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my cat is not eating much and has a runny nose, sneezing and

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my cat is not eating much and has a runny nose, sneezing and sleeping a lot. we are feeding her soft food but she is only eating the juice.
what do you think i should do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 2 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

1) Is she an indoor only cat?

CriticalCareVet :

2) What color is the discharge from the nose?

CriticalCareVet :

3) When did this start?

Customer:

outside cat


discharge is clear

Customer:

about a week ago


 

CriticalCareVet :

Both nostrils or just one?

Customer:

hmmm, it looks like both


 

CriticalCareVet :

Here are some thoughts:

Customer:

she keeps rubbing her nose with you right arm or paw to clear it


 

CriticalCareVet :

While other causes can not be ruled out, your history is consistent with a Feline Upper Respiratory Infection (LINK HERE)

Allergies are possible but less likely.
While not all cats show all the signs, common signs of a cat upper respiratory infection include:
- Sneezing
- Nasal Discharge
- Ocular discharge (one or both)
- Even decreased appetite, lethargy and vomiting.

Although it is usually a viral cause - it can lead to a secondary bacterial infection.

For this reason - some cats need antibiotics (especially if you note lethargy, loss of appetite, breathing changes, or yellow, green, or white discharge from the nose or eyes)

Common antibiotics to consider in these cases includes:

- Clavamox (LINK HERE)
- Azithromycin (LINK HERE)

For the signs you report above, your veterinarian may recommend options such as:

- Humidification. You can either use a children's / baby's humidifier for 10-15 minutes twice daily, or using the steam from a hot shower you can attempt to humidify the air that your cat breathes.

Finally - Lysine is a common addition to the therapy for cats with upper respiratory infections. The lysine stops the virus from replicating and therefore allows the immune system to better fight the infection (LINK HERE or LINK HERE)

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Customer:

is this something i can get a petco or some pet store?


 

CriticalCareVet :

Yes

CriticalCareVet :

Or online - links above...

Customer:

awesome, yeah i got it. just want to get soon.


how do you use it?

Customer:

just how you would use it anyway. you thoughts?

Customer:
CriticalCareVet :

On the food, once to twice daily

CriticalCareVet :

The package will give the information based on the specific product used.

Customer:

thank you so much Doc


 

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome!

Customer:

how till you think she will start feeling better?


 

CriticalCareVet :

a week or so

Customer:

thank you soo much. this is very cool way of doing business. i will give it a try.


 

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