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Thank you for your question concerning Little Girl. How long has this been going on for?
Okay, so the main symptoms include head shaking as if an ear is bothering her and some sneezing, correct? No other symptoms?
Any other cats? Is Little Girl up to date on vaccines?
Okay, indoor exclusively?
Okay sounds good - :-)
So I have 2 thoughts for you and recommendations on how to proceed
This best fits with a nasopharyngeal polyp. This is a benign growth cats can get inside of the eustachian tube - because usually involves both an ear and the nasal cavity simultaneously, this best fits with what you are describing
To evaluate for this, she will need a detailed ear exam with an otoscope (can look in much further than with the naked eye, and provides light)
If a polyp is there, this will help detect it. Sometimes advanced imaging is necessary but usually not the case
Two less likely options include:
upper respiratory virus and simultaneous ear infection (upper respiratory viruses are very common in cats and can cause a variety of symptoms such as sneezing, fever, eye discharge, nose discharge, etc - any combination of these)
Because we would need two different illnesses here, this is a lot less likely
Third would be something uncommon such as nasal mites - already uncommon and would be hard to explain if she is indoor only, etc
So the first step is a thorough examination of her ear canals to look for a polyp!
Absolutely, let me send you an article on the polyps as well!
Let me know if you have any further questions, good luck with Little Girl!
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