Cat Health Questions? Ask a Cat Vet for Answers ASAP.
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There are not many over the counter medications that can be used in cats -- so choices are limited. Also -- there are a number of virusees that can contribute to cold like symptopms in a cat.
Other possible causes are sinus infection, tooth abcesses that rupture to the sinuses, nasal foreign bodies, and infecitons of the conjunctiva of the eyes.
If nasal congestion, drainage from eyes and nose, and sneezing are present -- and your cat is healthy otherwise -- then your cat may benefit from steam in a room or humidification of the air --
and possibly benedryl -- which is an over the counter human medication --
Dosage is up to .5 mg per pound every 12 hours
Be sure to watch appetite and breathing carefully --
When cats cannot smell they tend to not eat -- so smelly food may be helpful .
He seems to be eating. I have not noticed any loss in appetite
If there is continued symptoms for more than a week -- or if congestion is in the lungs, appetite decresases, or activity level falls -- then a vet visit is recommended.
That is good news -- as this is very important. How many days has he been affected -- adn what symptoms are you seeing?
he is sneezing, and has a runny nose. It has been going on for about 3-4 days.
Ok -- this could benefit from lysine supplementation as well. Herpes virus is one of the viruses commonly seen in cats -- This supplement can be obtained in pet stores of from your vet -- is is specific for cats and has the dosage on the container.
Monitor for about 4-5 more days == it shoudl be improving if it is a simple viral infection.
If the other symptoms occur -- or if Buggsy is getting worse -- then a vet visit is recommended. In the meantime, extra TLC and monitoring should be fine.