Just adopted a cat from the SPCA…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Pciture? He sounds adorable! Hopefully he’s okay.

Post # 4
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Considering you got Stanley from a shelter I’d like to think its not, but it sounds like cat flu and needs checking out ASAP! 

My dog is called Stanley so good choice in name 🙂 

Post # 5
416 posts
Helper bee

I don’t know that I would let him wait that long to see the vet…

Post # 6
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Take him to the vet and have him checked out.  We saw our vet 2 days after we adopted our kitten.  Congratulations!!  So happy for you

Post # 7
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Haruyou:  Sounds like kennel cough, I’m not sure where you’re located but it’s a huge issue in my area right now, all my foster kitties come in with it!  But they just need some meds and time, they do drink quite a lot of water while sick with it tho!


Did you get any history on him?  I think the legs are a seperate issue.  Either way when you adopt a new pet you should take them to your vet ASAP.

Post # 8
251 posts
Helper bee

Usually when you adopt an animal they give you a voucher for a free vet check up, if they didn’t give you this you can call them and ask or call your local vet(s) to see if they do it, many do free or low cost!


PS – post pics! 🙂

Post # 9
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Kennel cough is in dogs, not cats.  Most cats, especially coming from shelters, have feline herpes virus.  If he is really snotty he may need antibiotics in case of a secondary bacterial infection, but herpes is a virus he will have for life.  Take him to a vet to have a full check up, he may need to get on lysine daily for the rest of his life to help prevent herpes flare ups once he gets over this current episode.

Post # 10
1050 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree you should get him to the vet as soon as you can. We recently adopted a kitty from the shelter as well and he went straight from the shelter cage to the vet. He also had a kitty cold (sneezing) and while he’s tests came up negative, this cold has been nearly impossible to kick. He’s been on three month long courses of antibiotics and still sniffles and sneezes, at this point he may just be a chronic carrier and we have him on l-lysine.

The back legs sound like a separate issue and should probably be addressed asap. I’d be more concrned about that than the cold.

Post # 11
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We adopted both our cats from the SPCA, one knowingly recovering from a URI. Therefore, she still had a bit of a cold when we took her home. They told us to call if it got worse or she didn’t get better soon. I believe we took her back, right to the SPCA, twice. So, my point is, one, call the SPCA and have them see him because they adopted him out with a cold, it’s their responsibilty; two, he’ll recover, he may just be going through the worst of it- he may just feel weak/ not comfortable to jump/ his senses may be off because of his cold. 🙂




Run a shower and sit with him in the “steam room”. Make sure he’s drinking- even if you have to get a dropper and put it down his throat! Cats can not eat for a day but definitely cannot not drink! Heat up some wet food so he can smell it through his stuffed up nose.




ETA: Ooops, just re-read where you say he drinks a lot already. Actually, that may not be a good thing, that is a warning sign usually in cats- I would take him to a vet or see if someone at the SPCA can see him ASAP. Not to worry you, but with cats, days can matter.




Post # 12
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Can you get to a vet sooner, just in case?  Not to worry you, but kitties often don’t act sick til they’re quite sick.  Better safe than sorry!

Post # 14
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

@Haruyou:  Congrats!!! I adopted a 6 month old cat when working at a shelter once and named him Stanley. Absolute best cat name ever!

This is my Stanley (He’s already 9 years old… holy crap!)

Here he is. When it was time for me to go away to college, my mom wouldn’t let me take him! So he still lives with my parents. But he is the greatest.



Post # 16
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

When I adopted my kitty from the shelter he had a bit of a kitty cold – sneezing, coughing, sniffling. I felt so bad for the poor thing. The vet gave me some antibiotics to give to him twice a day and he HATED it. But he was better in a couple weeks!

I guess the kitty “colds” are really quite common. In fact the whole cat house at the shelter I volunteer at has a virus going around with sneezy, sniffling kitties. But hopefully your kitty will get better soon and nothing serious is wrong. I’ll cross my fingers for you and Stanley!

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