Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

Sneezing, some times a little blood in sneeze, drinking lots…

Sneezing, some times a...

Sneezing, some times a little blood in sneeze, drinking lots of water, lethargic, eating well, loss of weight

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 the cat. What is the cat's name and age?

Meow meow age almost 2

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Meow meow

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
3/15/2018
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,142
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question

I understand your concern about Meow Meow's bloody sneezes, lethargy, weight loss despite him eating well, and drinking lots of water. Any cat sick enough to lose weight is likely to be lethargic, he is conserving calories by resting.

When we see weight loss with an apparently normal or increased appetite we need to worry about disease processes that either don't allow him to digest and/or absorb the food he is taking (such as diabetes, liver disease, primary intestinal or pancreatic disease including cancers) or those that lead to a higher metabolic rate such as hyperthyroidism or cancer.

If he were an an older cat the more common diseases we see include hyperthyroidism (a tumor of the thyroid gland that overproduces thyroid hormones) or cancer (lymphoma is one that also leads to increased water consumption).

Since he is drinking more and urinating a tremendous amount, diabetes is possible. Sometimes with diabetes we can see secondary infections linger. In his case that may be a bacterial infection in his nose secondary to a viral upper respiratory infection or a tooth root infection.

I would also be concerned about a fungal infection too. These can cause nasal bone destruction, so we see nasal bleeds and affect his metabolism as he works to fight the infection off.

While cancer is less common in young cats we can see lymphoma at any age, so while he is young, it is possible.

Has he had any testing done to achieve a diagnosis?

Ideally he should have a complete blood count and biochemistry profile with T-4 checked as well as a urinalysis. Radiographs of his nose and scoping to obtain samples for culture and look for a tumor or fungal plaques.

In the meantime while you are waiting for test results you might try feeding him a higher calorie prescription food called Hills a/d or Iams Maximum Calorie from your veterinarian and make sure he has access to plenty of fresh, clean water.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He goes to vet tomorrow he is always a cuddly cat even more so now. He just does not seem like himself at all he had what we thought was a cold both our cats had it out other cat got better but meow meow seem like he can't fight it so I'm concerned he drinks tons of water and lays on his favorite chair all day and night the last few days. He has lost weight I'm feeding him extra and giving him chick
Ken.

I'm sorry to hear that your fellow just cannot seem to kick this. That is truly concerning.

Given that this started with a respiratory infection and he has seemingly just gotten sicker I am worried he has an immunosuppressive virus like feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus, either of which could suppress his immune system and not let it work the way it should. He should be tested for these viruses, even if he has tested negative in the past.

I am glad he will see his veterinarian tomorrow, please let me know how things go for him and what they find.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you so much.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
New development with meow meow blood in stool.

I am sorry to hear that Meow Meow has blood in his stool. The amount of bleeding determines how concerned we need to be.

That can be related to parasites, secondary bacterial gastroenteritis (particularly common in cats with immunosuppressive viruses), exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides, infiltrative cancer, or systemic fungal infections.

Please let me know what his veterinarian finds today.

Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,142
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Verified
Dr. Kara and 87 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your kitty. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Kara
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,142
18,142 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

Dr. Kara 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

3,928 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,753 satisfied customers

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

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,473 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

3,557 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,072 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,883 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
8 mths old, bad upper respiratory infection, on 2nd round if
8 mths old, bad upper respiratory infection, on 2nd round if clavamax. Took her to my vet & the tech dropped her, now we have back end issues that she is seeing a chiropractor for. She isn't eating no… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,928 satisfied customers
I think my cat has an upper respiratory infection and has
I think my cat has an upper respiratory infection and has been vomiting throughout the night. Have a vet appointment in the morning but wondered if there was anything I could do in the mean time to he… read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
346 satisfied customers
My cat has had an upper respiratory infection for about 2
My cat has had an upper respiratory infection for about 2 years now. My vet has treated him with various antibiotics, prednisone, and Flovent. Antibiotics worked for awhile, but are no longer effectiv… read more
CalCatDoc
CalCatDoc
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
512 satisfied customers
My cat suffers from upper respiratory infections and was
My cat suffers from upper respiratory infections and was treated for one in November. She has been on two rounds but she now has a louder breathing and snoring/whistle when she sleeps or relaxes. She … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,142 satisfied customers
My cat is getting better from upper respiratory infection
my cat is getting better from upper respiratory infection but has watering eyes righteye is better with the eye wash but left eye he is trying to keep closed I looked and it is red up in eye ball can … read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,983 satisfied customers
She has an upper respiratory infection so we've been giving
She has an upper respiratory infection so we've been giving her amoxicillin, but she's been throwing up constantly a few hours afterwards … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,465 satisfied customers
I believe my mouse has an upper respiratory infection or
I believe my mouse has an upper respiratory infection or pneumonia. I took her to the vet and the vet gave her baytril (for 14 days) I haven't been very successful in giving her the full dose, she doe… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,465 satisfied customers
My cat has the start of an upper respiratory infection he
My cat has the start of an upper respiratory infection he has some congestion and a little cough. I've been keeping him isolated and warm and giving him wet food. Anything over the counter or all natu… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,883 satisfied customers
She has upper respiratory infection. 8ten years old.
She has upper respiratory infection. 8ten years old. Sneezing wheezing, yawning. I am keeping her warm, would steaming help? … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,465 satisfied customers
I have a snake with an upper respiratory infection and I'm
I have a snake with an upper respiratory infection and I'm wondering if we can give her penicillin … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,504 satisfied customers
My cat Olivia has suffered from upper respiratory infections
Hi my cat Olivia has suffered from upper respiratory infections for years. She currently has yellow flem in her nose and constantly sneezes it out. Also she has a cyst on her liver and ibd issues. Blo… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,557 satisfied customers
Pretty sure he has an upper respiratory infection.
pretty sure he has an upper respiratory infection. … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,142 satisfied customers
My 12-year old cat has had an upper respiratory infection
My 12-year old cat has had an upper respiratory infection w/phlegm and sneezing gobs of phlegm. He had teeth extracted--I was told sinus infection due to bad teeth after FOUR rounds of antibiotics. Ha… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
She has an upper respiratory infection and recently started
She has an upper respiratory infection and recently started having some bloody mucus from both nostrils … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
He is a cat and he is having a upper respiratory infection
He is a cat and he is having a upper respiratory infection and needs antibiotics … read more
Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
703 satisfied customers
One of them (Moji) got an upper respiratory infection and
One of them (Moji) got an upper respiratory infection and now I'm pretty sure the other (Joji) caught it. I was given clavamox for Moji and attempted to give it to Joji and by the second dose she was … read more
divealot1
divealot1
DVM
8 satisfied customers
I have kittens with upper respiratory infections. They're
I have kittens with upper respiratory infections. They're about 7 to 8 weeks old … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My cat appears to have an upper respiratory infection of
Hi, my cat appears to have an upper respiratory infection of some kind. His nose is congested and he's not too keen on eating right now. I was able to get him to lap up the juice from a jar of baby me… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Veterinarian
18,142 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