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upper respiratory allergies in cats that's not FIV
mischa9 posted:
One cat I believe was born with this problem as when we found him in the freezing cold curled up on our deck I thought he was a goner. Took him to the Vet and to my surprise he responded to treatment. He's an adorable, lovable 4 year old with one annoying problem. He's sneezes a lot leaving mucus everywhere. Sometimes bloody, sometimes not, sometimes thick and dark. It's disgusting but he is the happiest cat of the bunch (5). Tried antibiotics, they lessen it a little but don't stop it. Within a few days of the treatment ending he's sneezing all over everything again. It must be related to his birth since he was a stray but there also must be something I can do to relieve MY agony of constantly cleaning up after him. He appears to be fine with his condition.....
Any help will be appreciated. My Vet made reference to some type of nasal surgery but said he didn't really recommend it.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Chronic upper respiratory diseases are one of the banes of veterinary medicine! By far, the most common cause is a herpes virus infection, which is usually not curable. Since there are other causes, ask your veterinarian to x-ray your cat's skull to look for bone loss or irregularities in his sinuses. If found, it's more serious but also more likely to be treatable. If his sinuses look normal, treatment is often unrewarding. Antibiotics usually give symptomatic relief when needed, but rarely solve the problem. Some of our clients find a cool-mist humidifier helps. There's some evidence that lysine, an amino acid, can be beneficial. But most of these cats live a sneezy, happy life. You, however, are the one that has to clean up after him!

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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