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My sixteen month old cat has stopped eating. This is the

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My sixteen month old cat has stopped eating. This is the second day. Last night he started sneezing. Is he not eating cause he has a cold?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Samuel. Yes, his sneezing usually indicates infection with the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and just as in us, the sense of smell and taste can diminish with inflammation in the nose. The bacteria Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma are also important considerations. In most cases, I don't treat these cats because they usually remiss unaided within a few weeks. If my patient becomes inappetent, however, I need to replace fluids by sucutaneous administration of fluids and electrolytes and I'll send home a syringeable and very palatable convalescent food. Unless Samuel begins to eat within 72 hours, please have his vet do the above. It doesn't take long for cats to become quite dehydrated. These desert animals are very poor water drinkers.

Has Samual been vaccinated? If not, I have to consider a potentially more serious respiratory infection by feline calicivirus.