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Frankie and his snotty nose

post #1 of 14
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This poor little guy came to me from the breeder with a "cold". He has been a regular at the vets office ever since. He gets so plugged up in the nose you can hear him breathing across the room. He is currently taking L-Lysine, and antihistamines(the vet thinks its allergies). This little guy blows nasty boogers sometimes. Last week it was his eye, it looked like he blew a vessel in his eye from sneezing. We went to the vet on emergency visit, and got drops for his eye. Yesterday I bought a cool air vaporizer for him, I will try that next.

I feel so badly for this little cat. He is only 14 months old, and is constantly fighting this snotty nose...

Does anyone have any other suggestions I can do for him...
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by abbycats
This poor little guy came to me from the breeder with a "cold". He has been a regular at the vets office ever since. He gets so plugged up in the nose you can hear him breathing across the room. He is currently taking L-Lysine, and antihistamines(the vet thinks its allergies). This little guy blows nasty boogers sometimes. Last week it was his eye, it looked like he blew a vessel in his eye from sneezing. We went to the vet on emergency visit, and got drops for his eye. Yesterday I bought a cool air vaporizer for him, I will try that next.

I feel so badly for this little cat. He is only 14 months old, and is constantly fighting this snotty nose...

Does anyone have any other suggestions I can do for him...
My Skittles has a cold also and I can hear her whistle. I hope he gets better and good luck. Poor baby. Sending tissue your way.
post #3 of 14
You can ask your vet whether saline drops might help in his situation. There is another medication that is sometimes used to boost the immune system; it's called alpha-interferon.
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade
You can ask your vet whether saline drops might help in his situation. There is another medication that is sometimes used to boost the immune system; it's called alpha-interferon.
With skittles I have to but the meds in the food because she tries to get away to fast. I do not want to destroy the love she gives me.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by abbycats
This poor little guy came to me from the breeder with a "cold". He has been a regular at the vets office ever since. He gets so plugged up in the nose you can hear him breathing across the room. He is currently taking L-Lysine, and antihistamines(the vet thinks its allergies). This little guy blows nasty boogers sometimes. Last week it was his eye, it looked like he blew a vessel in his eye from sneezing. We went to the vet on emergency visit, and got drops for his eye. Yesterday I bought a cool air vaporizer for him, I will try that next.

I feel so badly for this little cat. He is only 14 months old, and is constantly fighting this snotty nose...

Does anyone have any other suggestions I can do for him...
My 9 year old has this problem. Lysine has helped; he's been on it for about a month or two.
To clear up the horrible sneezing and to lessen the snot, it has taken 3 or 4 courses of antibiotics, and I'm sure that's not the end of it. It has been a major chore trying to get Teddy to breathe again. Have you tried antibiotics? I hesitate because of resistance issues down the road, but it's probably the only thing that has helped us out so far.
post #6 of 14
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Frankie is on antibiotics off and on all the time.... This is so frustrating! He is resting right now with the cool air vaporizer in the same room. I am 3 weeks into the L-Lysine. Poor little guy thinks I am the mean lady for alwways having to medicate him!! This seems like it's going to be a problem all of his life. I am just trying to get it so it is manageable. I know the antibiotics are not good for him, but they are the only think thats helping him right now. I will ask about the interferon. That is my next step!
post #7 of 14
Rocky has this problem. It's bad b/c of the fact that you feel bad for him, also b/c you never know when boogies will fly! To alleviate the stuffyness you can try putting him in the bathroom w/ the door closed and the shower on hot. What I have also found to be helpful is to take a nasal aspirator and for lack of better term, squeegee his nose whenever I see boogies. He usually sneezes and they fly away. If I don't do this they dry in there and he has more trouble breathing. He puts up with this b/c I think he knows it helps, and I have been doing it since he was about 6 months old. My vet did suggest some benadryl at night, but he hated the taste of the liquid, but he does take his lysine, and the vet also suggested flax seed oil to help with the inflammation in his lungs. He has had several rounds of antibiotics, none of which have helped a bit, but I would definitely try that as well.
post #8 of 14
Thats very interesting, When We got Jackson from the SPCA we were told that there is a VERY common "Cold" in cats called URI (Upper respiratory Infection) Have you talked to the vet about this?
post #9 of 14
Jackson is currently on the same thing as frankie L-Lysine which I was told is used to build his immune system, so far I have not noticed any change, Jackson also sneezes alot, I took him to the vet he also said it was a cold and put him on an antibiotic called clavamox which made him ill, now I do not have him on anything and he continue's to sneeze (Not as bad) I wonder if it stress because we have only had him for 2 weeks, or if he also has allergies...is there anyway that u have heard of to test for allergies? Iam sorry to hear about Frankie, pls continue to let me know how his progression is!
Jayme&Jackson
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
Rocky has this problem. It's bad b/c of the fact that you feel bad for him, also b/c you never know when boogies will fly!
I have had him blow big boogies on me... ewww. One landed on my forehead!!! LOL

I find them on the walls, and baseboards...
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by abbycats
I have had him blow big boogies on me... ewww. One landed on my forehead!!! LOL

I find them on the walls, and baseboards...
Welcome to the world of a cat with a cold. It is like snot city.
post #12 of 14
Okay, well I know this is sorta off topic, but I have a few suggestions on cleaning them up. First try to clean them ASAP. I have tried using a steamer on them to get them up, but it also caused the paint to peel in my old apt!! Chipping off the dried ones on the walls seemed to help the most. I use the nose aspirator on Rocky partially b/c this way I at least now where he is sneeze and can clean it!
I myself have gone to work with dried boogies in my hair (he got me while I was sleeping and I didn't notice) and on my shoes! It has also happened to my husband. Its nice to know I'm not the only person with this problem.
post #13 of 14
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No your not the only one who has big boogies flying everywhere. If I had big boogies like frankie does,I would be at the doctor too!! It's amazing the size of the things coming out of a little nose.. This is just awful..It is like he has a permanant cold. The vet is probably putting his children through the university with all the visits he gets from us! None of my other cats have this problem. It is so frustrating!

Thank you for the advice on how to get the boogies off the wall! That would have been my next post!
post #14 of 14
Tell me about it, Rocky goes to the vet for his coughing about every two months. I was practically jumping up and down last visit b/c she only charged me 25 bucks for the steriod shot- it usually runs abouts 40-60 bucks each visit. I wish I could solve his nose problem- cleaning it daily seems to be the only a temporary fix.
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