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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 5 Oct 2010 00:08


My cat Jerk has been sneezing the last couple of days. I'm starting to get a little bit concerned about it. He will sneeze about 8 times in a row, and will do this a couple of times a day.

He has a healthy appetite, and plays well with the other cat. I haven't noticed any discharge from his nose or eyes, and he doesn't appear to be swollen or lethargic.

I have the "Max Scoop" cat litter, both the clumping and un-clumping kind (it is advertised to be 99% dust free). This is the only thing I've changed with him since we got him from my BF mom & dad in May. (they used to use something generic)

He does like to drink from the faucet in the tub, and sometimes gets water up his nose which does cause him to sneeze, but he's never done it this many times in a row before.

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this type of problem before?

thefrogwoman
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# Posted: 6 Oct 2010 17:38


it could be the litter, the water, or allergies to the other cat! if he doesn't seem to have an infection (runny eyes or nose) and isn't hiding (which kitties tend to do when they are hurt or sick) then i wouldn't worry too much


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k412
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# Posted: 7 Oct 2010 04:45


If the change in litter was before the sneezing started it could be a candle, air freshener, lots of things.
Worst case, heartworm disease or FELV if he goes outside. But, I knew a cat with it years ago and he lived a good long time w/ steriods.


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# Posted: 7 Oct 2010 13:08


:eekoor kitty...I hope he gets better.

maybe it's kitty payback for how much they make me sneeze.....j/k ;)


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 7 Oct 2010 20:05


I'm just a little worried about him because he's been sneezing and coughing now. Everything else about him seems fine, good appetite, good amount of activity, he's social, there's been no discharge from his eyes, no runny nose.
the cough sound he makes is different then what the hair-ball noise sounds like

I changed his litter because the type he was on before was gross IMO, it was very dusty and made the cats fur smell like the litter box. I get him this other stuff now, called "Max Scoop" - I think Purina makes it, anyways it's a lot nicer and I think it's better for the cats.

He is an inside only kitty, however he used to be an inside-outside kitty
He is about 8 years old

He has his shots, but is due for the next set of shots this December
There is a blood test that is offered at our vet for FELV & FIV, so I will opt for that

thefrogwoman
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# Posted: 9 Oct 2010 22:35


just like humans, the sneeze and cough can be allergies. and if nothing else is changing and there's no facial runnies (or butt runnies!) it's probably not a cold.

k412 has a point about fragrances too!


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cherisse
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2010 19:32


It is most likely an upper respiratory infection. Common in cats and can spread like wildfire in certain cases.

Much like a human cold, the signs are runny eyes, sneezing, coughing, chest congestion, etc

Your vet will give you oral antibiotics for your cat to take and it should clear up in about 10 days.

it will still be contagious for up to 2 weeks after you finish the meds, so just be careful about your cat coming into contact with unvaccinated kitties.

If left untreated, in some cases it can turn into pneumonia and will require hospitalization. But rarely does this happen.

Human grade nasal saline drops and a humidifier or taking the cat into the bathroom with you when you take your shower will alieviate chest congestion and nasal congestion

good luck!


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cherisse
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# Posted: 11 Oct 2010 19:49


if the sneezing does not progress into other smptoms, your vet can try a DeopMedrol shot to help with the allergies, if that is what they determine it is.




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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 12 Oct 2010 23:24 · Edited by: Sandy_Bear



k412 has a point about fragrances too!

We don't really use any sort of fragrances, I don't really like the smell of them, and I worry that excess spray will come into contact with some of my frogs, fish or feeders.

or taking the cat into the bathroom with you when you take your shower will alieviate chest congestion and nasal congestion
Oh, he's always in the bathroom every time we go in there. He likes to drink from the tap, (not his water bowl), so he gets the best opportunity to demand that the tap be left to drip for him to get a drink from. He's in there with me every morning when I shower, so a good 10-15 minutes of steam.

Thanks for the tips Cherisse, our Jerk is due for his next shots in December, but I will be making the appointment sooner to get him all checked out plus vaccinated with whatever he needs done.

He's vomited twice this week, at least I think it was him, it was like he ate too much cat food all at once, then threw it back up again. But I'm not sure if that had anything to do with his "cold".

Fryguy
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# Posted: 13 Oct 2010 02:51


cats fine my cat had the same problem it went away after a little wile
(whaching acat sneez is kind fun thow)


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k412
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# Posted: 14 Oct 2010 05:17


Vomiting undigested food?
When you feel his ears do they feel hot? Hot as opposed to warm since their regular temperature is 101.0 give or take.
Lethargic?
Is his belly soft or hard?
If you feel/press lightly along his throat does it induce a cough?


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 14 Oct 2010 13:01


I just checked his ears, and they felt cool. I will check them again later today.

His belly feels normal to me, it's soft

I pressed on his throat, but I didn't get him to cough, I'm not sure if I did it properly, so I will try that one again later today

He doesn't appear to be lethargic, he sleeps during the day and night, but he's up for long bouts during both, and he plays with the other cat

I don't have a thermometer, so I will check around for one today

The vomiting happened twice, and it was a lot of food. I'm not sure if he just ate more then he could handle at once and threw it back up, or if it is a symptom of him being sick.

He was coughing quite a bit last night though, when he coughs, it's sort of like this:
*cough!*.....*cough!*.....*cough!*...*cough*!....
and went on for 5-10 minutes, but then kept acting normal afterwards

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 28 Oct 2010 12:33


Just a little update:

I brought both my kitties to the vet, Jerk who had all the symptoms, and Sparta who seemed fine.

Both kitties had a temperature, and Sparta had a higher temperature then Jerk. (I forgot to ask how high the temps were)

Jerk has mostly stopped the sneezing/coughing, and that turned into loss of voice and trying to vomit.

The vet gave me injectable antibiotics for both cats. It is given by weight, so Sparta's drug cost about $20CDN and Jerks cost about $25CDN.
My other option was pills or liquid that had to be given orally, but she said people have a hard time getting their cats to take them, and the injection was just easier. So that is what I opted for.

The boys go back in two weeks to see if they are ok, or if they need more antibiotics, and possibly Jerk will get his vaccines.

k412
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# Posted: 29 Oct 2010 03:17


So it is a URI then?
That's good it's nothing serious!
I hope they both get better soon.


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 29 Oct 2010 12:35


So it is a URI then?
I'm not exactly sure if it's a URI. I don't remember discussing that with her.

Yesterday I noticed on Jerk, under his left eye, has become a little puffy, and on the bottom eye lid, it seems to be a little bit red, and both eyes have been having some discharge.
The vet also said that around his collar/throat area was swollen, and he may have a touch of laryngitis - which would cause the change/loss of voice.

I'm just glad that we didn't have to put them down.

I'm also going to be changing their cat food. Right now, my understanding of what they have been eating is "Junk Food", so I'll probably be picking up a higher quality cat food today. I checked it out yesterday, but I can't remember what it is called.

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