I have a healthy, 10-month-old domestic shorthair cat that eats well, has a shiny coat, and is active. He has no fever, but sneezes repeatedly. In the morning, when he sneezes, there is yellow mucus. His left eye drains, but otherwise looks normal. I had our vet examine him three times. The first time, he was given an antibiotic injection with Clavamox at home and Terramycin eye ointment for eye drainage. The next two visits, he received Clavamox and Terramycin again. After each course of Clavamox, he improved, but the sneezing and eye drainage returned. I have had cats for 45 years and never had this problem with any of them. I currently have two older cats who have not caught this from him. He was born in a friend's yard and stayed with his mom for eight weeks. Since traditional methods have not been effective, what herbal products would you recommend?
K.L., Virginia Beach, Va Jan 10, 2010
Your cat's malady is common in the feline population today. Some experts believe the condition is symptomatic of an impaired immune system that could be caused by adverse vaccination reactions or any number of household chemicals, especially artificial scents in cleaning products, laundry detergents and even cat litter. Get rid of these as best you can, and check my Web site for various treatment regimens aimed at subduing the inflammatory response. Treatment with steroids would subdue the latter, but further impair the immune system. Many cats show improvement with fish-oil supplements, mild herbal inhalants (www.aromadog.com) and transitioning onto a natural, even raw food diet. For details, go to www.fnes.org.
Because of Dr. Fox’s schedule, he cannot accept nor respond to e-mails concerning
pet health and behavioral problems. You may find answers in his
Archives section and in his
Special Reports. If you have a
pet emergency, please contact your nearest veterinary hospital or clinic.