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My cat has a lip sore, seems to gag at times, will only lay

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My cat has a lip sore, seems to gag at times, will only lay around with with legs tucked under, his meow is raspy. She seems to have gained weight recently plus we just got a new kitten.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hi Donnie,

I am sorry Bessie Bug has this sore.

Does it look like this?

UH O new kitten.......

how long is he/she there?

Is Bessie eating? what food?



Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear *****nie,

Even if the kitten is purrfectly healthy he can give Bessie a cold. That is because all cats carry upper respiratory virus on the fur.The ones that lie together are immune to the strain BUT as soon as a new cat is exposed she gets sick.

It sounds like Bessie has a sore throat. Give her 2 drops of honey every 4 hours to sooth it. You can also dab honey on the lip sore.

It is a remarkable healing agent:

In addition, add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeten to a tablespoon of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic to reduce respiratory symptoms.

Give it every 24 hours. It is very tiny so she will not detect it

Any of these are also acceptable:

Benadryl at a dose of 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet given twice daily or

Chlorpheniramine at a dose of 2-4 mg twice a day or

Claritin (Loratadine) at a dose of 2.5-5 mg/cat or

Zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 mg once or twice a day

It is important to ensure that the formulations used contain ONLY the antihistamine and are not combination products (e.g. Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine, which could cause very significant adverse effects in a cat).

Since most URI's are caused by the herpes virus get these for both cats:

Bessie is in the meat loaf position which indicates she does not feel well. She could have a fever. Normal is 100 - 102.5.

Offer her tuna or warm human baby food chicken with no onion or garlic.

Please let me know how she is doing. Just reply here or if you prefer, we can speak on the phone.

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Kind regards,