Home Remedies For Cat Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs)
A feline upper respiratory infection or cat sinus infection is often referred to as a cat cold. The symptoms are similar to a common cold in humans. It can affect the upper part of the airway: throat, trachea, nasal cavities and bronchi. Cat rhinitis is the inflammation of the nose and sinusitis is the inflammation of the nasal passages. Natural cat rhinitis and cat sinus infection home treatment can help relieve congestion, reduce discharge and help your kitty breathe better.
What Is A Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)?
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 cat sinus infection or 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 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).
Natural Remedies for Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
While conventional veterinary medical options are limited, home remedies for cat upper respiratory infections can make a significant improvement in the cat's life. Cats withviruses may have many of the same symptoms as cats with URIs.
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 & Asthma Kit - An Effective, Easy-To-Use Home Remedy for Cats With Upper Respiratory Infections & Sinus Congestion. This trio of three liquid immune support formulas provide gentle, natural support for cats with asthma and upper respiratory infections. These drops can help to relieve nasal and sinus congestion for improved breathing. They can be used in combination with veterinary medications. Easy-to-use drops with minimal smell and taste. The formulas work to clear up sinuses, reduce mucous discharge and reduce inflammation in the nasal tract. Supports your cat's immune system to help reduce viral flare-ups. The formulas in the Kit work synergistically to control infections and inflammation. Many pet owners have reported excellent results relieving continual discharge, runny nose and sneezing related to viruses and respiratory infections. Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies for cats with upper respiratory infections together.
NOT Drops - This is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-infection liquid. This homeopathic remedy is especially important for relieving nasal and sinus congestion. NOT, when combined with QUENT, works very well to control chronic upper respiratory infections or as a cat sinus infeciton home remedy. 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.
QUENT Drops -
This is a powerful antiviral, anti-infection homeopathic liquid. This remedy is the first line of defense with any upper respiratory condition. QUENT Drops work best when combined with NOT Drops. The two formulas work synergistically to control infections and inflammation. QUENT seems to be especially helpful for the lung and upper respiratory system. Many pet owners have reported excellent results in relieving continual discharge, runny nose and sneezing related to viruses and colds when QUENT and NOT were administered.
Silver Immune Support - This is an easy-to-use, anti-infection liquid. These nontoxic drops are safe for tiny pets and have been shown in research to help reduce viral replication. By reducing infection and inflammation, Silver Immune Support can help your kitty breathe better. 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. Why is this important? The majority of your pet's immune system resides in the intestinal tract. Using Power Probiotic is essential if your pet has taken steroids or antibiotics, as these medications reduce the population of friendly bacteria. Friendly bacteria fight off pathogens, bad bacteria and viruses in an effort to keep your cat healthy. Power Probiotic is essential for all pets. The powder from the capsule can be sprinkled on food or eaten by itself. Many cats love the taste.
Olive Leaf Extract For Pets - A natural antiviral and antibacterial herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times to support a healthy immune system. It is helpful for cats with respiratory conditions including asthma, chronic upper respiratory infections (URIs), allergies, viruses and sinus infections. There is significant scientific research on the effectiveness of Olive Leaf Extract against multiple types of bacteria that can cause respiratory infections. Olive Leaf Extract for Pet's active ingredient, oleuropein, helps fight against pathogens while causing no harm to healthy bacteria in your pet's gut and mucous membranes. It contains protective polyphenols to help improve immune function and offer powerful antioxidant protection. Olive Leaf Extract For Pets is a simple, one-ingredient formula that is helpful for a variety of immune and respiratory conditions. Made in the USA.
Immune Harmony - This product contains a unique patented plant sterol formula that provides long-term immune support. It’s very helpful for cats with viruses, chronic infections, allergies and autoimmune conditions. Rather than overstimulating your cat's immune system, this wonderful product helps to balance immune function. Immune Harmony helps to modulate the immune system and supports long-term immune health. While home remedies for cat upper respiratory infections can alleviate some symptoms, using Immune Harmony can provide long-term immune support and help prevent reinfection.
Symptoms of Feline Upper Respiratory Infections
Discharge from the nose or eyes
Lack of appetite
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
Pawing at the face
Difficulty chewing food
Bloody discharge from the nose
Noisy breathing or difficulty breathing
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. Veterinarians may prescribe antibiotics in case your cat's cold is bacterial in nature. Our natural cat rhinitis home treatment (supplements and diet changes) can be used in conjunction to help to prevent flare-ups and recurrence. 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 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.
The Best Diet for Cats With Upper Respiratory Infections & Sinus 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).
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