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How Do I Know If My Kitten’s Upper Respiratory Infection Is Improving?


Dear VetBabble,

My 8-month-old kitten has been diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. I took her to the vet two days ago, but she still seems to be sick. How can I tell if she’s getting better? I’m really worried about her health. Should I call the vet again for advice, since we’re already their client, and the issue doesn’t seem to be improving? What should be our next option?

Understanding Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats

Upper respiratory infections, commonly referred to as “cat flu,” are fairly common among kittens and adult cats. They can be caused by a variety of underlying factors, such as viruses, bacteria or even allergies. Knowing the signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory infection in your cat is important for monitoring her progress and ensuring that she receives proper care. For more information on feline upper respiratory infections and their treatment, take a moment to read our detailed article on Feline Upper Respiratory Infection and How to Treat.

Monitoring Your Cat’s Progress

It’s natural to be concerned about your cat’s health, especially when she’s not feeling her best. Here are a few signs to look for to help you determine whether your cat’s condition is improving:

  1. Appetite: A sick cat may lose her appetite, so if she starts eating more or showing interest in food, it could be a positive sign.
  2. Energy levels: Cats with upper respiratory infections often become lethargic. If your cat becomes more active and playful, it’s a sign that she might be feeling better.
  3. Breathing: Cats with respiratory issues may have difficulty breathing or may wheeze. Monitor her breathing for signs of improvement.
  4. Nasal and eye discharge: Cats with upper respiratory infections often have runny noses and watery eyes. Look for reduced discharge as a sign of recovery.

If you’re still unsure about your cat’s progress and continue to worry about her health, refer to our article on Does My Cat Have a Flu? for further guidance.

When to Consult Your Vet Again

If you notice that your cat’s condition isn’t improving or if it worsens after a few days, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian once more. They can reassess your cat’s condition and adjust her treatment plan accordingly. You’ve already invested in your kitten’s health by having an initial vet visit, and it’s crucial you remain proactive in her care—especially if she’s not getting better.

Regular vet checkups are essential for maintaining your cat’s overall health and wellbeing. In addition to monitoring her progress during an illness, these visits allow your veterinarian to detect any emerging health issues early on, making them easier to address. To learn more about the importance of regular vet visits, here’s our article on Regular Vet Checks for Your Cat.

Preventing Future Respiratory Infections

Preventative care is the best way to keep your cat healthy and happy. Ensuring that she receives all necessary vaccinations plays a crucial role in protecting her from a range of viral and bacterial infections. Consult with your veterinarian and follow their recommended vaccination schedule to shield your cat from preventable illnesses. For more information on the vaccines your cat may need, check out our article What Vaccines do I Need for my Cat?.

In conclusion, it’s essential to monitor your cat’s progress closely and consult with your veterinarian whenever you’re concerned about her health. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your vet for advice and support, as their knowledge and expertise are invaluable in ensuring your cat receives the best care possible.

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