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small sneezes five or six times in a row?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
hey everyone!

my siamese mix, thing 1 (i have both thing 1 and thing 2, named after the characters in the dr. seuss book!) started sneezing last nite in a very peculiar way. he sneezes five or six times in a row, very small sneezes, very quickly. last nite he was rubbing his nose when he did this, like it itched or burned? he's not doing it too frequently... every half hour or so... also, one of his eyes was very watery yesterday and today his eyes look a little glassy (y'know how they get that look when they just don't feel good...)...

so i'm wondering, is it allergies? is it a cold?

my boyfriend recently got two kittens, when he first adopted them they were getting over colds, and they did stay at my house one nite. could my cat have gotten an infection from the kitties?
i also recently got feliway and set it up in my house--could thing 1 be having a bad reaction to it?

thing 2 seems to be doing fine, no watery eyes or sneezes or anything!

does this sound like something that'd be worth a vet visit?

any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks a ton!
post #2 of 14
Any odd behaviour - especially health wise - is always worth a trip to the vets.
post #3 of 14
If your kit doesn't seem to be feeling well, then yes... it's worth a vet visit.
If it's nothing then the cost should be minimal, but the rewards of putting your mind at ease priceless.

If there is a health problem then you will be glad you got her there quickly.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
argh, yah, i DEFINITELY made the wrong decision not calling the vet today! i'm going to be sooo worried all weekend... it really couldn't have hurt, right?

so he's sneezing still and his eyes keep going funny... its almost like they lose focus or something? there's a wierd underpart of his eye that you can see, it doesn't look like goo or puss but just like a white flap underneath his eyeball? but his eye isn't watering anymore...



*sigh*

do sick cats seem to enjoy being held, or do they want their space? he seems very lethargic, i'm just not sure if i should be giving him lots of attention or letting him have his space... he's usually a very social/affectionate cat!

<3
post #5 of 14
It sounds as though his third eyelid is showing which is usually a sign your kitty is sick. If he is also lethargic, he may be very sick indeed.

If it were my kitty, we would be on our way to an emergency vet right this minute.

Please take him to an emergency vet ASAP.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
ookay, so i've been doing a lot of reading/research online...

could the white thing that i'm seeing on the lower part of his eye be his third eyelid, just half closed? it almost looked like an eyelid! could that be right?

thanks for all your help!

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post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
oops, looks like i posted at the exact same time as you, yosemite...

thanks for the advice!
i agree that this might warrant an emergency vet, but i thought i was just overreacting...

now that someone else agrees with me, i'm TOTALLY gonna give an emergency vet a call....

<3
post #8 of 14
Make sure you update us!
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by superkali
oops, looks like i posted at the exact same time as you, yosemite...

thanks for the advice!
i agree that this might warrant an emergency vet, but i thought i was just overreacting...

now that someone else agrees with me, i'm TOTALLY gonna give an emergency vet a call....

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Good luck and let us know how it goes.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
alright... so the 24 hour vet said it wasn't necessary to bring him in, but they could definitely make him more comfortable.

the frustrating thing is i'm quite sick myself right now, and not in any position to drive to the emergency vet quite a ways away tonite.

i explained my situation to the vet, and she said that he would be fine through the nite, and it'd be okay to wait until tomorrow to take him in (when his normal vet would probably be able to see him and my boyfriend could drive us all).


i feel like such an awful pet owner though, to know that he's not feeling well and i just can't help him! i think i might call the vet back and ask if there's anything i can do to make him more comfortable tonite...

<3
post #11 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by superkali
i think i might call the vet back and ask if there's anything i can do to make him more comfortable tonite...
I would definately do that.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks so much for your help everyone!

so last nite i just made him comfortable and left him alone, he just seemed to want to curl up and sleep.

today, he is sneezing MUCH less, moving around MUCH more, and his eyes are looking better (his third eyelid is no longer showing)...

what i'm wondering now, is everything i've read says that it is probably an infection that needs antibiotics? should i take him to the vet still, even though the sneezing is almost gone and he seems to be doing better?


sorry for asking so many questions! thing 1 and thing 2 are my first pets, and i tend to be quite the worrier/overreactor when it comes to them.

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post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
okee, UPDATE!

i decided to take him to the vet, and i'm VERY glad i did! he has an upper respiratory infection and an eye infection... the poor guy! they gave me cream for his eye and medicine to feed him through a dropper.

i just gave him his first dose of the medicine! he did NOT enjoy that one bit, any advice on the easiest way to hold him still and give him the drops without hurting him? he struggles quite a bit...

hopefully he's feeling better soon!

<3
post #14 of 14
I find the easiest way to give any animal medication is to make it taste good. I find a lot of cats quite enjoy the taste of petromalt, a hairball remedy. I usually have some around and it's a very thick paste so you you can mix it with liquid medications in a small bowl or saucer and the cats will slurp it right up. Any liquid nutritional suppliment you cat likes will work well. Just make sure it's okay to take the medication with food and you'll be fine.

I find Vet's are quite similar to your regular doctors and prescribe antibiotics for everything. They know it probably won't help, but you expect something when you go in so you get something. In your case, you kitten does have a secondary eye infection but the sneezing is probably viral and on it's own doesn't warrant antibiotics.

URI's are a major affliction among cats and are quite common in kittens or cats that have recently been in close quarters with a number of cats. Unless there are signs of a secondary infection like an eye infection, yellow or green mucas, depression, lethargy, or lack of appitite, it's best to ask your vet if antibiotics are really necessary. The problem with drug resistant infections caused by antibiotic over perscription is not limited to humans.
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