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What are Mucus?

The respiratory system’s most important function is delivering oxygen to the blood and removing carbon dioxide. However, at times, the mucus in a cat’s respiratory tract becomes too thick to allow a proper amount of oxygen to pass through the nose or mouth, causing the oxygen levels in the blood to become dangerously low. When oxygen levels become too low in the blood, veterinarians use the term anoxia or hypoxia to describe the condition. A cat in the state of hypoxia will begin showing symptoms of respiratory distress, increasing the rate of breathing to compensate for the mucus obstruction and low oxygen levels. The feline will soon fall seriously ill from the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and develop conditions of respiratory disease.

Respiratory diseases are common in felines of all ages, but the very old and very young are at higher risk for contraction. Weak immune systems at the start of a kitten’s life and the inability to filter the respiratory system, makes this group of felines more vulnerable to contamination of disease organisms found in the air. 

The respiratory system of the cat consists of the trachea, right and left bronchi, the bronchioles found within the lungs, and the alveoli. When the feline breathes in air through the nose or mouth, it passes through each part of the respiratory system, down into the lungs to exchange oxygen in the blood. The air a cat breathes is filled with large particles of dust, dirt, and pollen that can damage the respiratory system, so the respiratory system has a filtration system to protect itself. Mucus is the thick, clear material that lines the entire respiratory system. Airborne particles land on the mucus, or mucous lining, within the nasal passageways. The large particles caught by the mucosal lining are carried down to the throat where the cat either coughs them up or swallows them. Any swallowed particles caught in the mucus lining will be destroyed by the feline’s immune system. 

Symptoms of Mucus in Cats

Mucus is clear in a healthy cat, but a cat with respiratory disease will have brown, reddish, green, or yellow mucus coming from the nose. The excessive mucus will stuff up the nasal passageway in one or both nostrils, making it difficult for the cat to breathe or smell. As the sense of smell is depleted, a cat may lose its appetite and refuse to eat, eventually losing weight. Mucus in cats may also cause symptoms including:

  • Noisy breathing 
  • Painful breath
  • Shallow breathing 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Labored breathing
  • Rapid breath
  • Wet or dry cough
  • Nasal discharge

The feline increases her rate of breath and strains to breathe in an attempt to restore its core oxygen levels. The change in breath causes the spleen to contract, releasing more red blood cells into circulation to carry oxygen, but without oxygen to carry the body responds negatively. The heart rate increases, pushing more blood to grab oxygen and move to the brain. The lack of oxygen causes the brain to depress nerve stimulations and the vital organs including the liver, kidneys, intestine and heart slow activity. 

Causes of Mucus in Cats

Mucus related respiratory disease in cats is often caused by inhalation of a toxic substance, allergens that cause an immune-mediated reaction, parasites, or a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. Cats that live in shelters, boarding facilities, and pet shops are at a greater risk of developing a mucus condition due to the fact that they are housed in close quarters with several felines. Likewise, if a cat lives in unsanitary conditions or in a tobacco smoke-filled home, the body will react by producing more mucus to filter the toxins. A full list of the causes of mucus in cats include: 

  • Birth abnormalities (cleft palate, narrowed nostrils or trachea)
  • Trauma (such as hit-by-car) 
  • Stress 
  • Overcrowded boarding/shelter facilities
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Chronic nasal disease
  • Nasopharyngeal polyps
  • Tumors
  • Smoke or airborne toxins
  • Viral infections (calicivirus, Feline immunodeficiency virus, Rhinotracheitis virus)
  • Bacterial infections (Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis
  • Fungal infections
  • Parasite infections (lungworms, heartworms) 

Diagnosis of Mucus in Cats

An overview of your cat’s medical history and a physical examination are the first steps in the diagnosis of mucus in cats. Your veterinarian may use a scope to view the airways, throat, and nose to determine if the mucus accumulation is a problem of the upper or lower respiratory system. Make sure to share symptoms you have noticed your cat displaying at home, such as coughing, wheezing or heavy breathing, as these symptoms can give the veterinarian clues to the condition at hand. Diagnostic tests that your vet may complete next include: 

  • A nasal or mouth swab to identify a bacterial, viral or fungal infection.
  • Blood tests to identify infection and organ function 
  • Blood gas analysis to determine carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood 
  • Pulse oximetry to determine pulse rate
  • Chest x-rays to identify low respiratory conditions 
  • Echocardiograph to evaluate the state of the heart
  • Biopsy of tissues to identify a tumor if present

Treatment of Mucus in Cats

If your cat is experiencing great breathing difficulties, the veterinarian may place her in an oxygenated chamber or place an oxygen mask. Your veterinarian may then administer or prescribe medications to thin and reduce the amount of mucus in the feline’s respiratory tract. If the veterinarian believes the cat can cough up the mucus, a cough medicine or expectorant, may be prescribed. However, if the feline’s airways are too narrow or obstructed for a productive cough, a bronchodilator, such as a steroid, may be prescribed. Antibiotics are prescribed to patients who have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection and diuretics are often given to patients who have accumulated fluid on the lungs. 

Recovery of Mucus in Cats

Recovery and management of mucus in cats depends on the underlying condition that your cat has contracted. You can aid your cat’s recovery by listening to your veterinarian and administering all medications as directed. In most cases, your cat should have access to fluids 24/7 and her area for recovery should be clean, including the air she breathes.

Mucus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

milo
short hair
18 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat has asthma, and every week he has buildup of mucus in his throat (he never has mucus in his nose), Could be good for him to nebulize with saline solution? every other day to remove or reduce buildup of mucus in his throat. Does nebulization could has side effects? which?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many times, keeping your cat in a room with a humidifier can help loosen mucus and helps to alleviate symptoms, some people take a hot shower with their cat in the room. Saline nebulisation may help but there is debate about any value added, but I would highly recommend you discuss this with your Veterinarian regarding Milo’s case before you try anything and recommend you try the humidifier first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobby
American Bobtail
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

yellow mucus

Hey🤗 can u pls help? My cat hasn't been eating and I opened his mouth enough to see that at the back of his throat there is yellow mucus, or goop that is built up.He is getting skinnier by the day because he hasn't been eating. His eyes aren't yellow and I don't see anything wrong with his teeth. Thx and pls help, he is super old but I want him to live the rest of his life happy and healthy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly sounds like Bobby may have an infection, but without personally examining him I cannot prescribe any prescription medications; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and treatment. Also given his age, I would recommend having a blood test done just to check blood counts, liver and kidney function which may flag up someone before it becomes an issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mila
Persian mix
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

raspy meow
Mucous

Two nights ago I noticed my cat's meow was raspy, as if she lost her voice. Today I noticed clear mucus in her food bowl and still a raspy meow. She is otherwise acting normal and still trying her best to vocalize.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mila may be having a viral problem, bacterial infection or fungal disease. Since the signs that you are noticing are new, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at her, assess her breathing and her voice, and determine what might be going on and any treatment that she might need. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Oran
DOMESTIC
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Wheezing
Coughing

For a few months oran has been coughing and bringing up hairballs but now has just been coughing. The coughing has turned into wheezing and now the wheezing is turning into a kind of phlemy wheeze. What could this be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Oran may have asthma, a bacterial or fungal infection, or a growth of some kind in her lungs. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible to have an examination, x-rays if necessary, and get treatment for her before this becomes a more emergent problem. I hope that she is okay.

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Charlie
short hair
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breaths Faster At Rest
Twitch
Hacking
phlegm
Coughing

Medication Used

Methimazole 5 mg

I recently adopted a senior cat name Charlie. His owner had passed away and her sons needed a loving family for him and we were happy to take him. It's been about 2 months or so now and just recently hes been hacking up, occasionally throwing up dry food and other times its foamy white phlegm. I dont know too much about his health except the fact he is about 10 years old and has a thyroid condition he is on daily medication for. He takes that without issues. He seems to also have a twitch too. His breathing also seems different. Quick short breaths. Is it age? Could it be his meds? Change of food? Still adapting to new surroundings?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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With your description of his cough and change in breathing, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian. Older cats are prone to inflammatory condition, asthma, and tumors. The changes that you are noticing may be related to his new environment, but with breathing issues it is always better to be safe than sorry. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Thumbs
Polydactyl Tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
mucus
Labored breathing

One of my cats started to drool stringy drool (kinda like the dog in the movie "Turner and Hooch" this morning. Although it is not opaique, it is clear with bubbles. He has always had breathing issues, just not this bad.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if the drool that Thumbs is doing is related to breathing issues, or dental disease, but he should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to have an examination and determine what the cause of the drooling might be. Your veterinarian will be able to give you an idea as to what might be going on, and recommend any treatment that he might need.

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Nikki
Black cat
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

happens about 1 day out of

Cat has had 4 bouts in 2 weeks of (probably not mucus, but I haven't been able to find anything on the net) a bright, sticky, white creamy substance on her hind-quarters. If it get's smeared it looks like white paint, otherwise it's hard to remove from her fur, and the longer it is there and dries, the harder it is to remove. She has bad smelling gas when this happens, but the material itself does not seem to have an odor. Many times it is in small balls about the size of a BB stuck to her fur, and she is in pain when I try to look at it or take a picture. I hope you can give me some idea of what this is. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The white substance may be from the discharge of an abscess, picked up from something in the environment or another cause; without examining Nikki I cannot say what the specific cause is but would urge you to visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible to determine the cause and to get treatment. Sometimes an abscess fistula will release content to the skin and cause similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meemo
Maine Coon
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

stuffy nose
Running Nose
Sneezing

My cat has been making this loud uncomfortable noise random times of the day. It sounds like he’s trying to get up a hair ball and trying to breathe at the same time. After about 30 seconds, he’s fine. Nothing ever comes up. Now he has a stuffy nose, sometimes runny and sneezing. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Meemo may have some thick mucus which he is having difficulty moving; this may be due to infection, allergies, foreign object, chemical irritation, masses among other causes. Try to keep Meemo in a humid environment and wipe away any mucus with a warm damp towel. You should also visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause so that treatment may be prescribed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Shorthair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wet Cough

For the last couple days my cat has been almost violently sneezing with mucus coming out of his nose. He has dried boogers on his nose and his breathing sounds wet. Other than that hes normal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for mucus including infections, allergies, parasites, foreign objects, polyp and other irritation; if the mucus is yellow or just not clear it could be indicative of an infection which would need the attention of your Veterinarian. If the mucus is clear it may be due to allergies, you could try 5mg per day of cetirizine and placing Peaches in a humid environment to see if that loosens anything. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Victor
Maine Coon
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excess mucus
Lethargy
Lathargic
Watery eyes

I have been to the vet 6 times since December and they cannot help me help my cat. His eyes started to produce extra mucus and now it is starting to discolor his eye and continues to puss. It started in the inner corner of his right eye, and it looks like it is beginning to effect his behavior as well as his vision in his right eye. I’ve done the eye drops that were prescribed, two different sets, we did medication for feline herpes and still no change. I cannot afford to keep dropped $100 each time I take him in for NO HELP/change. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to determine a specific cause without examining Victor and checking the mucus; at this point if antibiotic eye drops haven’t worked I would suggest having a culture and sensitivity test done to determine if there is an infection and which antibiotic the infection is susceptible to. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tiger
torty
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

my little 14 year old cat Tiger died. I dont have anyone to talk to. I am beyond heartbroken. Its been 4 days. I took her in for snotty nose after esophagus tube dressing needed changing. It was her best day ever and she was feisty. My Vet decided to sedate her as not stress her too much.He said a chunk of snot must have broken loose and she went into arrest..I was not there. I just hope that the sedation also made her death easy. I didn't realize I could be so sad! I tried so hard to help her only to let her down when she was getting so much better. I just needed to express this to someone. I dont have anyone to talk to. I just hope she didn't suffer. I know there is nothing I can do about it. Im sure my Vet feels terrible, I could tell when he called me. you do you think she suffered much? I do not want to go into my vets building because I just cant bear it...I'm sorry for not having much of a question I am just terribly sad....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal it feel sad at the loss of a loved one and it is important to get those feelings out, The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement have an online chat bereavement service which is linked below if you need some help or support through this traumatic time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://aplb.org/chat/chat_petloss.html

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Ghontu
house cat
3 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mucus excreation

I had two 3 week old kitten. Yesterday the more playful one died suddenly after dosing off. The one still alive is excreating whitish mucus instead of poop. What's the reason behind this?? And what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what is causing this problem with your kittens, but kittens are commonly affected by parasites, and infectious disease, as well as congenital defects. It would be best to have the remaining kitten examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine Ghontu and administer any deworming treatments or other medications that may be needed. I hope that he is okay.

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Tiger
Torti
14 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

sneezing mucus watery eye
sneezing mucus
Sneezing

My Torty cat Tiger is 13-14 yrs. going on three month with snotty nose initially improved wit shot of antibiotics. Came back with a vengeance. Switched vets got a esophageal tube implanted so that I could feed her, she wouldn't eat because she couldn't smell her food. ketoconazole , Enrofloxacin,and currently Clavamox (amoxicillin trihydrate/clavulanate potassium) are the antibiotics. the last , Clavamox is administered 1 cc twice in 24 hr period. Also Itrafungol, 3 cc daily for past two months. Mucus has been severe. clear to yellow.... lately, past two days it seems like she is sneezing more. shaking her head seems to dislodge more of a clear mucus. It used to be that I needed to wipe her nose to literally break away mucus plugs from nasil openings. I have been diligent with her meds, I also add 1000 mg fish oil with high quality Hills pate. Lots of nutrients. She has always "cycled" from good to worse to good again. I am optimistic that she is VERY slowly getting better. I also have a humidifier 24/7. I hate the thought of her losing ground again ! She almost seems like she smells her food again, however does not yet eat on her own. Its been three months now. have we missed anything? Could you pls recommend something that I may present to my vet? I don't want this feeding tube in her much longer. She seems comfortable and happy. I just want to get her over this last hump, and want her eating on her own. I love caring for her, but I just want opinions on what else may be done to help her. She was a great mouser! haha! I just want to do my very best for her in her retirement years! Any Suggestions? I think I've pretty much covered everything that we have done thus far. Thanks!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I hope that you are able to get Tiger over this! One thing that you haven't mentioned is an appetite stimulant. Mirtazapine is one that you can talk about with your veterinarian, and can be given every 2-3 days to help get her back on track. I hope that helps a little with everything else that you are doing.

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rufus
tabby
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

My cat sounds like he has phlegm in his throat or nose when he's breathing. I gave him a bath today with a waterless, foam shampoo. I followed the instructions as they were written but am worried that is what may be causing his breathing trouble because I have never heard him breathe like this before. It looks like he has tried coughing it up with no success. Other than this his behavior is normal. Should I wait to see if he improves or take him to the vet immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rufus may be having a small reaction to the waterless shampoo or something else; if he isn’t struggling to breathe you should keep an eye on him for the time being. If Rufus is struggling to breathe or have any other concerns you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Violet
Unknown
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing or Wheezing, and mucus

Our cat has been having sporadic "wheezing fits" - which we thought were wheezing, but just today I watched closely and noticed that he coughed up a wad of clear (or maybe a little cloudy white) mucus then stopped. So maybe he's not "wheezing" as much as "coughing?" He seems to be doing this a few times a day, and seems fine in between. He is a domestic short hair, indoor cat, about 13-14 years old. This has been going on for a few weeks now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for what you are seeing which may include infections, allergies, irritation among other causes; without examining Violet I cannot tell if there are any anomalies and cannot listen to the respiratory tract. I would keep an eye on Violet for the time being but if there is no improvement or symptoms get worse you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Just got him yesterday do no name yet, lol
Gray
2 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

We rescued an approximately 2 month old kitten who seems otherwise fine but every once in a while will almost sound like he’s trying to “clear his throat”? Or cough up a hairball? Today he did it and threw up a small amount of what looked like mucus. His nose is also wet. Like I said, 90% of the day he’s fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be just clearing the throat, there may be a stray hair or something else causing some irritation; monitor him for the time being and visit your Veterinarian anyway for a general health check and to speak about vaccinations and neutering etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thx Dr. I forgot to mention in my post that his nose/mouth area have a bad smell too.

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Mark
Tabby Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Green mucus
Crust around nose and eyes
Loud Breathing

Medication Used

Tobramycin ophthalmic solution USP

My cat is 2 years old and has always had brown/Black crust in his nose ever since I got him when he was 6 months old. I took him to the vet when he was 8 months for it and the gave me eye drops for him. I used them as proscribed but it’s over a year later and it still is a problem. We’ve gotten used to just cleaning his nose every morning so he can breathe but this morning there was green mucus as well. This is new should we be concerned? Also I still have some of the eye drops left and on really bad days I give them to him to flush out his passages. He’s a happy cat with a good appetite the only thing it’s effected is that he sneezes sometimes and breathes loudly

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some cats are chronically affected by viral diseases, and Mark may be one of those cats. He may have a polyp or growth that you cannot see, and x-rays may be a good idea if at some point he is having problems breathing, but if you need to clean his nose every day, that may be what he needs for now. If you are noticing that the discharge is more mucus, he may need antibiotics for that, and it would be worth a trip to your veterinarian when you notice that it is mucus-like in consistency.

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Happy
tabby
3 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

mucus buildup nose
Wheezing
Pink eyes

Hi. I found a 1-2 week old kitten in the middle of the road.He has crusted eyes and black mucus build up around his nose. I wiped it out already but the mucus around his nose starts to build up again. He also has a sound like an engine is running in his nose , he kinda create this motor sound. He's with me for 2 weeks now and he seems very playful, drinks milk, poop and pee regularly. I am just concert with the buildup around his nose and the "motor/engine" sound he creates when breathing

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for mucus build up including allergies, infections, irritation, foreign objects and tumours; without an examination I cannot give you much guidance but given his age it would be best to have a Veterinarian check him over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hazel
tabby
8 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

Help! I adopted a kitten 5 mos ago (she is about 8 mos old). She started sneezing the day after we brought her home. Didn't think much of it and told our vet when we went to have her checked out and get her shots. Her congestion became worse so we took her back to the vet and he put her on some antibiotics. We gave her the meds and no change. Only got worse. Went back to the vet and got another type of antibiotic and gave her the meds ad no change. The vet told us some cats just have this problem (I've NEVER heard of this but evidently it's a thing). The snot continues to get worse. She is sneezing all over the place and has labored breathing on her bad days. However, she eats well and has gained weight as expected. Seems healthy otherwise. It's just the snotty nose! The snot has gotten so bad that my house is disgusting from her sneezing her snot all over the place. Globs of snot all over my floor, baseboards, windows where she looks out, etc. Don't mean to sound dramatic but it is becoming too much to clean up after. I need to get this fixed! Took her to our vet again and he said the could do a clean out of her nasal cavity and exploratory procedure. It is not in our budget to spend anther $700 for this so need some advice on what this could possibly be. I literally am now going to scrape snot off my door wall where she likes to look out the window...and sneeze...all day long.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for sneezing and nasal discharge which may include infections, parasites, allergies (especially when symptoms present in a new environment), foreign objects, dental disorders (too young) among other causes; without examining Hazel it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the sneezing is, but if it started the day after you brought her home I would be looking into environmental allergens. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puff
Mixed breeds
8 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

Our cat is about 8-9 months old and is an outdoors cat. He has been sneezing frequently for several months and has trouble breathing due to nose clogged with mucus which has turned bloody. Recently his eyes have started watering as well. We brought him to the vet, who gave him a shot which only helped for around a week. We have also gave him drops for his nose which didn't work either. Just recently he spread it to one of our other cats who has the same symptoms. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should return to your Veterinarian for another course of treatment and to get a culture and sensitivity test done if this is spreading to other cat(s); there isn’t anything I can recommend that you can do at home to treat this as most likely another course of treatment is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

Medication Used

allery tabs, Itrafungol, Enrofloxac

Ok, My Cat has a condition which is stumping my vet, she has an esophageal feeding tube, for 6 weeks now since she quit eating much because she cannot smell it. I have gotten the dried up mucus out of her nostrils at times and she can breath a bit easier at times. I have knoticed an improvent on some days then it gets worse and it is a rollor coaster ride. I have upwards of $2000.00 so far into her treatment(s) I can and will not give up on her because she was a great mouser and a great companion. (haha!) seriously, I love my 14 year old cat, and want this condition to go away! fungal meds and antibiotics seem to just keep it from getting much worse, I am an engineer and I seem to think that a small suction with a solution to loosen up the mucus would give her relief? the reason I say this is because whenever my Vet uses suction , they get an awful lot of mucus out and she breathes a lot easier. I realize that this is a symptom and we need to get to the cause, but I hate seeing her sneeze so much and have to keep this feeding tube in her I see this as something that shouldn't be so difficult, I am not saying this to disparage minimize put the efforts of my vet! he is wonderful! this apparently is not a fungal condition?? it is not a bacterial condition either because she has been on two different antibacterials thus far, the current one is Enrofloxacin, one daily, the antifungal is Itrafungol 3 cc daily. occasionally I will give her 2 mg Chlorpheniramine maleate,over the counter allergy med. Although my cat is 14, she is otherwise very healthy, I can see her living another 5-6 years providing this condition does not shorten her life! I do not think she is suffering, it would be like having a stuffy nose as a human I suppose, but we know better than not to eat when we cant smell our food!This is my fourth question here, I do love my Vet and I trust that he says these things can at times be months before they clear up? are there any specialists in this field, is this just something that is not researched much?The x rays show just white mucus throughout her sinus system, It is not bloody, it is mostly clear then it goes light yellow or very light green. She sneezes at times then shakes her head sometimes flinging mucus, then she appears better for awhile. I try to clear her ocular drip and clean her nose three or four times a day, needless to say it annoys her,she is very gentle but I do not want to condition her to hate this so much! I prase her a lot but she is getting a bit more difficult. I don't want to be an internet vet! I do not want to be that annoying patient advocate that comes up with ideas to annoy my vet! I've been dealing with this going on 3 months now the very first round of antibiotic cleared the condition up for two weeks then returned with a vengeance, probably a secondary condition caused by the first? I really want to do what is best for my cat, I don't want to drill holes in her head to clear the passages out unless something like that actually works!I definitely do not want to put her down because she eventually probably not eat adequate to prevent liver issues, she is a probably healthier than most 14 yr old female short hair tabby. After i inject food into her feeding tube she seems to sneeze a lot but then is ok, I have her well hydrated and am feeding her adequate for her 10 lb weight. Is there anything I should try? I love my Vet very much, I would love to work with him, but do not want to suggest too much, that would probably annoy him! pls, any suggestions or help would really be appreciated. It doesn't appear to be cancer it doesn't seem to be deforming the bone or reshaping or anything of that nature on the x rays. is there a type of eye drops or something to be able to use as sort of a solvent to get the mucus out of there? I know I sound silly but ???? Thanks a lot!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there has already been improvement after the use of antibiotics, it is possible that it is still a bacterial infection (given the colour) just not a garden variety infection; at this point I would recommend a sample for culture and sensitivity to determine whether there is a resistant infection and which antibiotic to would be susceptible to. Manual extraction of mucus would give Tiger some relief but a humid environment (using a humidifier or placing Tiger in the bathroom when you take a hot shower) may help loosen the mucus present. If you are looking for a Specialist, you can search Internal Medicine Specialists on the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://find.vetspecialists.com/

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Tiger
tabby
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Medication Used

anti fungal

Its been almost three months since my 14 year old Tabby has had a stuffy nose with sneezing fits and watery left eye and loud breathing. It's been very bad but now is apx 70% better. We decided to put an esophagus tube in since she has not eaten, her sense of smell has diminished. She seems to be getting some back though, and sniffs her food. I keep her favorite treats out to encourage her to feed on her own. The feeding tube has been in for 5 weeks or so. I have been advised by my excellent Vet Dr.Mitchell Luce to remove the tube after 5-7 days of her feeding by herself. I keep her well fed feeding her the quantity required by her weight and age. I'm not sure how to best wean her from tube feeding? Obviously I do not want to stop too soon, but I am eager to see her take food on her own? Is there an appetite stimulator or a particular method to try, if so how do I recognize the right time to attempt getting her to self feed without depriving her nutritional needs? She seems to actually like feeding time through the tube! kind of funny in a way, but if she is never hungry I feel that she won't try? Thanks, any suggestions will be appreciated!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a very valid question. I'm not sure what sort of schedule you are on with her feeding, but it would make sense to skip a feeding or two, and let her go 6-12 hours without a feeding to see if she decides that she is hungry. There is an appetite stimulant called Mirtazapine that may help with her situation, but you will need to check with Dr. Luce to make sure that is is appropriate for her health status. I hope that she does well!

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momel
Burmese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

green mucus coming out from nosenbo
green mucus coming out from nose

Weve given shots of antibiotics yet its condition is still the same.he gasps to breathe and does vacuum noises all the time. He also gulps a lot (mucus probably)r

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Momel has a severe infection which would take some time to clear up and may require additional doses of antibiotics, a course of oral antibiotics may be useful. There isn’t much else that I can advise, a culture and sensitivity test may help if there is no improvement so a more suitable antibiotic can be found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
tabby
14 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Its been two months since my Tabby has had excessive mucus which has caused sneezing coughing mouth breathing, being lethargic. She gave up on eating and became dehydrated. After Three days I became very concerned and took her in to her Vet, I should have taken her in sooner! So far she has had two different types of anti bacterial medications, and two or three types of anti fungal medications. I at times also give her 2mg of Chlorpheniramine when I notice she has excessive mucus which has been quite a roller coaster ride. My Vet and I decided that a Tube into her esophagus was necessary to avert liver problems since she refused to eat on her own.Enrofloxacin 22.7 once a day and 3cc Itrafungol daily now for 5 weeks seemed to have had a positive result so far. I would say that her level of getting over this is about 75% improvement. My concern is the feeding tube in her , (which is only a small tube in the side of her neck) how long is too long to have this tube? I don't want to extract or remove it too soon either? My Vet seems confident that two months is perfectly ok, I do trust his expertise, he is very respected in my community. I am seeking any second opinion only because more brains the better. I will surly be appreciative of any input here along with any suggestions, I am fortunate to have financial means to treat my beloved little tabby, I'm excited that so far things are looking good for her. I will pass on your good will by donating as an anonymous donor for someone in need of helping their Pet. I do this because of people like you caring enough to give advice for peoples' pets. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not uncommon in chronic or severe cases for a feeding tube to be in place for weeks or even months, with proper management there should be no other issues; obviously you need to make sure that it doesn’t move or have any other problems. Ideally we like to leave a tube in place until a cat can eat and drink by themselves for at least seven or ten days before removing it (we need to be sure). It is good to read that Tiger has made a 75% improvement and hope that the other 25% comes soon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
tabby
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

sneezing mucus ocular discharge
sneezing mucus
Sneezing

My 14 yr old otherwise healthy Tabby has snot issues,loud breathing, sneezing fits,open mouth breathing has improved, not so much like before. she has esophagus tube , small incision so that she eats, she can't smell so she wont eat otherwise. Its been three weeks, humidifier 24/7...anti fungal..and two different types of antibiotics, has improved but i'm afraid to remove feeding tube yet.. i've had her since she was 4 weeks old, she is otherwise extremely healthy , great teeth, all her shots, spayed, happy, are there any suggestions? her vet is fantastic! I don't want to do anything that lowers or affects her quality of life, however I do want to help her overcome this. I am fortunate that I can afford to treat her, what can I do? I know its silly but I Love my Cat very much, Guys aren't supposed to get so attached I suppose, but any suggestions would greatly be appreciated, or suggestions to my very very nice vet who is somewhat perplexed also... Thank you very much for any advice...we have been trying for about a month and a half!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like your Veterinarian has already covered many bases and have given treatment which has made an improvement in Tiger’s condition; without examining Tiger I can only speak generally but if two antibiotics have been tried already, I would recommend having a culture and sensitivity test done to determine if there is a more suitable antibiotic. Also, rhinoscopy may be useful to look for any foreign objects, masses or other issues in the nasal cavity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Medication Used

Itrafungol

My 14 yr old cat 9.5 lbs healthy otherwise has a very runny nose also ocular discharge..I have a feeding tube in her throat so she gets nutrition..Im worried that she wont eat on her own. I love my Vet, it's been three weeks treated with antifungal 3cc daily little improvement, my Vet says that it can be a slow process to get over this, any suggestions? I'll $ donate for someone in need for their pet for some input here?! Thanks A lot!! I have humidifier and keep her warm and comfortable

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I wish that I could help more, but I am not sure exactly what is wrong with Tiger than caused her to need a feeding tube? If she has nasal discharge that your veteirnarian thinks is fungal in nature, it should be improving after 3 weeks. If things are not improving, it might be best to seek further diagnostics, an ultrasound, or endoscopy. I hope that helps - again, it is difficult to comment when I'm not sure what is going on with her.

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Meek
mixed
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Sneezing

My cat has been sneezing and has yellowish mucus. This has been going on for months. I previously took her to our vet and she was given lysine and an antiobiotic and breathing treatment, which seemed to help but after a few weeks it came back. I thought it might be allergies but its not going away and it seems to be getting worse. The cats ears seem to be bothering her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Meek may have a bacterial infection, or allergies, a viral infection, or an anatomic abnormality that is causing these signs. Because it doesn't seem to be improving, and if her ears are also bothering her, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at her, determine what might be going on, and give her appropriate medications. I hope that she does well.

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Pandora
tabby
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

I got a cat from the shelter 3 daus ago and she is coughing and sneezing.
I
T says in her papereork that she has an infection and was given antibiotics. How long before she gets better?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Kittens can be affected by many different types of infections. Without knowing what her signs are, what medications she is on, or what she was diagnosed with, I can't comment on her recovery. It would be best to contact the shelter, and ask what the expected time to recovery might be.

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Frankie
Siamese
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mucus sneezing coughing

My cat sounds like he has mucus in his throat thathe is unable to cough up. Sometimes he has sneezing fits and snot comes out (light yellowish) and sometimes noisy breathing. The rest of the day he sounds normal. I first talked to my vet last April about it,along with his bad breath, and he suggested dental cleaning. I finally took him back in September for the cleaning and 2 tooth extractions. Prior to the surgery they didn't Jane am answer to his mucus problem but put him on antibiotic, which didn't help. RecWe use a humidifier constantly already. Recently he has been worse and he sounds like he has a lung full of mucus. Is certrizine completely safe for cats? I would like to try because I have it at home. I am almost ready to give another vet a call and take him in because he has been coughing so much. (And then acting as if he is swallowing a large amount of mucus). Moneyis right so I'm reluctant to take him in,again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cetirizine is safe for use in cats at a dose of 5mg per day (maximum - not 5mg/lb); this may help in some cases of mucus in the nasal cavity or in the throat. A humidifier can be beneficial as well, but keeping Frankie in the bathroom with you when you take a hot steamy shower may be more beneficial. I would give the cetirizine a go for a few days to see if there is any improvement but if Frankie is struggling to breathe you should visit a Veterinarian immediately; if money is tight, try to search a charity clinic or nonprofit that may be able to help you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tecolote
Scottish Fold
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat gets sneezing attacks from time to time, it stops when he managed to get out of his nose a green booger. I give him in regular bases COMPLIVIT but it seems not to work. He eats, plays all as normal, doesn’t seem to be sick.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats do sometimes get upper respiratory infections, and if he is having green discharge, he may need some antibiotics. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with him and get appropriate medications if needed. I hope that all goes well for Tecolote.

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Grizzly
domestic short hair
21 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

congestion

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat has asthma and is on a steroid for it long term, but I’ve noticed he’s been very congested for several weeks now, where I can actually hear him breathing and how stuffed up he is. How can I help my cat with his congestion at home without having to take him back to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining him, I can't recommend any medications for him, but sometimes a more humid environment helps, especially in the winter when it is drier in the environment. Getting a humidifier, or having him sit with you in the bathroom while you run hot shower water may help. If he seems to be having a hard time breathing, he should be seen by his veterinarian. I hope that he does well.

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Mickey
Domesticated long haired cat
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mucus cough

Medication Used

None as of yet

Hello, my cat, Mickey, is 9 months old and there has been no change of circumstances since we first got him. We’ve just recently discovered that he has ringworm - of which was caught from another family members animal and is being sorted out, - a couple days after we gave him his treatment bath, we noticed that he has developed a mucusy (for lack of a better term) cough, he still acts like his regular loving self, hyper as ever - but the main thing that is concerning us is how horrible it sounds.

He has never had the cough before until now and, as I said, no circumstances have changed. What do you think could be the issue?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ringworm can sometimes be a sign of a decreased immune system, and if he is having a challenge, he may have developed a respiratory problem. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to assess the cough and make sure that more isn't happening with him. If he hasn't been tested for Feline Leukemia, it might be a good idea, as that disease can suppress the immune system and requires some life changes. I hope that he is okay.

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Yeti
mix orange tabby
18 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Medication Used

antibiotic
Zoetis Vmp Cat Paste
coughing syrup
cold syrup

Hello, my cat is coughing especially after running or drink water, sometimes when he wake up, since almost 3 months. We went to Veterinary 2 months ago, he did not made any test and said it looks like he get cold, and gave us a cold syrup, we use it but he did not recovered. Then Veterinary start to antibiotic vaccine for 5 days, he did not recovered again. Then Veterinary decided to make a blood test, but it was clean and no anomalies, so Veterinary said he is not having a big problem. Veterinary gave us cough syrup but he is still coughing. I don't know what should i do, i changed his litter with silicone but nothing changed. I also have 2 budgies in house. We don't smoke. He is perfectly normal when he is not coughing. Thank you...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Yeti may need an x-ray to determine the cause of his coughing. He should have a recheck with your veterinarian, let them know that the treatments that they have prescribed have not resolved the problem as that may help direct them to possible causes, and let them know that you would like to pursue further diagnostics to find the cause of the problem. If Yeti isn't on heart worm prevention, that can be a cause for a chronic cough, or parasites, or masses in the chest. X-rays will help to narrow down the list and find a treatment.

I think that the above comment is uncalled for, Vets are some of the best people i've had the pleasure to work with. Vets would have not chosen this profession if all they cared about was money. The education required is substantial, and could have chosen something different that pays more. I never question my Vets charges because I realize the "freebies" which they often give go unappreciated many times, and people seem to think that these services should be cheap?! We should all give or donate to Vets for the empathy and kindness and devotion for animals and their people companions if we can, pls people be kind and understanding to your Vet! Being a Vet is not easy, It is expensive for the education, why in the world would one ask for a refund, for an honest mistake or wrong diagnosis? expressing your concerns is one thing, but to call somebody "dumb" is mean spirited.

Didn’t the dum so called vet refund any of your money for misdiagnosed ? I’m sure not he probably totally ignored it they ignore anything you have to say so you can keep coming back$$$$$$ like we all have thousands to give the vets who could really care less about our pets there mainly in it for the mone. I had to take my cat to 4 different vets before I got the right diagnosis which I looked up on line and told them each what I thought it was and yes the last vet confirmed it and she is on steroids daily for 8 weeks she seems like a new cat Her diagnosis was fast. Int. Inflammation Well best wishes be care with those vets$$$$$

Thank you for your interest. Yesterday we went to Veterinary again and he took X-ray. Veterinary said her lungs full of fluid. He said he will put Yeti into the intensive care unit, and Yeti will be ok i hope.

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Sophie
Calico
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mucus
Sneezing
Coughing

Medication Used

Unsure, a needle in thw neck
Unsure, a needle in the neck

My cat is very sick I took her to the vet and they gave her a needle about 2 1/2 weeks ago and she said it should have started to clear up by no but it's getting worse, snot running down her nose, coughing mucus up and coughing very badly.!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an accumulation of mucus; this may be attributable to allergies, infection, parasites, nasal tumours, foreign objects among other causes. I would try to give cetirizine at 5mg per day and place Sophie in the bathroom whilst you take a shower to try and get the mucus loose so she can bring it up. If there is an infection, it would need to be treated with antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I know that money can be an issue, I save money every month specifically for my pet (s). My advice is to have at least $500.00 in an account for starters, before even considering getting a pet, I saved over $3000.00 before my Cat finally needed it, its very gratifying that I was able to afford the right care for the pet I love so much. I have increased funding to savings account since my Cat is now 14...I will only treat my Cat if her quality of life is good, we cannot be foolish about their care. Quality of life is everything! Just a bit of advise which has worked beautifully for me, I will soon donate to my favorite Vet to help a pet in need because I have a bit of surplus! If we all do this, maybe we can pass it on!

My cat has been dealing with mucus running out of his nose and eyes for a while now.
Im very concerned but cant really afford to take him to a vet.
Any good home remedies?

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Mooch
dsh
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 14lb neutered male cat, Mooch, has been having almost daily coughing/hacking fits since August when I moved to a new house. He's had to transition from being an indoor/outdoor cat to solely indoor, using a litter box. His fits range from occasional to multiple times a day.

It started out just as occasional hacking, which didn't seem to bother him, so it didn't bother me, i just kept an eye on him. However, I had his vet come examine him in September when he seemed to be hacking a lot more than usual - waking him from sleep, his dry food getting stuck after eating, etc. The vet listened to Mooch's lungs, said they were clear - listened to his throat, and found a lot of mucus in it. He said it's most likely allergy or sinus related, not infection, but prescribed antiobiotic just in case.

He put him on 10 days of clavamox and also prescribed prednisolone. While adminstering these meds to Mooch, his hacking did lessen, but did not go away.

It's been a little over 3 weeks or so since finishing his antibiotic and tapering off of prednisolone, and he's back to hacking multiple times a day with sleep interruptions and dry food getting caught in the mucus, etc.

Since he saw the vet, I switched his cat litter to dust free, just in case the dust was irritating him. But i dont think that's helped. He acts normal otherwise. He eats, drinks and eliminates normally. There's no nasal or lung congestion, it's still just all in the poor guy's throat.

Is there anything else I can do for him or give him to at least lessen that phlegm in his throat? I plan on having his vet check him over again, but wanted to get your opinion/suggestions also. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A change in environment may cause various problems with a cat which may be due to allergies, other irritation, mold among other issues; problems may be with the cat litter (but you changes already), the building itself (mold, building materials etc…), nearby establishments (factories, restaurants etc…) as well as cleaning products, detergents, food (the list can go on). I would try to give some cetirizine at a dose of 5mg per day to see if that helps in case it is some type of allergy; other than that I would try to compare your old home with the new and think of differences which may be causing an issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scooter
European Shorthair
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

withdrawn
Heavy Breathing
short of breath

Medication Used

Bisolvon
Metacam

My cat has runny mucus in his lungs. Our vet provided a liquid for his food that acts as an antiinflamatory, and powder to draw the mucus out. Originally it was do bad he was breathing loud and fast constantly. 2 weeks later he is a bit better, breathing isn't loud but his breaths are still short and sharp. It doesn't seem to be getting any better now. What else can I do? The vet says he has no fever and everything else in the xray was fine, just the mucus in the lungs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mucus in the lower respiratory tract can be difficult to treat especially if an underlying cause isn’t determined; you should speak with your Veterinarian about the use of an expectorant to see if that can help bring up the mucus apart from the Bisolvon (bromhexine hydrochloride) since this is no longer effective and should be only given for around seven days. Keeping Scooter in a warm humid environment may help loosen the mucus as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for the advice. After a further visit the vet now thinks there is a heart murmur additional to the mucus, caused by lack of oxygen due to the breathing difficulty. He is now on 3 tablets per day to aid the heart, breathing and mucus. The next 7 days are critical so we're all trying to think positively.

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Tuxedo
Mixed black and white
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi. I have a 12 year old cat who for at least the past 3 years has had a lot of yellow nasal discharge that only sometimes has an odor. He had an badly rotten tooth that had developed an infection up under the tooth the vet pulled at that time. The vet informed me that even after the tooth being pulled and put on antibiotics there was a likely hood the mucus problem would stay. Have had him on antibiotics several times and after he finishes taking them the problem comes back. His appetite and behavior has been unaffected by it. Is there anything I could change in his diet that would help? Or anything I can give him?
Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Recurring infections may be caused by a few other issues including allergies, dental issues among other causes; if there is an improvement with antibiotics it may be worth having a culture and sensitivity test done to see if a more suitable antibiotic may get rid of the mucus. However, in some cases the mucus is chronic and all you can do to help with the drainage by humidifying the air which may help to loosen the mucus to let it drain easier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snow
Persian
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi my 2years old female Persian Cat has mucus problem every half an hour she is coughing and while eating sometimes she is spitting food particlas with mucus.I have 2 more cats.Do I have to isolate her from others.Is it due to viral infection. Will it affect other cats.This is the only problem with her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for mucus in cats, some are infectious and others aren’t; common causes for mucus are allergies, other irritation, foreign objects, infections, tumours among other causes. Without examining Snow it is difficult to say what the cause is: if the mucus which comes up/out is yellow, white or green it may be due to an infection, however if the mucus is clear is may be due to other causes. If your other two cats are strong and healthy they shouldn’t pick up a garden variety infection from Snow, but it would be wise to visit your Veterinarian tomorrow for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Tuxedo
6 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Breathing Difficulty
Secondary eye lids showing
Sneezing

Boy 6 month old cat has green mucus coming out from nose and has a hard time breathing/sneezing
He came from a barn as well!
We are going to the vet on Tuesday but he keeps sneezing and seems like he can’t breath. What at home remedies I can give him to give some comfort till then?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The best course of action in these cases is to try and place Duke in a warm humid environment (like the bathroom when you take a shower) to try and loosen the mucus so it will drain; other than that keep Duke hydrated and comfortable. With your description, it sounds like an infection and would require a course of antibiotics; but in the meantime, just try to loosen that mucus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much! We also bought a Vick’s humidifier as well
Appreciate it!!

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Isis
Siamese
10 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi Dr Turner, my 10 year old Siamese cat Isis has all the symptoms of difficult breathing, catarrh, a sore eye etc and has been like this all her life, even though I keep taking her to the vet every year to ask for help. They just basically ignore this and move onto the fact that she is a little overweight and then give her the annual injections for cat flu, leukemia etc. I see you recommend Cetirizine 5mg a day. Would this be right for Isis too?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cetirizine (5mg per day) is for allergies and may help if the root cause of the mucus accumulation is due to an allergen; it isn’t a cure all but it is something which you can try at home. Mucus and breathing difficulties may be caused by a variety of different causes including allergies, chemical irritants, infections, parasites, tumours, foreign objects, dental disorders among other causes. Sometimes using a humidifier in the room where Isis spends most of her time or keeping her in the bathroom whilst you take a shower can help loosen up anything in her nose. But if there is no success, a visit to a Veterinarian (yours or another) should be done to look for underlying causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mittens
tabby
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

My female cat has been breathing loudly and every so often she has been looking like she is about to throw up but she doesn’t she just kinda gags a bit with her mouth open and eyes shut. I think she is having mucus problems. Please give me some advice on how to help her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mucus may be caused by various causes including infections, allergies, environmental contaminants among other causes; it would be best to first try placing Mittens in the bathroom with you when you take a shower so that the warm humid air loosens her mucus. You can also try to give cetirizine at 5mg per day to see if that helps in case of allergy; otherwise you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Earl
Domestic Long hair.
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Our cat has an extreme mucus problem. He constantly
sneezes with mucus coming out usually in large amounts. His breathing is loud. We have been giving him allergy medicines from over the counter. What can be done for him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for excessive mucus which may include allergies, infections, parasites, tumours, chemical irritants (think cleaning products etc…), foreign objects, dental disorders (affecting the nasal cavity) among other causes. It is difficult to say what the specific cause is, but an examination and possibly a rhinoscopy examination may shed some light on the problem as it is important to determine the underlying condition and to treat it than to treat the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Berkinstock
tabby
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eyes leaking
Strained breathing
mucus

I got a kitten a little while ago he was a barn kitten and he’s got a large mucus build up you can hear it in his breathing really bad he was leaking from his eyes at first but I got that to go away by cleaning his eyes he was from a barn cat he eats well and plays with the other cats

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Berkinstock is having some noisy breathing due to mucus you should try to keep him in the bathroom with you when you take a shower to try and loosen the mucus with the warm humid air. If the cause is due to allergies, cetirizine may help (5mg per day) but I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian given Berkinstock’s young age and make sure that he is vaccinated etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joseph
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My cat seems like he can't breathe. He started sneezing about a week ago. He still eats and drinks, but due to his nose being stuffed up, he seems to be starting to lose interest in eating. He just recently threw up...within the hour. He's now gagging every few minutes due to the phlegm gagging him. A few days ago he sneezed and his mucus was a brownish reddish color.
Right now he's curled up on a fluffy blanket, trying to get some relief.
My issues is, I can't afford to take him to the vet until the day after tomorrow. I'm just looking for honest opinions, advice, and recommendations on helping him out until I get paid.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of mucus including allergies, infections, tumours, mites, foreign bodies etc… Putting Joseph in a humid environment (like in the bathroom when you take a shower) may help to loosen the mucus and allow him to breathe; due to the various possible causes for mucus you should visit your Veterinarian once you are paid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cloud
American Shorthair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

my cat cloud has uad a cold for the past few days but yeaterday and today i noticed she wasnt eating pr drinking when i went to check her she has a thick mucus in her mouth preventing her from drinking water how do i clear the mucus so she can drink water and eat

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The issue is just not a case of clearing the mucus but knowing what is causing the mucus, if you clear the mucus it may just return again after a few hours; respiratory tract disorders, chemical irritation, dehydration among other issues may cause thick mucus. I would try to get her into a warm humid environment like a bathroom with a shower on which should help to loosen any mucus; but I would suggest a visit to your Veterinarian as Cloud may not have been eating for a while. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mulan
Siamese
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 14 yr old cat Mulan has pancreatis and has been on prednisone since May of this year, a tablet everything other day and has been doing well. The last couple of days she is eating very little which could be due to a thick nasal mucus in her mouth. Do you have any suggestions that may help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mucus in the nasal cavity may be loosened by humidifying the air with a humidifier which should allow the mucus to clear and drain easier. Mucus is normally secondary to another condition, so it may be worth checking in with your Veterinarian to see if there is an underlying cause for the mucus which may be managed or treated to provide relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr Turner for responding back to me. I will follow up with my vet. She ate a little bit this morning which was encouraging

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Tyler
Orange Domestic Shorthair
19 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello, My cat, Tyler, is 19. He seems to have trouble swallowing. His breathing is very noisy. To me, it seems like he has a lot of phlegm in his throat. The vet did 2 x-rays of Tyler's throat and said she couldn't see anything abnormal. She gave him a shot of steroids which did nothing noticeable throat wise. Then tried nose drops which Tyler refused. Then Claritin which made his throat sound worse. We are not looking to do any invasive tests as he is 19 and has thyroid and kidney issues. I am looking for something to get rid of the phlegm or at least reduce it. Any insight or suggestions will be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from trying something like Claritin (loratadine), there isn’t much else that I would recommend for a cat Tyler’s age without having further tests being done; there are different causes for mucus/phlegm accumulation and I don’t think treating in the dark is going to be good for him. I would suggest trying to loosen the mucus/phlegm by getting a humidifier and putting it in the room he spends most time or by letting him in the bathroom whilst someone is taking a warm shower to help to see if the heat and the humidity loosen it up a little. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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