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Molly ate a great noon meal and things seemed fine then

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Molly ate a great noon meal and things seemed fine then meowed rather differently. I was on a business call and did not notice anything amiss. Shortly i saw she spit up a bit small amt but sputtered like with a sneeze. She sat with her head down and eyes closed and I felt she was sick. She came to me and I petted her as normal. She sneezed a light sneeze a few times and opened her mouth licking her jaws and swallowing sort of hard. She has rested through the afternoon and has been up to meow at me walking ok to living room. It is 10pm and although she seems slightly better, I just offered her some favorite food and water as she is lying down but she won't attempt to take anything. She is 18 yrs old. Had a little change in some renal function tests a few months ago but has seemed healthier than ever lately. Her brother from same litter and father has megacolon and gets constipation problems at times. Is on daily Catlax.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name?

Molly

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Molly?

I put a lot of detail in my note.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Cat Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help with this concern about Molly.

Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. Deb

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Cat Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Of course, I can't know for sure but it sounds as if she may be in the early phases of an upper respiratory infection since her behavior could be consistent with such a problem.

If she's running a mild fever (which some patients will do), then this might account of her lethargy. While it's not always the easiest thing to do in a cat, you could take her temperature if you have a rectal thermometer (any human one will do except for those you put in the ear). Normal is between 100 and 102.5.

If she's becoming a little congested, then her sense of smell may be affected which is why she didn't eat the snack you offered her.

As to otc options which might be helpful now, nasal decongestant drops may be helpful although many cats don’t like them very much as you can imagine. The medicated ones (a-c below) should only be used for three days in a row, with one drop in each nostril; otherwise what’s known as a rebound effect may occur. This is one reason why I prefer"d":

a. Pediatric otrivin=0.05% xylometazoline

b. “Little Noses" Decongestant Nose Drops with phenylephrine hydrochloride
c. Oxymetazoline which is the primary ingredient in Afrin or Zicam

d. "Little Noses" Saline Spray/Drops non medicated which can be used more than three days in a row.

At this point, she doesn't sound as if an ER visit is necessary but if she's still behaving tomorrow as she is now, then a vet visit may be a wise thing to do. It doesn't take much for these older cats to deteriorate rather quickly so I wouldn't want to wait too long to have her seen.

I hope this helps, Deb

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