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My cat, I think has a cold. She has a runny eye and I think

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My cat, I think has a cold. She has a runny eye and I think I heard her sneeze.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 12 months ago.

Hello,

I will wait for your reply so I know we are connected.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Hi Dr. Andy,
Yes we are connected.
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Typing is fine.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 12 months ago.

Hello,

Well, a few things to take in to consideration.

First, is it a cold? Well, that would suggest a viral problem. Well, that may be half of the answer. Many many cats are carriers of the herpesvirus for their entire lives. But, every so often, they can have a outbreak of a upper respiratory infection, and that is bacterial. So, its both. A viral issue (maybe), as well as, a bacterial problem.

This will commonly cause symptoms like eye discharge, nasal discharge, sneezing and/or coughing.

The being chilly shouldn't be a cause.

more info coming...

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 12 months ago.

Ideally, you need to get to a vet, where they can prescribe a suitable antibiotic to address the upper respiratory infection. Some vets will also prescribe a lysine supplement to help with underlying viral concerns.

But, more importantly, is our age. Because we are 14, I always suggest the vet visit far sooner than later. Why?

Well, at this more fragile age, a simple infection can get progressively worse a lot more quickly. Some cats, once they get really congested, will also stop eating. That makes treatment far more difficult.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Dr. Andy,
Thank you very much for the information. Sincerely, ***** ***** and Yiyi
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 12 months ago.

You are very welcome. Good Luck!

Dr. Andy