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Submitted: 1 year ago via Cat-Lovers-Only.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

No, cats cannot catch a human cold. They can get other contagious upper respiratory diseases from other cats though. Does Fluff go outside?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is 1 of 4 cats ( all indoor), she started sneezing yesterday, took her to the emergency vet, show gave her an antibiotic. Earlier in the week I took her to another vet( she had some blood on her fur) Dr siad she has colotis and gave her an antibiotic shoot and a steriod shoot. I think she just got swiped by one of the other
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

OK. We can see sneezing for a number of reasons. As long as none of the other 3 cats are newly introduced, that will generally rule out infectious disease.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I would consider the possibility of a tooth root abscess, feline herpes virus rhinitis, or allergy as the underlying cause.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Did the vets get a good look in her mouth? Are you seeing any discharge from her nose?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She did not check her mouth, no discharge out of her nose
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

OK, is she still eating well and acting normally otherwise?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
breathing a little heavely though
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

OK. There are a couple of things you can try at home for this as long as she remains normal otherwise. If she becomes lethargic, has decreased appetite or colored discharge from her nose she should be examined again. In the meantime, you can give her a supplement called L-lysine daily. For an adult cat, give 500mg twice daily. This can be mixed with her food. This will help if the sneezing is due to FHV infection (feline herpes is similar to human herpes in that it infection never really goes away, it becomes dormant and can flare up).

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

The other thing you can try is an over the counter human antihistamine. You can give 1 tablet of Chlortrimeton (chlorpheniramine 4mg) every 12-24 hours to help control sneezing due to allergies. Just make sure you do not give a product that has a decongestant - these are toxic to cats.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I thank you for your responces
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome! Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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