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Feline Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs)





What Is a Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)?

A feline upper respiratory infection is similar to a common cold in humans. It can also be referred to as feline infectious respiratory disease and feline upper respiratory disease complex (URD). It can affect the upper part of the airway: throat, trachea, nasal cavities and bronchi. Antibiotics are sometimes given to treat a possible bacterial infection, but they are not especially helpful. The underlying cause is usually viral in nature, so often home remedies for cat colds can be extremely beneficial. There is no completely effective antibiotic veterinary treatment, and the best treatment is supporting the cat's immune system.

URIs in cats are highly contagious. They can occur in any cat, but are more frequent in shelters and enclosed environments. Nasal and eye secretions from an infected cat can be spread by direct contact, such as grooming, hissing and playing, and also by environmental exposure such as with food bowls, brushes and litter boxes.

If your cat is congested, it may lose interest in food and water. It is very important to keep your kitty well fed and hydrated. A typical URI resolves in one to three weeks when given supportive care that helps the immune system overcome the virus.

Some cats suffer from chronic URIs. It can be discouraging to watch your cat suffer long-term with this chronic condition, and there may be bouts of hope as the symptoms wax and wane. The virus will remain in the body but will go dormant until reactivated by stressful situations, such as a move to a new home or the addition of a new pet to the family. While chronic URIs can be caused by a suppressed immune system, it is important to have your cat tested for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or feline leukemia virus (FeLV).


Symptoms of Feline Upper Respiratory Infections


  • Sneezing

  • Nasal congestion

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Fever

  • Discharge from the nose or eyes

  • Lack of appetite




  • Cat Sneezing

    Has your cat been sneezing? An occasional sneeze is normal, but if your kitty has ongoing sneezing, then please contact your veterinarian. Frequent sneezing is typically a sign of infection, whether it be viral, fungal or bacterial. Cats with viruses such as herpes are more prone to URIs. If any of the following clinical signs are present, in addition to the sneezing, a veterinarian visit may be necessary:

  • Runny or squinting eyes

  • Nasal discharge

  • Pawing at the face

  • Difficulty chewing food

  • Drooling

  • Bloody discharge from the nose

  • Noisy breathing or difficulty breathing

  • Dehydration

  • The sneezing may be due to airborne allergens (pollen, dust), foreign material in the nasal passage, upper respiratory infections (herpesvirus, calicivirus), pneumonia or cancer.

    Cats don't have to be on antibiotics all the time. A few holistic cat sneezing remedies combined with feeding a hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diet can be life-changing for your kitty.


    Cat Sinus Infections (Sinusitis) & Rhinitis

    Two common conditions that cause cat breathing problems and nasal discharge are rhinitis and sinusitis. Rhinitis is the inflammation of the cat’s nose, and sinusitis is the inflammation of the nasal passages. If the nasal discharge is coming from both sides of the nose, it is usually viral or bacterial. When discharge is in just one side, it may be fungal, nasal polyps or tooth root abscess. Sinus infections can also occur as a symptom of a weakened immune system due to an underlying viral condition. Cats may show improvement with the use of antibiotics, but by strengthening the immune system, you can help to prevent flare-ups and recurrences. If your cat has been diagnosed with a feline virus, there is so much you can do to help using a holistic approach. Please click on this link for our holistic treatments for feline viruses.


    Feline Asthma

    Feline asthma is the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disease. Asthma symptoms can be similar to chronic bronchitis and even sometimes mistaken for hairballs. If your cat has been diagnosed with asthma, there is so much you can do to help using a holistic approach. Please click on this link for our holistic treatments for cats with asthma.


    Natural Remedies for Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats


    While conventional veterinary medical options are limited, holistic treatments for feline URIs can make a significant improvement in the cat's life. Holistic treatments for feline upper respiratory infection are covered in a more comprehensive way in this article about feline viruses. When dealing with an upper respiratory infection in cats, home treatment with a holistic approach encompasses a two-fold approach: changing your cat's diet to strengthen the immune system and using a few supportive supplements to control the virus. It is essential for cat owners who have a cat with a viral infection to keep antiviral supplements on hand in the event of a flare-up.



    Immune Support Kit

    The Immune Support Kit Is an Effective, Easy-To-Use Home Remedy for Cats With Upper Respiratory Infections

    It contains three tasteless, natural remedies. These three remedies are easy to administer, reduce inflammation and clear sinuses to improve breathing. Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies for cats with upper respiratory infections together.

    NotaSAN -This natural homeopathic remedy fights bacterial infections and supports your pet's immune system. It controls harmful bacteria and acts like natural antibiotics for cat respiratory infections. It’s gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.

    QuentaSAN - This homeopathic remedy fights viral infections, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system, making it a great cat cough home remedy. Secondary bacterial infections often involve underlying viruses, so using the NotaSAN and QuentaSAN together is very effective in supporting your pet's health.

    Silver Immune Support - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy-to-use remedy to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and well tolerated even by tiny pets.



    Power Probiotic - This is the best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria, which are essential to a healthy immune system. It’s critical to use if your pet has taken antibiotics and steroids. Most pets love the taste too.



    Immune Harmony - This product contains a unique patented plant sterol formula that provides long-term immune support. It’s very helpful for pets with viruses and autoimmune disease.




    Diet for Cats With Upper Respiratory Infections

    To strengthen your cat's immunity, feeding a grain-free, hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diet with a novel protein is helpful. Many quality pet foods, even "holistic brands," contain too many starchy carbohydrates that convert to sugar, weakening your cat's immune system. Changing your cat's diet can help it feel better. Grains can contribute to long-term inflammation (please see food allergy articles).

    Please include your pet's diet on the order form at checkout. We will review your pet's information and include a free diet tip on the packing slip that comes with your order.


    Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Cat With Upper Respiratory Infections?

    Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements for their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much needed immune support. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients, which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinarian-recommended nationwide.


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    . We will be happy to provide you with additional information about our natural remedies for upper respiratory infections, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.