestion with the saline drops, a kitten will be able to smell food want eat. Watch the easy tips here to help ease that stuffy nose until the “kitty cold” is gone!
Kitty colds can also lead to bacterial upper respiratory infections which can be very serious, especially to small kittens. So if your kitty is not eating or is acting lethargic you MUST get her to a vet. Most often the vet will prescribe a round of antibiotics to help fight the infection.