Q. This cute little cat I found has wheezing heavy breathing and buildup around its eyes. It still eats and drinks fine and is lovable though.
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. She is possibly affected by upper respiratory infection, which in cats usually starts as a viral infection, followed by a bacterial infection.
I would recommend to keep the eyes and nose free of discharge using cotton moistened with warm water. Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking and make sure she keeps eating fine. If she is a kitten, no matter how active, should be ideally seen by a veterinarian at the first sign of a cold. However, if she refuses to eat or even move, it is urgent you bring her to a veterinarian immediately.
To treat the bacterial component of the cold, your cat will require antibiotics. A viral infection, meanwhile, will usually be dealt with by the catâ€™s own immune system.
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. It likely has a upper respiratory infection. Take her to your vet who willprescribe antibiotics and possibly and eye ointment, and deworm it. He will also discuss vaccinations and neutering with you once it is healthy again.