Post # 1
We got our kitten in April, he was 8 weeks old. He was a barn cat and in pretty rough shape when we got him – he would’ve been “dealt with” if we hadn’t rescued him. He’s such a quirky little guy, has an amazing personality and I love him so much already!
Due to being a barn cat he has had a couple problems (had an eye infection when we got him, got drops for the eye and it looks perfect now :)). He has been sneezing pretty much since we got him. I have told the vet about it the 2 times we have gone before and he said to just keep an eye on it. i mentioned it again yesterday when we were there (now kitty has been having discharge from his nose), and he gave me antibiotics to give him. I have to wait a couple days before starting the meds since he just had shots too.
What can I do for him in the meantime? I feel so bad for him! He’s been sneezing lots already this morning and I had to clean up his nose already today. He’s still purring lots and seems to be his normal self (maybe a bit more sleepy), but still playing and eating fine.
I might get him a new toy or something – I just feel bad for the little guy!
Any bees had cats with respiratory/sinus problems?
Post # 2
My cat has seasonal allergies, when she’s congested I will take her in the bathroom with me while I shower. The steam helps to clear the sinuses.
Post # 3
My cat has sinus issues at least once a year. The vet told us to monitor her eating/drinking and as long as she is still doing that normally then she is fine. Most of the time it lasts about a week and then she is totally fine.
I usually put her favorite blanket on the couch since she sleeps more than usual.
Post # 4
a_day_at_the_fair: Oh good lord, I read that as “bath” rather than bathroom. I thought you and the cat were literally in the tub together! Hahah… Now that would be brave!
Post # 5
I have a cat with feline herpres so she frequently has bouts of respiratory problems. Years ago, when she was a kitten, my vet recommended I give her L-lysine to help boost her immune system. I give it to her as soon as I notice any symptoms and it usually clears up in a few days. You can get capsules at any drug store to open and sprikle/mix into her food – I give one capsule per day. Steam will help as well, as PPs mentioned.
Good luck with your new guy and I hope he feels better soon!
Post # 6
anjoo: the vet told me that the eye infection he had was most likely feline herpes, but he never said the respiratory problems could be associated with it, thanks for the info!
Post # 7
An upper respiratory infection is very commonly caused by the herpes virus. My cat was rescued from a trash can when she was just a few days old and had a severe eye infection from the virus, which caused her to completely lose sight in one eye. She does get these cold symptoms more frequently than other cats but it rarely goes on for long enough to need antibiotics. Your little guy’s immune system is probably not strong enough yet to fight it off easily on his own. I’m glad he is in good hands now!
Post # 8
You can purchase a supplement called lysine. It comes in powder or in the form of a cat treat. It will treat a cats cold and also build up it’s immune system to help prevent future illness.
Post # 9
_blackbird_: Wrap your little furbaby up in a baby’s blanket and hold him close to your chest. A mother’s love is so powerful and comforting. It is so wonderful that you took in a barn cat and giving him so much love and care. Two thumbs up 🙂
Post # 10
Ooh- I can help with this one! 🙂
This definitely sounds like the feline herpes virus.. It is a recurring upper respiratory infection characterized by sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and eye infections. My cat has it–like yours, he was a stray and we diagnosed him at an early age. When he was younger, he had a couple flare-ups a year that required trips to the vet (usually just antibiotics, which won’t treat the flare-up themselves, but will treat the accompanying bacterial infections that sometimes develop… But one time he did need antivirals). It’s very common and there’s no “cure,” but like PP suggested, Lysine powder is the key to keeping the flare-ups under control. It was a pain for a while, but so worth it. After a couple years on it, my cat only has very minor flares. 🙂
Post # 11
Thanks for all the suggestions! We started the meds tonight so hopefully they’ll kick in quickly! I got him (and my other cat) a new toy yesterday which he loves, and I’ve been giving him lots of snuggles (he’s currently climbing on me and giving me kisses right now :))!
Here’s a pic from a couple weeks ago, he crawled into a paper bag we had on the table haha.
Post # 12
Hes adoreable! we rescued a black kitty just like him, he was found and brought to a humane society. They actually asked us if we wanted another cat the day we went to go get him, because he was so sick. The vet said its just a cold, and the cat version of a cold is contagious to other cats and something that will always be in their system. He rubbed his nose so much that he lost all the fur on it 🙁
the good news is, even though all three of our cats have the cold virus now, it doesn’t last very long and other than that they are completely healthy. They get better with lots of love and being spoiled 🙂
i hope your fur baby gets better!