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Female Cat 12-14 years Sneezing Refusal to eat x1.5 days

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Female Cat 12-14 years
Sneezing
Refusal to eat x1.5 days
Runny eye and slight nasal discharge
Lethargic and stays in her bed
Outside cat but for 15min or less
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

There are a number of different things that could cause the signs you are seeing. We can see this with a tooth root abscess, nasopharyngeal polyp, tumor, or something as simple as an upper respiratory infection.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Since she does go outside, it is possible that she has been exposed to something infectious form another cat in the neighborhood.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I recommend having her evaluated by your local vet. I would start with a physical exam, including careful exam of her eyes, teeth and throat. If everything appears normal, we can try an oral antibiotic as well as an appetite stimulant.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Aside from that, you can try warming her food. Try canned cat food, canned tuna, or even meat baby food to entice her. You can also sit in a steamy bathroom with her to loosen any respiratory secretions and relieve congestion. If she can smell her food, she will be more inclined to eat.