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My cat is 10 yrs old and has nasal congestion, running of the

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My cat is 10 yrs old and has nasal congestion, running of the nose, discharge and know it seems that he is congested maybe in his throat or chest I'm not sure but he will try to get on the floor and try to raise something like he would a hairball but sounds very weak when he does it. Do you think he may need antibiotics? I have been out of work for a year and can't afford to take him to the vet or to get medication. I do have some antibiotics in the fridge called ciprofloxacin hcl 500mg tablets can I give him those?

Hi Luann,

Thanks so much for requesting me. It is my pleasure to help someone as wonderful as you!

Can you please tell me:
How long is Princie like this?

is he eating?

what food?

After your reply please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer.



Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for getting back to me. Princie has has problems with his nose it seems since last winter and now it seems that it has gotten worse.

Yes he is eating, he has a good appetite. I keep dry food out for him at all times, the brand is IAMS (Senior Plus) and in the morning I feed him a half a can of 9 Lives soft food, he loves the gravy in it and pretty much leaves the rest of the food.


I have also noticed that he is drinking alot more water and peeing alot more.

Dear Louann,

Thanks so much for your helpful reply.

I am glad to hear Prince is eating!

I would not give him cipro or any other medications at this time.

Most upper respiratory infections are viral like our human cold.

Antibiotics are only given in certain cases to prevent secondary infections.

You say he licks up the gravy but does not eat much of the food. Are you giving him food with chunks, pieces or shreds? If so, try smooth pate` foods instead.

Now excessive thirst and urinating can be a symptom of diabetes.

here are two Vets that offer a free first visit:

You can use l-lycine chews:

Run a hot shower to make a steam room and take him in for ten minute intervals to break up congestion.

Use little noses pediatric nose drops if his nose is stuffy.

Give him one quarter of a tsp of honey every 4 hours to sooth his throat.

Give him one tsp a day of either tuna, salmon or sardine oil.

Please let me know how Prince is doing. If you have more questions just press reply and I will be here for you.

Very fondly,


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you Terri for your very helpful reply.


I will take your advise and get the smooth pate' foods.

I will try all of your suggestions, you have been very helpful.


I also researched his excessive drinking and urinating and found that it could be diabetes. Is there a cure for diabetes? I believe my next door neighbor had a cat that had diabetes and she had to give him shots.


Thank you again for all of your helpful information Terri.



Dear LouAnn,

You are more than welcome! It was my pleasure to help you and sweet Prince!

Actually, the most common cause of diabetes in cats is a dry food diet.

please read an article written by a feline vet

thank YOU for your positive rating. VERY appreciated! !

Please let me know how Prince is doing.



Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for all the helpful links that you have provided me with Terri. You are a god send.


You deserve the positive rating Terri. I appreciate all of your valuable advise.


I will let you know how Princie is doing.





You are more than welcome, LouAnn.

It was my pleasure to "meet" you.

If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to call on me.



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