Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My 8 year old cat has been acting funny. I have noticed a…

Customer Question
My 8 year old cat...
My 8 year old cat has been acting funny. I have noticed a bunch of daily sneezing since she had her shots in September . We also got a new puppy that torments her a little too much . Most of the time she likes to play . Lately seems a little stressed out and over it ( All the playing) . She has a weird cough that sounds like a duck . Also she is not purring as often as well as the sneezing and runny nose . Seems to be sleeping more and not playing chase with our 6 year old cat at night like they always have done around 10:30 pm. I do remember the vet trying to charge me more for the shots and telling me they gave her the everything package that I didn't ask for since she is a 100% indoor cat. I have the paperwork .Her mood also seems down lastly , possibly a little weak . Any suggestions ? Thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 14 minutes by:
2/23/2016
Cat Veterinarian: Doc Sara, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Doc Sara
Doc Sara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 952
Experience: I am a dog and cat veterinarian with a lifetime of experience in our family veterinary hospital.
Verified

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that Meno has been acting ill lately. I'll do my best to help.

From your description of the sneezing and coughing, it sounds like Meno has got an upper respiratory infection. Usually these start out as viral, with herpesvirus being the most common culprit. Herpesvirus in kitties is the type of disease that can go through long periods of latency where the kitty will have no signs, and other active times where the kitty will be quite sick. Stress often sets off these viral flare ups, and sometimes bacteria jump on board and cause a secondary bacterial infection that makes the kitty feel worse and won't resolve without antibiotic treatment. When we are seeing a mild to moderate sneeze and congestion with clear discharge from the nose and eyes (the wet sneeze with no "boogers"), this is usually viral. Just like in people, viral infections can't be treated with antibiotics because antibiotics only kill bacteria. When bacteria jump on board, that's when we will see worsening symptoms and green or yellow cloudy nose or eye discharge. They can really feel quite sick when they need antibiotics.

If this goes on for a long time, it can damage the delicate tissues on the inside of the nose and also damage the body's normal defense mechanisms that would protect them from infections. In these cases, these cats can become chronic "snufflers", having frequent "colds", congestion, and potentially the need for frequent treatment with ever changing and ever longer courses of antibiotics.

Some at home care you can do would be to humidify your kitty by bringing her into a steaming hot bathroom (running a hot shower fills the bathroom with nice steam for humidification). Do this two to three times a day any time she's snuffly. You can also place plain nasal saline drops like Little Remedies Saline Drops (http://www.littleremedies.com/natural-remedies/nose-remedies/saline-spray-drops/) right into her nostrils. It's easiest to do this by tilting their heads so that their noses point straight up at the sky and placing two to three drops into each nostril.

L-lysine is a nutritional supplement that can help stall out the replication of the herpes virus. It's available at vet offices and pet stores in multiple forms - treats, gels, and powders being the most common. A typical dose for a small cat is 250mg twice a day, while larger cats usually get 500mg twice a day. I consider lyisine a "must" for any chronic sneezing or congested cat.

I would suggest having her looked at by your vet as soon as you can, as it sounds like she may need some prescription medication to get back on her feet.

I sure hope this helps - please let me know what other questions I can answer for you - we can chat until we've covered them all.

~Dr. Sara

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

My goal is to provide you with the most complete and accurate “five star” answer. If my answer isn’t what you were expecting, it’s incomplete, or you have more questions PLEASE REPLY to let me know what information you are looking for BEFORE giving me a negative rating! If my answer has been helpful to you, please show me by giving me a favorable rating. Thank you so much :)

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Doc Sara, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Doc Sara
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Doc Sara Your Own Question
Doc Sara
Doc Sara
Doc Sara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 952
952 Satisfied Customers
Experience: I am a dog and cat veterinarian with a lifetime of experience in our family veterinary hospital.

Doc Sara is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,951 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,790 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,604 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,791 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,941 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
my cat is sneezing, has watery, red eyes, runny nose and being
my cat is sneezing, has watery, red eyes, runny nose and being very introverted. Is this just a cold or could it be something worse? Can you prescribe antibiotics if that is what is diagnosed?… read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
57,087 satisfied customers
What to do if cat has runny nose with watery discharge?
My cat's nose is running a lot and the nasal discharge is clear and is the same consistency as water. She is not sneezing or experiencing runny eyes. How concerned should I be?… read more
Expert
Expert
My cat is sneezing a lot. He also seems somewhat lethargic.
My cat is sneezing a lot. He also seems somewhat lethargic. SHould I take him to the emergency clininc?… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
My cat seems to have an upper respiratory infection..runny
my cat seems to have an upper respiratory infection..runny eyes , stuffy nose, seems to be trying to clear its throat. Can i give her human antibiotics such as clindamycin or amoxycillin? She is not e… read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
932 satisfied customers
Runny nose,runny eyes,occasional sneezing and diarrhea in 6
runny nose,runny eyes,occasional sneezing and diarrhea in 6 mo. old male kitten. … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,326 satisfied customers
8 mths old, bad upper respiratory infection, on 2nd round if
8 mths old, bad upper respiratory infection, on 2nd round if clavamax. Took her to my vet & the tech dropped her, now we have back end issues that she is seeing a chiropractor for. She isn't eating no… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,951 satisfied customers
I think my cat has an upper respiratory infection and has
I think my cat has an upper respiratory infection and has been vomiting throughout the night. Have a vet appointment in the morning but wondered if there was anything I could do in the mean time to he… read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
411 satisfied customers
My cat has had an upper respiratory infection for about 2
My cat has had an upper respiratory infection for about 2 years now. My vet has treated him with various antibiotics, prednisone, and Flovent. Antibiotics worked for awhile, but are no longer effectiv… read more
CalCatDoc
CalCatDoc
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
536 satisfied customers
My cat suffers from upper respiratory infections and was
My cat suffers from upper respiratory infections and was treated for one in November. She has been on two rounds but she now has a louder breathing and snoring/whistle when she sleeps or relaxes. She … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,399 satisfied customers
My cat is getting better from upper respiratory infection
my cat is getting better from upper respiratory infection but has watering eyes righteye is better with the eye wash but left eye he is trying to keep closed I looked and it is red up in eye ball can … read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,983 satisfied customers
She has an upper respiratory infection so we've been giving
She has an upper respiratory infection so we've been giving her amoxicillin, but she's been throwing up constantly a few hours afterwards … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
I have a snake with an upper respiratory infection and I'm
I have a snake with an upper respiratory infection and I'm wondering if we can give her penicillin … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,530 satisfied customers
My cat Olivia has suffered from upper respiratory infections
Hi my cat Olivia has suffered from upper respiratory infections for years. She currently has yellow flem in her nose and constantly sneezes it out. Also she has a cyst on her liver and ibd issues. Blo… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,791 satisfied customers
My rabbit is sneezing and has a runny nose. Is there
Hi! My rabbit is sneezing and has a runny nose. Is there anything I can do to help? … read more
Dr. Denise
Dr. Denise
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
532 satisfied customers
Pretty sure he has an upper respiratory infection.
pretty sure he has an upper respiratory infection. … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,399 satisfied customers
Cat: has runny nose and sneezes alot during cold weather, What
Cat has runny nose and sneezes alot during cold weather, What can I do?… read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
57,087 satisfied customers
exotic shorthair: last two days..sneezing and sniffling..eyes
We have just purchased an exotic shorthair cat. The last two days she has been sneezing and sniffling and is experiencing water eyes. Will this go away on its own or do I need to bring her to the vet?… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
MY 14 WEEKS OLD KITTEN HAS STARTED SNEEZING NUMEROUS TIMES
MY 14 WEEKS OLD KITTEN HAS STARTED SNEEZING NUMEROUS TIMES A DAY, HE HAS NO OTHER SYMPTOMS AND CAME FROM A VERY CLEAN BREEDER. hE SEEMS TOTALLY HEALTHY OTHERWISE. HE HAS NO NASAL/EYE DISCHARGE, NO COU… read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x