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My cat is sneezing a lot and her left eye is very goopy.

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Hi my cat is sneezing a lot and her left eye is very goopy. today when I got home from work it was gooped shut

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

It sounds like Dutchess has an upper respiratory tract infection which is a viral cold.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

When did the sneezing start? Do you know if she is eating and drinking as usual? Do you have any eye saline? You can use eye flush or contact lens saline if you have that.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
it's been going on for about 2-4 days. she's been eating slightly less than normal but still drinking water, although I think slightly less of that too. she hasn't pooped and has only peed once or twice between yesterday morning and now. I do have contact solution.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Take a wet warm washcloth and hold that gently over the eye. That will loosen some of the debris and you should be able to gently wipe the debris away once it is moistened and softened. Then she should be able to open the eye.

After you get the eye open you can flush it with your contact lens saline.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I did do that with the wash cloth as soon as I got home. I've been wiping her eye whenever I see that it's getting very goopy.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

It sounds like she is going to need an eye antibiotic. Unfortunately it is Saturday night so your only option is the emergency clinic.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I think you would be looking at an exam fee, an eye ointment charge, and possibly an antibiotic charge.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
what about her sneezing?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I can tell you where you can order an antibiotic eye ointment online but it would take a few days to ship.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

The sneezing is also part of the cold.

You can give her an over the counter human antihistamine like benadryl or zyrtec.

zyrtec-1/4 of a tablet every 24 hours.

benadryl- 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet every 12 hours

I think the Zyrtec is easier.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Keeping a humidifier in the room with her can help.

When you take a shower bring her into the bathroom and steam out her respiratory tract.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Add water or low sodium broth to her food to help increase her fluid intake.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

A feline cold normally resolves in 7-10 days.

But with that much eye drainage it sounds like she at least needs an antibiotic eye ointment.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

As long as she is still eating and drinking, active and up and around, and she is not having trouble breathing it is not really a true emergency.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I'll turn on my humidifier and give her a piece of benadryl because it's all I have on hand. can you give me a type of ointment to order?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Sure. Order "Terramycin" They have it at valleyvet.com and doctorsfosterandsmith.com

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Do you have any other questions or can I be of further assistance?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
no I think that's all for now. thank you so much it's been very helpful
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

You are very welcome. I should also mention if the cats can not smell the food they do not eat well. So warm the food up to make it more fragrant. You can also offer her human meat baby food that does not contain onions or garlic. The kind that comes in the little jars at the grocery store.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I soaked her dry food in warm water so hopefully that will help her be hydrated and also will make her smell it more.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Cat Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Okay perfect. : )

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