So to look up his nose you just use an anesthetic...do you sedate the cat first or is that necessary? A foreign body was what I thought when I took him in on Friday because Beau is a VERY active cat and he plays and chases things all the time, he constantly has his nose stuck in something. My vet closed off one nostril at a time and said the congestion was bilateral and that ruled out a foreign body. But a little tiny something wouldn't block his nostril, just irritate his nose, right? And he keeps yawning, I'm wondering if that is because something is dangling down his throat?
So if it came to being an allergy, a blood test will show the antibodies to particular antigens? That's way better than the skin tests I had to have! And there are the inhaled steroids for veterinary use? That is wonderful...they have hardly any side effects.
One more question and then I'll stop. The dexamethasone injection....could that have caused the behavior change in him? He has been so quite and has been sleeping a lot. He even let the other cat have his perch on the cat tree and that is unheard of. Tonight he seems to want to do something but when he tries he starts sneezing. The only relief he gets is when he's asleep.
I will. Poor guy can't stop sneezing, it's almost continuous. Would saline drops maybe help tonight?
Thank you so much. You have been most helpful. Sorry I had so many questions but Beau is my baby boy.
Tried to get Beau scoped today and could not find a regular vet in my area that does it. Have to take him to a specialist who gave me an apt in 10 days. I am tempted to try one of these antihistamines to see if by chance they would help him. They are chlorphreninamine. What side effects are usual with this?
As I told you, we have to wait until the 19th to have the scope done. His sneezing has actually gotten better, he seems to mostly sneeze with activity now. His nose is really congested though, I can hear him breathing when I'm close to him. I was just thinking about trying one of those nasal decongestants for babies. He is getting so he is not interested in food which is totally abnormal for him but I'm guessing it's because he can't smell. I stick it right under his nose and he will eat but otherwise, no. He had a bad respiratory infection when he was a kitten, he came from a shelter, I'm starting to wonder if that's what he has now.
Thanks so much for checking on us.
I'm really thinking now Beau had a respiratory infection. He is acting far more normal than he was, has gotten some of his energy back, and (knock on wood) is eating better. Started taking him into the bathroom and steaming him, seems to make him feel better. Still sneezing some but not every time he moves. Sure hope that doesn't start up again. All and all, he is improving. Hope it continues. Some URIs in cats can last a couple of weeks, right?
I am going to ask. Would sure hate to put him through that scope for no reason.
I agree. He is fully vaccinated but from what I have read, if he had the herpes virus as a kitten it can recur. He was extremely ill at the shelter and ended up having to be hospitalized for a couple of days. But I don't think anybody ever cultured anything. And he has been stressed lately. My dog had back surgery and the household routine has been quite disrupted as well as Beau having to give up his favorite room to the dog. He is not happy about that.
I added a small bonus just now. I really do appreciate all the information and moral support you have given me.
I think the mystery has been solved. My other cat is sneezing and not feeling well now. Beau is much better. So guess he had something contagious. Will take my girl to the vet tomorrow.