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Dr. BJ Hughes, Cat Veterinarian
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My cat has a head-cold. What can I give him for it

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My cat has a head-cold. What can I give him for it?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. BJ Hughes replied 6 years ago.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

HI there -- Welcome to Just Answer.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

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.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Other possible causes are sinus infection, tooth abcesses that rupture to the sinuses, nasal foreign bodies, and infecitons of the conjunctiva of the eyes.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

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 --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

and possibly benedryl -- which is an over the counter human medication --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Dosage is up to .5 mg per pound every 12 hours

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Be sure to watch appetite and breathing carefully --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

When cats cannot smell they tend to not eat -- so smelly food may be helpful .

JACUSTOMER-v58a80rt- :

He seems to be eating. I have not noticed any loss in appetite

Dr. BJ Hughes :

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.

JACUSTOMER-v58a80rt- :

thank you

Dr. BJ Hughes :

That is good news -- as this is very important. How many days has he been affected -- adn what symptoms are you seeing?

JACUSTOMER-v58a80rt- :

he is sneezing, and has a runny nose. It has been going on for about 3-4 days.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

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.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Monitor for about 4-5 more days == it shoudl be improving if it is a simple viral infection.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

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.

JACUSTOMER-v58a80rt- :

thank you

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