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Hello everyone! I'm brand new to this site, and I need a some help.

I am very worried about my 16 months old cat, Yogi. He started getting sneezing attacks this morning, and I mean really nasty ones.. He was sneezing every 30 to 60 seconds for extended periods of time, and he was really lethargic and hiding from me. He had watery eyes and he kept pawing at his little nose. I posted about loss of eye colour earlier on this forum, now I think there might be a connection.
I also have another cat, Cibelle - she is 9 months old and pregnant. She had similar symptoms earlier, but not nearly as bad as him. I took both kitties to the vet this afternoon, and he said that Yogi's got Feline Respiratory Complex, and most likely he got it from Cibelle, since she is more of a carrier of the disease.

The vet said that Yogi's got it pretty bad, and he prescribed Clavaseptin 50mg for 8 days twice daily, and Viralys. I just administered the first dose about 4 hours ago, no change yet, and I started researching the drug to see what it's all about. I'll post the link in case any experts read this and could give a second opinion: http://veto.naccvp.com/view_label.ph...rodnum=1234294
The reason I request a second opinion is because I googled the disease, and I never saw the mention of this drug. I'm wondering whether it is too mild especially in a multi-cat household where kittens are expected.
Here is a description of Viralys: http://www.drugs.com/vet/viralys-oral-gel-can.html
My vet was unsure whether it is ok to administer it to a pregnant cat, so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Kittens can be stillborn if the virus seriously attacks the mother.

I just got my kitties less than a month ago and I never had cats of my own, so you can probably see why I'm worried and panicky.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions and advice!
post #2 of 5
The first link says to log in.
The 2nd one is what Meeko takes for her herpes.
It does hekp.
post #3 of 5
I suggest another vet
post #4 of 5
Viralys is a gel form of Lysine. I give Lysine to my herpes positive cat. It'll help your kitty but you won't see an immediate improvement from the Viralys alone. That's a more gradual improvement.

Basically, your cat has an upper respiratory infection? (That's what I'm understanding from what I've read at a couple of sites.) With the antibiotic, I'd give it at least 24-48 hours before you see a significant improvement, but in the mean time, I'd do all the things you'd do for a cat with an URI, vaporizer and/or steam sessions while you're in the shower, make sure they're eating, drinking, and pooping properly, and watch them to be sure they don't get worse.

What I question is how the vet determined that your female was more of a carrier than your little boy cat. As far as I know, these things are not a respecter of gender and boys are just as likely to be carriers as females. *IF* the girl ends up having herpes, then it is possible for her to pass it on to the babies.

I think I'd be looking for a new vet.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies, I'm really glad I found this site!
So Yogi recovered in about two weeks, and he got some nasty nosebleeds while on the antibiotic, which went all over my wall when he was sneezig.

He was still sneezing every once in a while for quite some time after that, but now he's fully recovered! The reason the vet thought Cibelle was a carrier of the disease, was because I mentioned that she was sneezing occasionally ever since I got her, and Yogi was not - they did not have contact with any other cats. I gave Cibelle Viralys while she was pregnant, but the supplement apparently didn't harm the babies, thank God! Now I'm a happy grandma of 4 healthy kittens. One kitten had to be euthanized right after birth (there were 5 originally) due to a very nasty hernia, but I'm pretty sure this wasn't due to my giving Cibelle the Viralys supplement gel. Now the babies ARE sneezing sometimes, so I think they are carrying the Respiratory Complex, but I don't think there was any way to avoid this. Nothing serious though, knock on wood. They are on a raw food diet, and are running around like crazy

Thanks again!
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