My 3 year old cat Tiger has a respiratory infection, and was only given lysine. He had nasal discharge and a bit of drooling and weezing, and was doing a lot better yesterday which was the second day of his treatment. Today he is acting nervous and hiding and has nasal discharge again and is breathing a bit quick. Could this be from him being nervous and congested? he does not seem to be having any difficulty breathing it seems as if he is really nervous and his nose is stuffed up.
Type of Animal: Cat
Name of Cat: Tiger
Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.Is he eating and drinking normally?Is he acting lethargic?Does Tiger have any discharge coming from his eyes?
Yesterday i got him eating and drinking and there was no discharge, but today he has only discharge from his nose, just clear and he refuses to eat has had some water though.
His vet is closed today as well.
He is also drooling ,
He is also drooling ,He is also drooling
Thanks for the additional information.I am sorry to hear that Tiger is not feeling well today. His symptoms are definitely consistent with an upper respiratory infection. This is usually caused by a virus. Stress in cats can cause this virus to get worse at times as most cats carry the virus in there system and they never truly clear it out. Most of the time the immune system keeps the virus in check. In times of stress the immune system gets suppressed and the virus then can reinfect Tiger. The Lysine has been shown to help prevent the virus from replicating, which many times will keep the virus under control. Unfortunately not always though and some cats can develop a secondary bacterial infection or even pneumonia if the virus continues to affect these cats. At this time I would be concerned that the virus may have caused a secondary bacterial infection for Tiger which is why he does not feel very well. The best way to help him with this would be to give him an antibiotic to help him get through this. Unfortunately as you said your vet is closed today therefore getting an antibiotic may be difficult unless you can take him to an emergency hospital. If this is not possible then I would suggest getting some pediatric saline nasal drops for him. You can place one drop in each nostril to help clear out any discharge in his nose. This can be repeated multiple times a day as needed. You could also use a warm humidifier for him to see if this could loosen the discharge up for him.The drooling is most likely an indication that he does not feel well though he could also have a sore in his mouth that some of these viruses will cause. Cold water is the best way to help him at home with this.I would also consider giving him some very smelly foods such as canned cat food or even some meat flavored baby food (no onion or garlic though) to help stimulate his appetite so that he continues to eat.Overall I would definitely call your vet for an antibiotic when the reopen.Hope this helps -please feel free to reply if you have any other questions. If you are satisfied with my answer please do not hesitate to click on the "excellent service" button as this will compensate me for my time. Thank you in advance!
DVM -Ten years experience in feline medicine and surgery.
Where can i find pediatric saline? is it for animals ?
No I would purchase a children's or pediatric nasal saline drop. These can be found at any drug or grocery store. Here is an example:http://www.drugstore.com/little-noses-saline-spraydrops-non-medicated/qxp11605