Q. Sneezing, fever

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claudiaandbrandt
Sat, Jul 8, 2023

My cat has been sneezing for a few days, and today has been really warm with a fever
What are causes & treatment?


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Sneezing in cats can be caused by various factors, including viral or bacterial infections, allergies, foreign objects in the nasal passages, or even dental issues. In your cat's case, the sneezing has been ongoing for a few days, and she now has a fever. This combination of symptoms could indicate an upper respiratory infection (URI), which is commonly caused by viral infections such as feline herpesvirus or calicivirus.

URI in cats often presents with sneezing, nasal discharge, coughing, fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. It is highly contagious and can spread easily among cats, especially in multi-cat households or environments with high cat populations. While URI can sometimes resolve on its own with supportive care, it is important to monitor your cat closely and seek veterinary attention if her condition worsens or if she develops additional concerning symptoms.

At home, you can provide a warm and quiet environment for your cat to rest and recover. Ensure she has access to fresh water and a balanced diet to support her immune system. You can also use a humidifier or place your cat in a steamy bathroom to help alleviate any congestion. However, it is crucial to avoid any over-the-counter medications without veterinary guidance, as they can be harmful to cats.

If your cat's symptoms persist or worsen, or if she develops any of the following additional symptoms, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care:

1. Difficulty breathing: Rapid or labored breathing, open-mouth breathing, or wheezing.
2. Severe lethargy: Your cat is unusually weak, unresponsive, or unable to stand.
3. Loss of appetite: Refusing to eat or drink for more than 24 hours.
4. Dehydration: Sunken eyes, dry gums, or skin that does not bounce back when gently pulled.
5. Eye or nasal discharge: Thick, yellow or green discharge from the eyes or nose.
6. Coughing: Persistent or severe coughing.
7. Any other concerning symptoms that worry you.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.