My Cat Keeps Sneezing and Has A Runny Nose: What’s Wrong?

October 18, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

What to Do When Cat keeps Sneezing and Has Runny Nose

  • Sneezing can signal a tooth abscess or may just be a trait of his particular breed. Check your pets mouth and gums. Notice if he has been having difficulty chewing.
  • It is important to distinguish whether a cat has a little cold  (information on how to treat a cat cold ) or flu when they have runny nose and sneezing symptoms, or a highly infectious bacterial disease of the respiratory system such as Bordetella.
  • Other illnesses like calcivirus and Herpes 1 can also have similar symptoms.
  • If your cat has just spent time at a boarding home or shelter and exhibits these symptoms, it is quite possible he was contaminated with a bacterial disease, whereas if you have an indoor cat and only one cat, it probably is not serious.
  • Good observations and being attentive of your cats normal routines will help you get or give your pet the help he needs if you cat keeps sneezing and you don’t know what to do.
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  • Sneezing, as a symptom alone can come from things like dust, fumes of chemicals we use around the house or anything airborne.
    Think about whether you have cleaned your floors or carpets recently with some new product. Is anything different as far as the cats environment goes? Just think.
  • Sneezing and some nasal discharge or runny nose, can be typical of an upper respiratory infection, a virus, the common cold, or flu. In that case, your pet should be back to normal in a few days.
  • Be observant of your pets appetite and if it is decreased or totally gone. Are they taking any fluids in or have they quit drinking due to increased lethargy? In that case, give fluids with a needle less syringe. You want to avoid dehydration.
  • If any signs of wheezing or respiratory difficulties is seen, or mucous membranes in the mouth turn a bluish tint, seek medical advice immediately.
  • If a fever, above 103.5 lasts longer than a day or two, it could signal some type of infection. Have your pet seen.
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Causes of Feline Bordetellosis

  • The causes of Bordetella in cats are bacteria.  It is bacteria that is spread through cough (infrequent in cats) or sneezing.
  • It is generally seen in houses with multiple cats or in shelters of high populations of cats like boarding homes or even cat shows.
  • This is a highly infectious disease that effects the respiratory system. Sometimes Bordetella is misdiagnosed as a simple upper respiratory infection or a cold.
  • Nasal swabs and blood tests can isolate the bacteria and distinguish it from other diseases like Herpes 1 and Calcivirus which can present similar symptoms, especially the sneezing.
  • This disease is along the same lines as “kennel cough” in dogs. Actually the disease can be transferred back and forth from dog to cat.
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Symptoms of Bordetella in Cats

  • Symptoms of Bordetella are always worse in kittens and mild in adult cats. They may include, cough, sneezing, eye and nose drainage, fever, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck under the jaw and loss of appetite.
  • Untreated, Bordetella can lead to bronchial pneumonia and death.

Treatments of Bordetella in Cats

  • Nobavac Bb is a vaccine that is available for this disease. There are natural vaccines available too. Make sure you trust and have faith in whoever you get them from.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed. Remember this is not a virus like the flu, it is a bacteria that needs to be killed.
  • Isolate the ill cat from other family pets.
  • Normal temperature for a cat can be 102. If the temp goes to 103.5,  this is cause for concern. Get fluids into your pet anyway you can.
  • As a treatment for Bordetella at home, encourage fluids and boost the immune system. Ferrum Phosphate and Echinacea can help with that.
  • Plantago and Bryonia help soothe the mucous membranes of the throat and the respiratory system and help to keep airway passages clear.
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