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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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does sudden onset of sneezing mean a cold or something more

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does sudden onset of sneezing mean a cold or something more sinister ?   new cat- adopted from animal control   obviously house trained
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Hi there,


How old is the cat?






Customer: replied 8 years ago.
the shelter aged him about 2 he is very delicate, thin, pretty face, i hope to put some weight on him
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Dear friend,


May God bless you for aadopting an adult shelter kitty!!


He should gain weight under your loving care.


URIs are quite common in shelters as they are airbourne virus.

All cats carry upper respiratory virus on their own fur. Cats that live together become immune to the carried strain but as soon as the bacterium is exposed to another cat it will infect them. If this baby was exposed to other cats he likely contracted it from them or stress.

Feed him very odorous food so he can smell it and will keep eating. If he gets dehydrated, give him a few droppers of unflavored pedialyte througout the day to hydrate him and balance his electrolytes.

H e can have an OTC called clortrimeton - a quarter tablet every 12 hours if he is congested. You can also take him in a steamy bathroom where you have run a hot shower to break it up.For the eyes get Terramycin ointment. some pet supplies have it but call first or order from

Apply a damp teabag today for 30 seconds 3 times.

If he develops any colored mucus that means the infection has turned bacterial and will respond to an antibiotic.Some vets script one even if it is viral to prevent secondary infections like pneumonia.

Please let me know how he is feeling. If you get worried I will always be here to help further.

I hope he feels better very soon.

Very sincerely,



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i am happy to say thatCustomeris eating well and drinking water my neighbor just came over with advantage for cats and applied it he said fleas can saap the cat's blood and strength he just woke up and i will have to get him his own keyboard since he loves to hang out here beside me at the pc
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

LOL he sounds terrific.Now that he is out of the shelter situation he should be just fine.


Yes fleas CAN sap his strength so advantage was a great idea.


Please let me know how he is doing.


Blessings in 09 and always,



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