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Foster Kitten with URI

February 6th, 2011, 04:43 PM
I just got a new foster kitten and he just completed a round of antibiotics (amoxicillin I believe) He still sounds congested but it almost seems like he can't quite pass the last of the mucus.

I am not sure if this means that the infection is still there or if it is just the afteraffects. Obviously if this continues I will take him to the vet in a day or two but in the meantime does anyone have anything that helps pass some of the mucus.

He seems good other than that (eating, drinking & playing) and quite a bit of energy.

Thanks for your help!

February 6th, 2011, 08:21 PM
Antibiotics are completely useless against most URIs, which are caused by viruses, not bacteria. They may be useful in treating secondary infections, but do nothing to treat the source of the problem.

A better idea would be to pick up some L-lysine from a health food store and mix about 250mg twice a day into some wet food. Feeding a good quality, meat-based canned or raw diet will also help keep the kitten's immune system in fighting form. Ditch all kibble if you haven't already.

If nose congestion is an issue, hang out with the kitten in the bathroom for 10-15 minutes while the shower is running on hot. The steam will help loosen plugged up nostrils.

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