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Can A Cat Get A Sore Throat? How Can You Tell?

Humans often experience sore throats when they’re sick, especially during flu and cold season. But have you ever wondered whether your cat could get a sore throat?

The short answer is yes, cats can get sore throats, just like us humans. In fact, in many cases, a cat’s sore throat could be due to catching a case of cat flu. Other reasons why a cat might have a sore throat could be due to a viral or bacterial infection.

If you suspect your cat is ill or in pain, you should contact your vet right away for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you need to know about cats and sore throats.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Cat’s Sore Throat?

When a feline has a sore throat, one of the most common symptoms is that the cat will start to swallow or gulp a lot. This could also include audible gulping noises.

Other symptoms of a cat having a sore throat include drooling more than usual because swallowing might be painful, or eating and drinking less food and water than usual.

When a cat has a sore throat, they might also start to meow in a much hoarser fashion than usual, just like some humans sound raspy when they have a sore throat!

How Do You Treat A Cat’s Sore Throat?

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If you notice that your cat is showing some of the symptoms of a sore throat, it’s important to call and make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as you can.

This is especially so if your cat has not been vaccinated against the cat flu.

After examining your cat and looking over their medical history, your vet might prescribe medicine to deal with the condition. If that’s the case, it’s important to make sure that you administer the medicine exactly as instructed, and always finish the full course of any medicine your vet prescribes.

If your vet does give you a prescription, you should see if you can fill it at Chewy’s online pharmacy and have the medication delivered to your door.

When bringing a sick cat home from the vet to recover, it’s vital that you provide a calm and comfortable environment for the feline, so consider rearranging a few things in your living situation if you think it will help your cat.

Have you ever suspected your cat had a sore throat? How did you notice, and how did you treat it? Let us know in the comments section below!

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