Characterized by sneezing, nasal and eye discharges, and coughing, a sinus infection is the inflammation of the sinus lining. Feline sinus infection can be bacterial, fungal, or viral. In some cases, it is caused by a more serious illness such as dental diseases and cancer. Sinus infection can be troublesome both to you and your cat. And while it can be treated, it is much better to prevent it from occurring. Here are some preventive measures you can carry out.
- Promote healthy diet. A healthy diet makes a healthy cat. And a healthy cat has strong immune system and therefore is less likely to develop sinus infection. So make sure you are providing your cat with nutritious food. Although it can benefit from cat food, it is important that you serve your cat with raw meat and vegetables once in a while. Additionally, administer vitamins and supplements if your cat has some deficiencies.
- Keep your cat properly hydrated. Make sure you provide your cat with adequate amount of water everyday. Hydration eases the sinus lining and therefore prevents sinus infection.
- Install a humidifier in your house. A humidifier will provide more moisture in the air, especially during winter when the air is dry, thus preventing sinus congestion. A humidifier will benefit everyone in the house, including your cat.
- Clean the cat’s surroundings. So your cat won’t have illnesses that can lead to sinus infection, make sure that your cat is living in a favorable environment. Clean its shelter, beddings, food and water bowl, and every place it frequents.
- Keep a cat with chronic sinus infection from other cats. If one of your cats has chronic sinus infection, make sure to keep it in a place away from your other cats. This way, you can prevent spreading the infection. Also, make sure to bring your chronically infected cat to a veterinarian. The vet will have your cat undergo treatment procedures or surgery.
- Know if the cat has allergies. Allergy may be causing your cat’s sinus infection, so it pays to know to which it is particularly allergic. It can be allergic to dust, pollen, detergent, cleaning sprays, or cigarette smoke. As soon as you determine the cause of your cat’s allergy, make sure to keep your cat away from it. Consult your veterinarian as well, so he can verify the allergy and prescribe medications for your cat. Remember to not give any medication not prescribed by the vet.
- Observe your cat. If it shows any indication of an illness, immediately pay the veterinarian a visit. Addressing an illness before it worsens prevents sinus infection and other complications.
If your cat is diagnosed with a disease that may cause feline sinus infection, make sure to religiously follow the vet’s instructions. Administer the right medication with the right dosage at the right time to prevent sinus infection. But if sinus infection does happen, immediately bring your cat to the vet. He will give your cat some medications.