Does my cat have a cold?

by Joy
(Highland Park, IL)

My 15 year old cat seems to have a really bad cold. She is wheezing and every so often she starts snorting and a lot of mucus drips out of her nose. This has been going on for over a week now and I'm really concerned. She is eating well, grooming herself pretty well and is, as always, sweet and affectionate and loves to be petted. Can I do anything to help her? I just can't afford a vet visit. Thanks so much.


Dear Joy,

If the discharge from your cat's nose is yellow or green, or is anything other than clear, your cat may have an infection and need antibiotics for treatment. Especially considering your cat's age, she really does need to be seen by a veterinarian for an exam and treatment.

If finances are a concern, I would recommend looking into a program called Care Credit, which provides low or no interest payment plans for medical and veterinary expenses. I would also call around to veterinarians in the area to see if any are willing to work out a payment plan for you or to examine your kitty at a reduced fee. And, in times like this, asking a friend or family member for help is worth doing as well, if you can.

In order for your cats health and illness symptoms to improve, your kitty will need to be seen by a veterinarian, ideally as soon as possible.

All the best,
Dr. Neely

Return to Cat Upper Respiratory Infection.





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