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Hi, Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help. wow, you must have been so frightened by the events that took place. I'm sorry you and little Maui are going through this. I'm glad she's continuing to feel better. The dose of Amoxicillin is appropriate for Maui's weight but the reaction you describe is very unusual. The 'trace' she had after the emergency visit could have been the effects of the benadryl - just like in people it can cause sedation. It sounds like Maui had/has an upper respiratory infection. These infections are often caused by viruses - no treatment. Sometimes bacterial infections can be present - antibiotics. Since she is continuing to improve without antibiotics, she may be fighting off a viral infection. The most important thing in a viral infection is to support Maui and keep her comfortable and eating so she doesn't become dehydrated. We need to keep the mucous and secretions moist so they'll keep moving:-Lil' Noses or other plain saline (non-medicated) nasal spray, as needed and for as long as needed. Spray or drop in the nostrils to keep them moist. You can't overdose Maui with plain saline nasal spray-take Maui into a steamy bathroom, really steam it up, 4-6 times daily. She should sit in there for 10-15 minutes each time to loosen secretions.Pets love to smell what they are eating (especially cats). If they can't smell it they might not eat it. To make it more likely your snuffly pet will eat, make the food as stinky as possible. You can add water from a can of tuna or clam juice to the food. Try heating canned food in the microwave (that stinks!) but make sure it's not too hot and that there are no hot pockets in the food by stirring it well with a spoon then with your fingers.
If Maui stops eating she needs to go back to the vet. If her nasal secretions last more then 2 weeks or get thick and yellow/green she needs an exam. If she gets more lethargic she should be seen. I do not recommend any over the counter medications besides the saline nasal spray as above. Good job getting Maui through all this, I'm sure it wasn't easy for either of you. Please continue to write if you have other questions or concerns until you are satisfied. DrB
Maui is still sneezing with bits of cloudy mucous after sneezing. She sneezes more when up and moving about rather than sleeping. She sneezes up to 30 times a day! She has good appetite and drinking well. Seems interested in playing and being a normal kitty. Does not appear ill at all. If she has an allergy, I wouldn't know....haven't changed anything at all. Advice?