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one of my cats has been sneezing, clear liquid comes out and

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one of my cats has been sneezing, clear liquid comes out and breathing through his mouth periodically. He seems to be doing fine now, his attitude, appetite, and everything else didn't change. My other cat has now started the same thing and has a runny eye, continuous mouth breath and looking to have difficulty breathing and seems like she keeps on trying to sneeze or may be just trying to breath through her nose. there is no discoloration with the eye liquid as is the same with her nose, when she sneezes. Her attitude has changed. She is more lethargic and nothing like herself. Could this be a URI?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 5 years ago.

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She most likely has an upper respiratory tract infection. This is like a "kitty cold."


It is usually caused by a virus and is contagious to other cats but not people. Your other cat had it first and now she has it.


If she is having difficulty breathing, stops eating, or the drainage turn yellow-green she should see the vet for further treatment. The virus can also cause ulcers in the eyes. If she has an ulcer, she will squint her eye and be very sensitive to light. If this happens, she should see a vet as well. Treatment for an eye ulcer would be topical eye antibiotics to prevent infection.


If you bring her into the bathroom, while you take a shower, that will help steam out her nasal passages. You can also keep a humidifier in her room.


You can use nasal saline drops to help thin mucous secretions which will help them drain. Put 1-2 drops in each nostril every 12 hours. You can purchase nasal saline drops at any drug store.


You can give her an antihistamine called "chlopheniramine 4 mg tablets". The dose is 1/2 tablet every 12 hours by mouth if she weighs over 5 pounds and 1/4 tablet every 12 hours if she weighs less than 5 pounds.


If you warm her food in the microwave it will make it more fragrant and help her eat. Cats won't eat if they can not smell their food. Try really smelly canned flavors.


You can also offer her warmed low sodium chicken broth to help increase her fluid intake.


It usually resolves on its own in 7-10 days.


You can read more about upper respiratory tract infections here




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