Tue, Nov 28, 2023

we recently got a new kitten who has a cold and I think she spread the cold to milo but milo is doing worse than our kitten, it sounds like he tries to meow but he can’t or it’s all raspy, he’s not as energetic or playful as usual, possible diarrhea, not eating as much as usual.

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These infections are often caused by viruses such as feline herpesvirus or feline calicivirus, and sometimes bacteria can also be involved. The fact that you have a new kitten with a cold suggests that the infection could have been transmitted to Milo, as URIs are highly contagious among cats.

The raspy or absent meow, decreased energy and playfulness, possible diarrhea, and reduced appetite are all signs that Milo is feeling unwell. It's important to monitor his condition closely because while many URIs can be mild, some can lead to more serious complications, especially if a secondary bacterial infection develops.

At home, you can do several things to help Milo feel more comfortable and support his recovery:

1. Ensure he stays hydrated. Offer fresh water and encourage drinking. If he's not interested in his water bowl, you can try giving him water with a syringe or offering wet food to increase his fluid intake.

2. Maintain good nutrition. If he's not eating his usual food, try offering more palatable options such as canned food or a little bit of tuna or chicken to stimulate his appetite.

3. Gently clean any nasal or eye discharge with a warm, damp cloth to help him breathe and see more comfortably.

4. Use a humidifier or take Milo into the bathroom while running a hot shower to create a steamy environment, which can help loosen mucus and ease congestion.

There are certain symptoms that would warrant an immediate visit to the veterinarian. These include:

- Persistent lack of appetite for more than 24 hours.
- Severe lethargy or unresponsiveness.
- Difficulty breathing or open-mouth breathing.
- Profuse or bloody diarrhea.
- Signs of dehydration, such as sunken eyes, dry gums, or skin that doesn't snap back when pinched.

It's important to keep an eye on Milo's condition and be ready to seek veterinary care if his symptoms worsen or if he shows any of the above signs.

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