OT - I have sick cats-allergies, colds, eye infections?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by EllenComstock, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Everyone:

    I know there are quite a few people here who have cats and I am hoping you can help me.

    I have three cats and since Thanksgiving, I have had at least one of them sick all the time. Their eyes start running and they often sneeze. We've been to the vets numerous times and he says they have eye infections. So we've been putting drops in their eyes twice a day. The last time, the vet gave us three separate vials of drops thinking that maybe we were re-infecting the cats since they were sharing one vial. I've even washed my hands between giving each cat eye drops.

    The last time we contacted the vet, he said it is probably an allergic reaction to something in our house. If that's not it, then he suggested we take them to a specialist. I didn't know there were specialists for animals and we can't afford to keep spending money like this (although my cats are like my kids, our finances are tighter these days).

    My husband and I have racked our brains trying to think of anything new we've brought into the house since Thanksgiving that's irritating to our cats. They are not all affected the same amount. Right now my oldest cat is miserable-looks like she has a bad head cold-sneezing, runny eyes, no energy, runny nose. My other two cats are still receiving eye drops, but look like they are pretty much well again (although we've had this before, and they suddenly got sick again).

    Sorry this is so long. The only thing we could think of, is that since the cold weather, we've started letting our cats into our garage (with the door closed) to give them another place to play. We also let them out in our screened porch, but we've been doing this for years.

    Could maybe salt on the floor, gas, oil, etc. be making them sick? Maybe fumes in the garage? I don't use many cleaning products as I'm sensitive to odors and perfumes and haven't used anything new. Also, we haven't had any new furniture or carpet for years. No painting, either.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


    P.S. I won't be back on here again until tomorrow.
  2. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    I'm with Stormyskye ... there may be something in the garage you aren't aware of that is irritating the cats .. perhaps even the porch ..
    I would try going over the house again and keeping them just in there .. sometimes we never find out what makes them sick .. that happened to my older cat one weekend last fall .. she was just recovering from the weekend illness when I got her into the vet Monday ..
    I'll never know what made her sick .. but it is very frightening .. so I can understand your distress.
    Good Luck !
    Fudge : )
  3. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    I don't really have any helpful advice....but as a cat lover I know how you feel.

    Stormy and Fudge had great advice! I will remember about the garlic, Fudge!

    I am extra protective of my cat. I don't even let her out of the house. My vet said that a cat is perfectly happy inside...if they have a sunny window spot of their own...and alot of one on one time with the master.

    I know that it is harder when you have more than one....when they get sick. It is like children...possibly passing it back and forth. But, maybe keeping them inside and treating them will work!

    Good luck with it and let us know!
  4. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

    I had a group of feral cat/kittens that had reoccuring viral
    (herpe)infection that gave them watery eyes and nose. I
    gave them 50mg of lysine (ammino acid) for grown cats and
    25 mg for small kittens. I used a saline dropper and
    mixed golden seal (herb) with saline and upped their
    nutrition and the longterm virus finally died off.

    No harm in trying this. A herpe infection lies dormant
    in a cat's body and will reappear when under stress, defenses
    are down etc. It sounds like your cats have cat "colds" and
    are reinfecting each other. I cant' believe they all have
    allergies. Cat's colds can last for months. Good supportive
    home health care is key.
    Are they eating and drinking well?

  5. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

    Just a note here, some cats are sensitive to wheat and corn
    and other grains in food. Tryng a "Human Grade" Cat Food is
    helpful. Real meat.
  6. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    The cats must have a URI. In cats, upper respiratory infection is the equivelent of us having a bad flu, the type that lingers on and on. They have 2 stages to this illness, the 1st is the coldlike symptoms and they are the easy part, a nd the 2nd stage is the bugger for the cat to throw off.

    I used to nurse sick kitties from the animal shelter in my home. The batch of 5 kittens were the longest to treat for this condition and had recurring eye infections too. The runt in particular had the most lingering symptoms. I kept getting perscriptions too, but the eye inf. kept returning in the weaker ones.

    What I did to get them healthy was not vet advice, I GAVE THEM YOGURT TO EAT. Just a tiny amount every 2nd day, maybe a quarter tsp. They loved it, and their coats got all shiny and lost that dull, dirty look a sick cat gets, their eyes cleared too. The runt took the longest though.

    btw: yogurt helps because it's like giving them a probiotic, it gets their gut healthier and give the body a boost that way. But yogurt, though lower in friendly bacteria, has immune enhancing properties that a prob. doesn't and that really gives them (or us) an extra edge.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/14/2006]
  7. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

    A healthy gut is important to ward off infections. The
    acidophilus in yogurt is an immune enhancer. I have used
    this in sick cats and it helps a lot when the vet just
    seems to push more drugs when they are not getting well.
  8. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member





  9. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    Personally I wouldn't give any supplements unless the vet told me to. The only exception would be a bit of cat vitamins in the tube, but even that I haven't had to use for Biscuit.

    I know you all mean well... My cat means too much for me to take any sort of chance on hurting her.

    Just my 2 cents...

  10. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

  11. samjenkin

    samjenkin New Member

    Hi Ellen

    This sounds very like cat 'flu which is highly contagious and which, once a cat has it, can cause complications such as recurrent eye infections, allergies and ear mites. It can also recur when animals are run down. Although very serious in kittens, it is a less serious illness in most adult cats who do not have compromised immune systems. However, it is worth getting the illness resolved soon as repeated eye infections can lead to eye ulcers and all sorts of nastier side-effects.

    I am surprised your vet hasn't tested for this already. I have two cats who contracted the disease as kittens from thier Mom and they were very ill. They have survived well but have food allergies and the occasional recurrence of illness.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with it.


  12. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Wow-I was surprised to get on here this morning and see so many replies. Everyone has lots of ideas and experiences with sick cats, unfortunately.

    Thanks for not saying anything nasty to me about letting my cats into the garage. I feel like kicking myself. We only just started doing this when the weather got cold. We keep our garage pretty clean, but you are right, there are still things that could hurt them. Plus, we bring in salt and other things in on our tires.

    We don't let our cats lose outside, except in the back yard on a leash when I am out with them so I don't think they could have picked up something from a neighbor's cat.

    Two of my cats like yogurt. I don't give it to them every day, though. And, no, we haven't just had our carpets cleaned (I do that in warm weather when the windows can be open) and we don't have any live plants.

    I have decided to print out all these replies and take them home and sort them out with my husband. We both appreciate all your helpful suggestions!

    Chelsea is a little better this morning. Her nose has stopped running, but it is still plugged up. Her eyes aren't running like they were either. Raymond and Albert look good this morning. We've kept them out of the garage for a few days now so maybe that's the answer to getting and keeping them well.

    I'll keep you updated!

  13. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    also can be fatal for cats to have onion or garlic and many essential oils. Saw that three cats had died after raindrop therapy not long ago.

    Also dogs are very susceptable to such things. I used high quality essential oil on advice of nuropathic vet on my dog and she was terribly ill and almost died.

    my brother used to give his dogs stew and such that of course had garlic and onoins in and they both eventually died of malabsorbtion due to this.

    Love Anne C

    Did find a new cat food that I love, has many healthy things, low phosperous etc called Royal Canin. Not expensive either. I hope I can say the brand I am sorry if I broke the rules saying the brand, hope not.
  14. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Dear Ellen,
    I'm so sorry your fur babies are sick. Here is something that could be doing it:

    I read that clumping litter, especially clay based litter, is very bad for cats. Some kittens have even died from it.,

    What happens is that they inhale the dust and it coats their intestines, preventing the absorption of nutrients, and their lungs, frequently causing allergic responses.

    Why don't you tryo one of the natural litters for a while, like a pine based one or some other? There is even one made of extruded newspaper. These are a lttle more expensive than regular litter, and you wold probably hve togo to a pet store for them, but they're worth it.

    If your cats are infoor/outdoor, then they could be picking up allergens from many sources.

    Right now, my dogs have runny eyes. They are allergic to whatever is "blowing in the wind".

    Good luck. I hope your kitties are well soon.
  15. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    For the additional replies. I always knew that chocolate was dangerous to give to cats, but never knew that garlic was. It's funny that something like garlic that is so good for us, is deadly for cats.

    As for the cat litter, it's the same kind I've been using for years. It is a clumping litter, but there is almost no dust with it and it is easier for me to maintain their box. Since I've been using the same kind for so long, I don't think that is probably the problem. But thanks for the input.

    Also, I have to buy special low phosophorous cat food from the vet as Albert got a urinary tract blockage a couple of years ago and almost died. I thought he was constipated and took him to the vet. Since I can't keep their food dishes separate from one another, they all eat the special food from the vet. It's more expensive, but what else can I do?

    I've had cats all my life and have never had so many health problems with my pets before.


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