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Hi! I'm CalCatDoc and I can help with your questions about Miss Boo.
The normal respiratory rate for cats is 25-36 breaths per minute. But that's for adults. Kittens do breathe much faster: 60-100 at about 8 weeks, and it gradually decreases. Many kittens will play so rambunctiously that they wind up panting - they don't have the sense to slow down that older cats do.
If there is a lot of dust around, the sneezing could be from that. But many kittens, especially those out of animal shelters, have upper respiratory infections. These are most commonly due to feline herpesvirus, which (like herpes in people) is somethiing that may bother them periodically throughout life.
If she is eating enthusiastically and doesn't have any eye problems or listlessness, this respiratory infection may not warrant treatment. I do tend to treat suspected herpes cases with a lysine supplement to try to decrease the risk of ocular complications or chronic sinusitis down the road, and to decrease viral shedding.
Can I purchase a lysine supplement at the pet store?
Yes you can. There are different brands, let me find you a link so you know what we are talking about.
When I took her to the vet he said she was fine, but as I said she's a special kitten, so I want to make sure she's a-ok
She is probably just fine. If that sneezing increases, if she develops a squinty eye or yellowish eye discharge, or if she acts like she isn't feeling well you should get her looked at because some of these guys will run quite a fever and get dehydrated, and some (but not most) will need antibiotics.
She might be doing that open mouth breathing if she has a stuffy nose, but they also can pant just like dogs from exertion.
I nirmally give 250 mg lysine twice a day to kittens her size and age.
The product I use is Viralys powder. You mix the granules into a small amount of canned food (not a whole meal) so you can be sure they eat the whole dose.
Perfect. She weighs 4.5 pounds. I will purchase the Viralys lysine and watch the sneezing, especially after I get all the boxes out of the house. Thank you
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Thank you for following up. In response to your previous question in response to my dosage question, the brand I purchased was "tomlyn" as it was the only brand the pet shop had. After receiving your response I looked over the packaging again and realized I had missed a label noting the scoop included measured 500mg. As per your and the packaging directions I have been giving her 250mg 2x day.
Boo seems to be doing alright, her appetite remains healthy and she continues to be very playful. No sneezing today, I am hopeful the lysine will do the trick.
Thank you again.