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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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Cat has thick eye boogers and thick mucus in mouth breathing

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cat has thick eye boogers and thick mucus in mouth breathing seems hard to do
JA: Is the cat in any pain? Is it behaving differently?
Customer: no pain but seems to want to sleep and not eat
JA: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The veterinarian will know how to help the cat.
Customer: ok so i need to take her tot he vet
JA: Have there been any changes in the cat's appearance or diet?
Customer: no just started yesterday
JA: Is there anything else you think the vet should know?
Customer: i have another cat that seems to be ok no issues both are kittens
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

what and when did he eat last?

what is his usual food?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
dry food during the day wet food when i get home from work did not eat last night
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
should i take cat to vet or will this pass
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply.

He sounds congested. Run a hot shower to make a steam room in your bathroom. Then take him in for ten minute intervals.

He may not be able to smell food. Try tuna in water or warm canned food.

Apply damp teabags to his eyes. The tanic acid in tea will sooth.

In addition, add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeten to a tablespoon of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic.

Give it every 24 hours. It is very tiny so she will not detect it

Any of these are also acceptable:

Benadryl at a dose of 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet given twice daily or

Chlorpheniramine at a dose of 2-4 mg twice a day or

Claritin (Loratadine) at a dose of 2.5-5 mg/cat or

Zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 mg once or twice a day

It is important to ensure that the formulations used contain ONLY the antihistamine and are not combination products (e.g. Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine, which could cause very significant adverse effects in a cat).

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Kind regards


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

you are more welcome. it is my pleasure to help such a wonderful person.

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