Wed 27 Oct, 2010 12:24 pm
My recently adopted stray "Lisa" has a runny nose and sneezing problem. The tenants of the trailer park she lives in tells me she has had this since she was a little kitten and she is roughly five years old now. I thought about feline herpes but her appetite is fine and she has several other cats that she comes in contact with daily and they seem fine. Any ideas on what this may be and if so any ideas on how to cure it?
It sounds like a chronic URI [upper respiratory infection [complex]]. Symptoms are runny nose/eyes, sneezing, coughing, and sometimes fever. The most likely causes are feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1) and feline calicivirus (FCV).
Under some advice of a friend we gave her some claritin and this seemed to clear her up. But it is still there and the claritin seems to give her some nausea after a couple of weeks. As far as her eyes go they are almost always runny and look sometimes as though there is a red mucus buildup in the corners of her eyes. I wash her face with a warm rag three sometimes four times a day. I haven't given her any more Claritan for quite sometime. It seems as though some days her nose runs very clear. Then a day or two later it will be green and thick. I cannot afford a vet while being unemployed. Any more advice would be greatly appreciated.
sorry but if you cant afford the vets bills you should not have the animal, not to be able to afford vets bills to my mind is cruelty itself.