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Joee  (Level: 164.1 - Posts: 255)
Sat, 12th Jun '10 7:26 PM


My beautiful precious Oscar (see photo of my cat on my profile page if ya wanna) has been sick for more than a month now. He has runny nose and eyes, is coughing and snuffling and sneezing. (just worked out what the dots are on my computer screen...eeeewwww) When he first got sick I spent more than $500 at the vet. He had two courses of antibiotics, an allergy shot and spent the night in hospital for observation and rehydration. He slowly got back on his feet, is eating and drinking and running the household once again but still snuffling and sneezing. Seems more like a cold than an allergy. I know there's lots of cat lovers here. What do you think, any advice please?


Amyt  (Level: 142.9 - Posts: 240)
Sat, 12th Jun '10 8:40 PM

Hello! One of my three cats is susceptible to the symptoms you describe with your cat. Wally's eyes were running and he sneezed a great deal. At that time, I did have the windows open for some fresh air. I decided to keep them closed. I also took out the plug in deoderizers. After about a week and a half or so, he got better.
Consider if there is something new in your house that may be affecting your cat. I had a friend whose cat exhibited similar symptoms. She realized that he was reacting to some new cleaning products/detergent that she was using.
It often doesn't take too much. Keep us posted. Hope this may help...

Amyt  (Level: 142.9 - Posts: 240)
Sat, 12th Jun '10 8:43 PM

By the way, I just looked at Oscar. He is a beauty!

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 12th Jun '10 9:02 PM

Just a minute. I'm going to ask Booboo. BRB

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Sat, 12th Jun '10 9:47 PM

Amyt's advice to get rid of the scented plug-ins may be on target, especially if you have just begun using them or have purchased a new brand. It's a simple way to maybe solve the problem. Just pack up all the scented plug-ins, scented candles, etc., in your home and put them in an outdoor shed or at least in the garage for a few weeks.

My personal doctor says many of the candles, deodorizers, etc., contain parabens (or parabins) which may cause a variety of physical problems in humans.

If you bathe your cat, check the label for ingredients. When I go to the doctor's office Monday i'll try to remember to get some addresses where you can go on-line to see if your products contain these parabens. They are in everything.

If you want to give your home a nice scent, bring a pan of water to a boil and drop in some cinnamon, or cinnamon sticks. I personally like pickling spices - reminds me of my younger years when I made pickles, and even earlier, my childhood days when the kitchen and house smelled of pickling spices most of the summer when my mother made her wonderful 14-day pickles.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 12th Jun '10 9:52 PM

After years of being happy and healthy kitties, my two tabbys (mom and daughter), at almost the same time, started biting their skin, runny noses and eyes.. licking fur off until raw.. took them to the vet.. said probably an allergy to flea bites (they'd get a few here and there), gave them cortizone shots and oral meds.. they seemed to get better but as soon as meds were done, they'd start all over again.

I'm a commercial realtor and got a call from a cat doctor looking for space to open a clinic.. during our tour of properties, I shamelessly took advantage of having him hostage in my car, lol, and told him about my little furballs ... he said, 'Sounds like a gluten intolerance. Change their food to a brand that doesn't contain wheat or any other related products.'

I tried it .. now buy only Wellness brand cat food - very expensive but worth it. they have none of those problems anymore.

Seemed a little finicky to me (pardon the pun hehe) but, who knew cats could develop a similar condition to human celiac disease??

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 13th Jun '10 8:50 AM

The coughing and the murky eyes sound like broncitis or kitty pink eyes...some infection which isn't being treated quite right. Hate to suggest more vets but suggest trying a different vet...and make sure a chest xray is included. Just like in people, infections in the lungs or eyes are very resistant. Might be a sinus infection too.

Joee  (Level: 164.1 - Posts: 255)
Sun, 13th Jun '10 9:17 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone, I'm following up the suggestions. I'm leaning towards an allergy at the moment. We don't have any plug in thingies so I can eliminate that. We have a lot of bush around our house so it's almost impossible to keep him free of fleas which according to the vet he is allergic to. I'm going to work on this first .... try a different flea treatment and comb him for fleas every day as his allergy may have just become worse than what it was. He does scratch and chew and pull his fur out. And I suppose if he doesn't improve I'll take him back to the vet.

Any advice from Booboo, Andy?

Thanks again, Jo

Amyt  (Level: 142.9 - Posts: 240)
Sun, 13th Jun '10 9:52 PM

Best of luck! I know how difficult it can be to try to help our little furballs. I wish they could just tell us what's wrong. Say Hi to Oscar! Amy

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 4450)
Sun, 13th Jun '10 10:09 PM

It sounds like an allergy to me as well. Do you think you might be able to make Oscar an indoor-only kitty? Then he wouldn't have any fleas. I was able to do this with one of my cats several years ago. He kept me awake at night howling for about three months, but then he settled in and became an indoor kitty and snugglier than ever.

Oscar is beautiful! I hope whatever it is can be determined soon so Oscar and you will feel better! Please keep us posted!

-- Geri

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