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There are many ways to help a cat with a cold.
Give him lysine, odorous foods so he can easily smell them and will eat. Tuna, canned cat food, baby food with no onion powder like chicken, turkey, beef etc. Warm the food to bring out the aroma.
In addition, add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeten to a tablespoon of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic.
Give it every 24 hours. It is very tiny so he will not detect it
Any of these are also acceptable:
Benadryl at a dose of 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet given twice daily or
Chlorpheniramine at a dose of 2-4 mg twice a day or
Claritin (Loratadine) at a dose of 2.5-5 mg/cat or
Zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 mg once or twice a day
It is important to ensure that the formulations used contain ONLY the antihistamine and are not combination products (e.g. Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine, which could cause very significant adverse effects in a cat).
If he gets dehydrated give him tuna water drained from the can.
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