Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are similar to human colds and usually resolve without treatment in one to three weeks. If you can coax your foster kitty to eat and drink, the infection will usually run its course and no additional treatment is necessary.

  • If the symptoms persists for a week or more, a lysine supplement added to food may help. Available at pet stores and FLR.
  • At home treatments include washing eyes with warm compresses, taking the carrier/cage into the bathroom during showers, or using a humidifier to moisten and soothe their airways.
  • Congested kitties my have difficulty smelling food and thus eat less. Try tempting your foster with smelly canned cat food, Hills A/D food (available from veterinarian’s office), baby food (no onions in ingredients), or chicken broth. Tuna in water can be tried as a last resort as too much can cause diarrhea.
  • You may have to coax the kitty to eat by using your fingers or even smearing it on her lips/nose.
  • Nutracal is a calorie- and nutrient-dense supplement that often even sick kitties will often accept when not otherwise eating. Available at pet stores or FLR.
  • If your foster has not eaten for more than two days or is losing weight, let your coordinator know. Feeding with a syringe may be necessary.