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Nasty respiratory infection

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My cat is about 1 year old and he has a respiratory infection. I was told by the vet that there is a good chance that he could have a flare up if I let him be an indoor/outdoor cat. I was wondering if there is any medication I can give him to prevent it if I let him out. Also he is badly congested and every time he sneezes lots of mucus comes out. What can I do about that?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
This site
www.pethealthcare.net/html/ body_upper_respiratory_infections.html
and this site
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_feline_upper_respiratory.html
are good resources on this type of infection in cats.
Your cat could end up being a carrier and infect other cats if you let him out - indoor cats tend to lead longer lives than ones that go out.
You should vaccinate your cat annually to help keep his immune system alert to the disease and ready to fight it if the cat is reexposed or has an outbreak.
Ask your vet if there is a safe decongestent to help your cat. Cats are pretty sensitive to meds so there may not be anything safe that will help.
As with humans keeping the cat hydrated while it is ill can help it feel better and keep congestion from settling - some home made chicken broth might interest the cat in drinking extra.
Humidification is a very simple way to provide relief too. Increasing the moisture content of the nasal secretions makes it easier for all the material in the nose to drain. Home vaporizers are inexpensive and easily obtainable. Placing the cat in a bathroom while the shower runs may also be helpful instead of keeping it in a room with a vaporizer running.
You can clean your cat's face, nose, and eyes with cotton balls and water.
You can also heat the food to help your cat smell it and increase the appetite.
Hope this helps you!

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