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Cat Constantly Sneezing, NOT contagious

September 25th, 2006, 09:36 PM
Hello. I have a 2 1/2 year old male cat who has had a sneezing problem since he was around 4 months. When i got him i took him and his sister to the vet and they both had colds the vet said.. His sister got better but he didnt so a couple weeks later we went back to the vet and said it could be allergies... we've changed our soap, detergent, even moved to another house (not becuz of that lol ) but nothing has helped and its been 2 years now. Weve took him to the vet once more and they cant figure anything wrong with him. Its constant sneezing with thick discharge that comes out although somedays its a lot better then others. Its not contagious because we have other cats and none of them have any symptoms. Also i dont know if this has anythign to do with him but the past 6 months hes had a personality change.. he used to be the sweetest cat and now hes totally unpredictable and hes turning on all the other cats. He gets very stiff when you pick him up and spazzes out about everything. Anybody have any idea?? anything is appreciated thanks

September 25th, 2006, 09:56 PM
The fact that he is unwell is probably making him irritable. Have they ever tried to culture the mucus? I think you have to push further with this, maybe find a veterinary school that would be willing to treat him.
What is he eating?

September 25th, 2006, 10:05 PM
well ive been to the vet so many times and they never have an answer so i didnt feel like throwing more money away to go and have them tell me the same thing again and they wont accept payment plans. how would i go about finding a veterinary school? no they havent done that.. they just gave us wipes for his nose and antibiodics which helped but then it came right back. Weve tried different foods with him but now he has purina indoor formula and occasionally some fancy feast can food

September 25th, 2006, 11:01 PM
Something simple to change is the food, and will cost you less than another vet visit. Hit the food forum here for some ideas, though I have 2 dogs, I know changing their food at one point (from mid-quality to high) made a difference in everything. You can start your own tests on him by looking at the ingredient list of the foods you're currently feeding him, then go to your local pet store or look on the web, and find a good quality food without those ingredients. See how he does and then go from there. There are a ton of cat folks here on this board that could give you tons of advice regarding food, so hang in there, I know it's tough to have a beloved furry that is having rough times (been there done that with one of my dogs), but there are things you can do to work through it from your end, which will in turn help a vet or a teaching hospital help you and your kitty :) Good luck, please keep us posted on how you fare :pawprint:

September 25th, 2006, 11:23 PM
One great food to look at is Felidae, by Canidae..
The ingredients are great. :)

Here are a couple of others to look at:
Innova Cat (
Innova Evo Cat (
Nature's Variety Cat ( 2)

And if you want to try an elimination diet to rule out allergies, then maybe this one would be good to try:
DVP Natural Balance Venison and Green Pea (

Good luck. Good food is a great place to start with these unknown chronic things. Diet can affect everything. :shrug:

September 25th, 2006, 11:51 PM
I would really consider a change in food. A good quality food means less vet bills. The above foods that Prin listed are all good ones to feed. I would feed both dry and wet. Please keep us posted. :cat:

September 26th, 2006, 12:15 AM
When you have taken him to the vets,what tests have they done on him?

You say he has changed in the past 6 months.And he stiffens up when you pick him up.That tells me that something definately is wrong with him.I would get a second opinion.

And I have to agree with badger.I think they should do a culture on the mucus from his nose.

Also,what type of litter are you using?

Maybe you can try a holistic dry.That what my cats are on.

September 26th, 2006, 03:46 AM
I'm sorry you have had such bad luck with your vet. Everyone here has shelled out big bucks at one time or another, only to reach a dead end. And some vets are smarter than others, it must be said.

The fact that antibiotics give your cat only temporary relief, plus the mucus production, suggests either asthma or herpes virus. Were either of these mentioned? Asthma is not contagious but herpes can be transmitted, although with great difficulty.

I know nothing about asthma but I do have a cat who has semi-annual outbreaks of herpes in one eye. I treat it with L-Lysine over several weeks. Sometimes he needs antibiotics for secondary infections but not always.

Here's some information on both herpes and asthma:

Interestingly, one letter mentions arthritic symptoms as well, although the vet seems to think they are not related. I only mention this because your post says that the cat is stiff and bad-tempered.

Please do one thing. Go to the health food store and buy some L-Lysine, 500 mg dosage, if possible capsules that can be opened rather than tablets you have to crush. Give him 500 mgs mixed into canned food twice a day, and see if it makes any difference. He has to get it twice a day without fail, so that the levels in his system are maintained (as with antibiotics). Improvement will not be instant, it could take up to a month. Herpes is incurable. The L-Lysine interferes with the replication of the virus, allowing the body's own defenses to kick in. It is not expensive.

Personally, I would give him a round of antibiotics, get him as healthy as possible, and then start the L-Lysine. Then it's a question of watching to see if the sneezing and mucous return and with what intensity. If you see an improvement, I would keep him on the Lysine for several weeks.

The other thing you can do is feed him a better quality food. Any of the dry food available at the grocery store is crap. I've known cats that have thrived on the cheapest brands but with a compromised immune system, your cat should be eating better. The better brands available at pet supply stores are not cheap, but they eat less so it more or less balances out.

I know you care about your cat or you wouldn't have posted. Please don't give up on him just yet.