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Cat cold

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 28 March 2007 12:57PM | viewed 4814 times
Q Lexie asks:

After a visit to the vet over a week ago for an ear infection, my cat has a cold. She had cat flu a few yrs. ago & the vet said that if she gets stressed, these flu symptoms may re-occur. She is sneezing & has a runny nose, but she is still eating & goes outside etc. Do I need to take her to the vet for treatment, or will the cold run its course, therefore avoiding further stress by not taking her to the vets ?

Q Our vet says: I think it would be wise to take her back to the vets again really. She may need treatment for the runny nose etc especially if she has a bacterial infection. I know that it can be very stressful for cats going to the vets; try to keep her as calm and quiet as possible and perhaps use a Feliway spray in her basket (on the bedding before she gets in it) to help keep her relaxed. During travel keep her basket covered up so she feels she is hiding and when she gets to the waiting room keep her basket on your knees so she is away from the floor. Stay as far away from dogs as possible and don't let people put their face close to the basket to take a look at her (she will feel trapped and vulnerable). You could perhaps ask for an appointment when it is likely to be quiet at the practice to further minimize her stress.

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