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I have been feeding a feral cat, appears to have something stuck in nostrils for almost 3 wks. Snorts when breathing, appears hungry but won't eat, I assume she can't smell. Only drinks water. Pus coming out of nostrils. Losing weight rapidly. Can't catch her to take her to the vet. Don't think she'll survive much longer. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Is someone still working on this or did I log off too soon?
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
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Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.
I'm sorry about the long wait. I just logged on and saw this.
This may be a foreign body in the nose, but it could also be an URI (upper respiratory infection). If it's a foreign body, I would guess it's a grass awn. These can get stuck in the nasal cavity until we anesthetize them and get them out manually.
If it's an infection, then antibiotics may be needed to manage it. If you want to try something at home, you can pick up some pediatric nasal drops and place 1 drop in each nostril 2-4 times daily. There is a brand called little noses that I see used a lot.
You could also try to catch her and put her in a bathroom with a hot shower running- the steam can help with nasal congestion.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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