The Common Cold and Cats Like the Persian

Although dogs cannot catch a cold from people, cats could? You might want to think twice about cuddling with your Persian if you’re sick with the common cold. So why does the human common cold affect cats and not dogs? Dogs typically can only catch a cold from other dogs. Cats; however, can easily pick up germs from people and spread them to other cats. The cold virus is actually able to attach itself to cells in the respiratory tract of your Persian cat similar to the way it does in humans. This makes your Persian and other cats highly susceptible to human colds. As a rule of thumb, make it a habit to wash your hands before and after handling your cat to avoid spreading germs. If you have a cold and notice your cat looks ill call your animal hospital Kerrville TX to schedule a check-up. 


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