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I NEED HELP!!!! Snotty Cat

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
i dont know what to do anymore!! My 4 year old Tonkinese never grew out of his sneezing fits, i know Tonks have respitory issues but my other two kitty's are fine. It has become a major problem i have snot everywhere, the last straw was when he sneezed last week on a guest in my home. I dont know how to controll it, the breeder never emails me back he has been on Doxy since he was a baby, there has to be something that can controll this i just havent found the answer, i feel so bad for my kitty he must sneeze 100 times a day. He sounds so congested always grunting and hacking.
Any suggestions i wold be so greatful.

Thanks
post #2 of 17
Perhaps get a second opinion from another vet. There may be another medication that will be better than the Droxy.
post #3 of 17
When my kitty had an URI, the best thing we did for her was run a vaporizer continuously, so you might want to invest in a humidifier. Also, I went to the health food store and bought a bottle of eucalyptus oil and put a few drops on an old washcloth twice a day and put it near where she slept. This really seemed to help her.

Stephanie
post #4 of 17
Some cats have chronic upper respiratory infection. It is similar to having chronic sinus problems. Find a vet who is willing to experiment until you find a combination of medications that will work well. Doxy is a great drug but sometimes it works better in combination with others.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Some cats have chronic upper respiratory infection. It is similar to having chronic sinus problems. Find a vet who is willing to experiment until you find a combination of medications that will work well. Doxy is a great drug but sometimes it works better in combination with others.
Agree. I lived with a cat for 13 years with a chronic respiratory problem - he nearly died as a kitten from a horrible URI and his sinus tract was damaged.

If he's been on doxy for this long, he is immune to it and it isn't helping him anymore. The vet needs to switch the meds around, and a good vet will do their best to keep them off antibiotics. The chronic condition is probably due to the fact that his respiratory tracks are damaged, and no antibiotic will correct that - they will only help prevent secondary bacterial infections that these cats are prone to due to their compromised systems. Besides, if he becomes immune to them, if he really gets sick, nothing will help him. Use them sparingly!

With Bogart, we had a regular routine where we got him in the bathroom with us when we showered to steam him each day. If his sneezing got bad, we would get antibiotics but would mix them up all year long. I kept kleenex handy and would wipe his nose a lot. And I scrubbed a lot of walls and furniture during those 13 years - I still find snot spots on the walls and he has been gone for 2 years.

You may want to consider allergy testing to see if there is a basis for his sneezing. If he is, you may try removing the allergen. It is always best to treat the cause and not the symptoms.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
i thank all of you for your help!!! I have had this dilemna forever my other two tonks are fine one nver sneezes the other once ina while, my vet ( who i love) has never seen tonks before my babes were his 1st. I have read and have been told that Tonks suffer from upper respitory issues, my other two grew out of it Sambuka never did and i can deal with the snot ( and boy is it bad, it flings all over the place) i just feel so bad for him he looks so uncomfortable. I dont think my vet knows what else to do, the Doxy liquid worked the best what i did was opened capsule and added water and shot it in his mouth, after a year or so he got smart and kept throwing it up, then we went to a cream that i put in his ear, i dont think this is a effective, there has to be a way to fix him, my vet says he has sinuitis and nothing can be done, i find this hard to believe.
I will try your suggestions
Thanks
post #7 of 17
If you're going to use eucalyptus, please don't put anywhere the cat can get to it. Eucalyptus is poisonous to cats.
post #8 of 17
Have you tried L-Lysine? That seems to help my kitty's constant sneezing if I give it to him consistently.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by MuttigreeMom
If you're going to use eucalyptus, please don't put anywhere the cat can get to it. Eucalyptus is poisonous to cats.
Right! I forgot to mention that! Thanks for doing that.

Stephanie
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade
Have you tried L-Lysine? That seems to help my kitty's constant sneezing if I give it to him consistently.
i have tried l-lysine but i had to break open the pill and put it in his wet food do you know if i can get that in a liquid??? and how much do i give him?
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by My3Tonks
i have tried l-lysine but i had to break open the pill and put it in his wet food do you know if i can get that in a liquid??? and how much do i give him?
Lysine sometimes helps prevent recurring herpes infections. It does come in a paste form that is very tasty to cats (my Muddy just started on it last weekend). The brand name of the paste is Enisyl-F. It comes in a tube with a syringe tip and you squirt out the proper amount. Ask your vet about it.

Yup, the pills are huge and a nightmare to give to them! Muddy is already begging for his twice daily dosage of Enisyl - he licks it off my finger.
post #12 of 17
My kitty has this problem. He has gotten better over the nearly 2 years I have had him. He also has a bad corneal ulcerr. He is on lysine as well. I tried the paste stuff, but he didn't like it. It is called Viralysis. I got it through my vet. My cat also likes to sneeze on guests. What I have found that helps with controlling the snot and keeping his nose clear is to take a clean baby nose aspirator and clean out his nose when it appears to be snotty. The vet also suggested shooting saline into his nose to thin it out, but that proved to be more trouble that it was worth.
post #13 of 17
You might want to use a cool air vaporizer, and add a sm bottle of hydrogen peroxide to the water. I use this for my own sinus and colds very successfully and it's very safe for animals.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by My3Tonks
i have tried l-lysine but i had to break open the pill and put it in his wet food do you know if i can get that in a liquid??? and how much do i give him?
I get the human capsules and dissolve them in a bit of water. Then I mix the water with a little bit of Fancy Feast. I try to give him 500 mg per day when I remember.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade
I get the human capsules and dissolve them in a bit of water. Then I mix the water with a little bit of Fancy Feast. I try to give him 500 mg per day when I remember.
I highly recommend you talk to your vet before you give any human medication to ensure you are giving the right amounts and also if there is a difference in the formula. Folks here can share their experiences with you and make suggestions, but only your vet should be giving you advice about medications and dosages.
post #16 of 17
Does anyone in your house smoke? My Cajun is allergic to smoke and we didn't realize that his "URI" was due to my ex husband's smoking at the time. When our vet told us that, my ex immediately quit smoking, and Cajun almost immediately got better....
post #17 of 17
My poor little Autumn-Cat is such a baby and she has this same problem. What makes the problem worse is that she gets so scared that trips to the vet brings out other medical problems caused by stress. It is safer to keep her home, and there are no vets in my area who do home visits. (Money isn't the problem, as a pet owner I believe in vets, for example I paid over $600 on the last vet visit for Autumn's Liver problem, and I don't want to loose my babe now!) Is there any home remedies that I could use until I can talk to a competent vet about my options? Thanks for your help- look! My first post!
Andee
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