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Catching cold


At some point during the first nine months of their life, you may discover that your kitten isn’t feeling or looking their best. This might be because they've caught a kitty cold.

The good news is that the majority of kitten colds are caused by only two viruses. As long as your kitten is up to date with their vaccinations, then they should be protected against both of them.

What to look out for

Here are the three classic signs that might indicate your kitten has a cold:

• Goo in their eyes
• Gunk coming out of their nose
• Loss of appetite

What to do

Colds are very contagious so, if you have other cats, try to keep them isolated. Even if your kitten doesn’t want to eat much, make sure they have fresh food and water available. Most of the symptoms are mild, and should respond to a little careful home nursing … which includes plenty of pampering, of course! If you need more advice or reassurance, speak to your vet.

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