Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

My cat is acting strange. She is sneezing and opening her…

My cat is acting...

My cat is acting strange. She is sneezing and opening her mouth. With her neck stretched forward. Sleeping under bed by the heat. Her meow is higher pitched then normal. She's 13 and an inside cat of 2 others

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your cat. What is the cat's name?

Baby

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

Someone has been throwing up. I have 3 cats. I don't think it's her though. This am she ate a little hard food but no wet food.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 34 minutes by:
3/11/2018
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,197
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question

I am very sorry to see that you have not received a response to your initial question before now. I just came online and found that your question had not been addressed. How is your companion at this time? Can you share video of what you're seeing?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She is under my bed sleeping. I can try to send you something.

I'll be standing by.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It's too dark.

Would you like to continue without providing video or pictures? This may hinder my ability to be as accurate with my answer, without seeing what you're seeing.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She is out

I'll be standing by.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I can't send the pictures. We will have to continue without them
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Unfortunately I can't do that right now
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Her nose is dry & her eyes aren't watering

Is she breathing out of her nose or mouth?

Is she eating well?

Any coughing noises?

Any mucous production from the nose, either at rest or through sneezing?

Has she had any history a respiratory issues?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I think she is trying to breathe out of her nose, but keeps opening her mouth with her neck stretched forward. Ate very little this morning. Dry food. Didn't touch wet food. She keeps shaking her head. No mucus that I can see. No breathing problems
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Yay it worked

It sounds like these may be symptoms of a respiratory tract infection. I would strongly recommend that she have an examination with a vet today to determine the cause and get her started on medication to help with her symptoms. If you must address this from home, and she's on no other medication, I would use the OTC human antihistamine Chlorpheniramine at 2-4mg orally every 12 hours. This should help with the congestion in her nose and will likely help resolve the open-mouth breathing she's doing and the next stretched appearance. You will also need to dedicate yourself to ensuring she's eating regularly. Cats can suffering liver complications from not eating within 3 days of a change in appetite. I would also offer KMR (kitten milk replacer) and pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel.

If she does not make substantial improvements at home or she worsens at any point, she does need to see your vet for an evaluation. I imagine they will want to try a course of antibiotics, as well. If you're not already running a humidifier in your home, this might also help to open her airways to breathe more easily. Don't use any essential oils, though this is a tempting solution for people. If you have no humidifier, you can boil large pots of water on the stove to bring up the humidity in your home.

I hope this information has been helpful. I will be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further. Also, before signing off today, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me (bottom of the page if using the app). A 5-star rating is appreciated as top notch answers are my focus. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply so that I may help until you’ve received the assistance you need. Until you issue a rating, the website will not compensate me for helping you. You will still be able to chat with me even after issuing a rating at no further charge on this thread.

I will also check in with you over the next few days to be sure you don’t need any additional assistance. If you would like to request me in the future for pet-related questions, you can do so by accessing this page: http://www.justanswer.com/pet/expert-pitrottmommy/?rpt=3800

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I will take her to vet tomorrow. Should I give her the OTC meds today, or wait till she see the vet? I am running a cool mist vaporizer

I don't think it will hurt to use the OTC medications today, but she will likely also need to see the vet tomorrow.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you very much. Now a dumb question. How do I administer the meds? A whole capsule for her to swallow?

You'll need to pill her like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWlpsTh6ddk&t=2s These come in 2mg and 4mg options, so you may need 1-2 tablets per dosage.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you so much. Have a good day.

You're welcome. Good luck!

PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,197
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified
PitRottMommy and 87 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask PitRottMommy Your Own Question
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 12,197
12,197 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue

PitRottMommy 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

3,956 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,816 satisfied customers

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

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,615 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

3,875 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

2,953 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
I recently lost my furnace, i did have space heaters, my cat
i recently lost my furnace, i did have space heaters, my cat stayed close to me until heat came on, now she hides under the bed, not eating or drinking,and will not come when called.i dont have the mo… read more
Sarah Snow
Sarah Snow
464 satisfied customers
Have had daughter's (10-13 yr old) cat at our house since
Have had daughter's (10-13 yr old) cat at our house since June while she stayed with friends & looked for a house. in the past 2 weeks we have been away for 2 stretches of 4 days (to help daughter mov… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
717 satisfied customers
His purr has become less deep and resonant. It is now high
His purr has become less deep and resonant. It is now high pitched and sometimes includes chirping sounds. He opens his mouth during part of his breathing cycle - I believe the exhalation, but it coul… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,441 satisfied customers
We are at the beach and my cat keep retching. He has thrown
We are at the beach and my cat keep retching. He has thrown up once, it was sand grass and some pieces of something hard. He is still hungry and ate his wet food fine. He has thrown up what looks like… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,953 satisfied customers
Hi- I have a 13 year old calico cat who was sneezing for a
Hi- I have a 13 year old calico cat who was sneezing for a few days a couple weeks ago. The sneezing stopped, though, so I didn't think much of it. I live in an apt and had to bring my fake outdoor pa… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,875 satisfied customers
Hi, my cat Daisy (approx. 11lbs) is experiencing similar symptoms
Hi, my cat Daisy (approx. 11lbs) is experiencing similar symptoms to her brother Jack (15lbs) who was diagnosed with lower respiratory infection about 5 days ago. Jack is finishing up Vibramycin, howe… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,583 satisfied customers
I was so lucky that my beautiful "SKVISA" ,( means hottie in
I was so lucky that my beautiful "SKVISA" ,( means hottie in Icelandic.) took home with me. After few months of winning her over and gaining her trust. She has become the most affectionate pet and a j… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,998 satisfied customers
hello- I have a 7yr old grey tabby. Since Thursday afternoon,
hello- I have a 7yr old grey tabby. Since Thursday afternoon, she has been extending her neck like swallowing hurts for her. She is very sluggish and has a weak, muttled meow. I noticed she is eating … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
Cat gets down low and makes coughing huffing noises but no
Cat gets down low and makes coughing huffing noises but no hairballs come out. He then sounds raspy meow after he's done huffing...… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
My 7 yr. old male cat is in some sort of distress.... This
My 7 yr. old male cat is in some sort of distress.... This AM, I noticed him stretching his neck out and and making a noise that's a cross between a gag and soft cough for a few seconds with no vomiti… read more
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
1,711 satisfied customers
My male 4 1/2 month old kitten is very listless today. He
My male 4 1/2 month old kitten is very listless today. He is purring and lets me hold him, but does seems very unresponsive. Our other kitten is 3 1/2 months old, and the 2 of them usually run and pla… read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
57,087 satisfied customers
please help! im 14 and im home by myself. My cat has been meowing
please help! im 14 and im home by myself. My cat has been meowing strangely and like does this meow inside her without opening her mouth. she was sitting in the hall not moving which is not like her b… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My female kitten keeps meowing. I recently started letting
My female kitten keeps meowing. I recently started letting her go outside, but before that she was an inside cat, but started getting out when I would open the door so I just let her out and she has a… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
Our Beloved Meow Escaped Outside & is Bleeding from Her Mouth!
Our Beloved Meow Escaped Outside & is Bleeding from Her Mouth! She ran outside and coincidentally we had a severe storm that night. There was lots of rain, thunder and lightning and we lost cable and … read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
persian: her hind legs..never done this before...gagging
My persian cat who is just under a year old keeps stretching from her hind legs forward and meowing and rolling on to her back and meowing,then back to the the beginning. She has never done this befor… read more
Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta
Large and small animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
22,387 satisfied customers
kitten: My 8 year..stray..we rescued him) has been diagnosed 8 months
My 8 year old cat (a stray kitten when we rescued him) has been diagnosed 8 months ago with heart problems: his septum is thickened while the outer left ventricle muscle is thin and weak. His heart be… read more
Dr. Dan
Dr. Dan
Veterinarian and practice owner
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
Hi, I previously wrote that my house cat was out for several
Hi, I previously wrote that my house cat was out for several hours and I found a cat under a car. She's a gray tabby with the exact same markings as mine. However, she only squeaks normally. Now she i… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
4,615 satisfied customers
rescue centre..wet food..dry food (which she hates..looking lethargic
My puss is around 14 years old we think.We got her from a rescue centre so are not sure. Off and on for a few months now she has been vomiting after gorging on wet food. We thought maybe her diet was … read more
Dr. Chris
Dr. Chris
Doctoral Degree
190 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