Originally Posted by gayef
Gross question, I know - but the answer could save you time, trouble, money and of course, even more stress on an already-stressed kitty ... what color is the mucous? If it is clear or white, there is no need to take her in, it will pass on it's own. If it is yellow, it is viral and antibiotics won't touch it - again, has to either pass on it's own or it can also go into a bacterial infection. If it is green, it is bacterial and must be treated with antibiotics.
Sorry Gaye! But I'm going to disagree with your snot-o-gram!
As far as I am concerned yellow and/or green snot requires antibiotics. This indicates the presence of white blood cells and bacterial growth and will not get better without treatment.
This comes from my own personal experience with the last (and worst) flu I had. Once I realized that, if I was caring for a cat with as much yellow snot as I had
-I would treat it with drugs
. I got myself to the doctor and after the first dose I felt 100x better!
White and clear discharge is normal with a viral infection and at that point only supportive care is necessary. Lots of fluids, good food and a steam bath to clear the sinuses.