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Runny Nose in an adult cat

 
 
Reply 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?
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Subliminal0
 
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Reply Wed 27 Oct, 2010 07:33 pm
@dugnrichmond,
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).
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 29 Oct, 2010 07:15 pm
@dugnrichmond,
Take her to the vet.
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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Fri 29 Oct, 2010 07:36 pm
@dugnrichmond,
dugnrichmond wrote:

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?
Even if the cat has feline herpes it won't always affect their appetite. There is an upper respiratory infection that is very prevalent and any cat that has had shots is not very suceptible to it and that may be why the others are fine. Albon or Amoxicillin will most likely take care of this. I have had lots of cats when I had my cat shelter that had it. How are her eyes? Do they puss up and close with a scab-like coating? If they do then it probably is the feline herpes but it can be controlled with medication. I hope you find the answer.
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dugnrichmond
 
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Reply Sun 9 Jan, 2011 06:42 pm
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.
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sun 9 Jan, 2011 06:45 pm
@dugnrichmond,
You can get an eye ointment for the cat. It will keep that mucus out of her eyes. It really sounds like she may have a herpes virus. It will come and go but you can control it.
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carrottop10
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 07:38 am
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.
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