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Hello, this is Dr. Cynthia. Thank you for contacting JustAnswer. I will try to help with your concerns on here. I am credentialed as a cat specialist, but I do all animals. I have over 30 years of clinical experience with a degree in animal nutrition also.
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I am very sorry that Monkey is having this problem. I understand your concern. I do have a few questions.
I just want to be sure I understand the problem clearly.
Since I have not heard back from you, I want to provide you with an answer in a general sense from the information you provided. You can always ask a follow-up question. I will check back later.
From what you describe, it may be an upper respiratory virus flare-up and sore throat.
You probably know that cats' common upper respiratory virus is caused by a herpes virus that they contract usually as kittens. Like our common cold sore, it never goes away; it just stays dormant. If something causes a wane in the immune system (any stress event, steroids, temperature changes, environmental changes, changes in the cat's routine) the virus can flare up and cause mild symptoms.
The virus can cause any of a variety of symptoms, of varying severity. It can cause a mild sore throat, laryngitis with voice change, congestion, nose and eye inflammation and discharges, sneezing, often significant lethargy, and loss of appetite. It is often very evident that the cat has an exaggerated swallow, even extending their neck to swallow. They may gag and retch, drool, or gag up phlegm that is often confused with vomiting.
Regardless of the cause, it is important that Monkey stay nourished and hydrated. This virus usually lasts 3-5 days, often less in vaccinated cats. As long as your kitty is eating some, acting relatively normally with no other symptoms, and there is no color to any eye or nose discharge they require no treatment. If the discharges are yellow or green, they should have antibiotics. Antihistamine and decongestants are contraindicated in cats with URI. Humidification may help loosen secretions.
If needed soft, strong smelling foods, if possible, are usually better accepted. I would suggest offering strained chicken baby food to eat. It is soft, easy to digest, palatable, and provides needed fluids. https://www.beechnut.com/product/beech-nut-chicken-chicken-broth/
Most importantly, if they refuse to eat anything, act more lethargic, the symptoms you describe persist or worsen, or any congestion and discharge worsens, your kitty should be seen by a veterinarian.
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I will check back later.
You are very welcome!
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