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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My norwegian forest cat is 11 years old. She is up to date

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My norwegian forest cat is 11 years old.
She is up to date on all shots. Last visit to vet revealed hardening of lens however now she is sneezing wet sneezes. I purchased air cleaners for every room plus hepa filters for air and heating system. She has eaten Royal Canin all her life. I do give her greenies periodically as a treat.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Such sneezing is most often due to the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) although we might also find the bacteria Mycoplasma and Chlamydophila. I rarely treat such an adult cat because unaided remission is expected within 3 weeks. Aerosoled irritants are always a consideration but allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites causing upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing are poorly described in cats. It's not unreasonable to see how an over the counter antihistamine such as chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) at 2mg once or twice daily affects Miss Kitty but isn't an essential therapy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.