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Q. Lethargic, sneezing, loss of appetite, no voice, watery eyes. Cat is 12

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A. It sounds like your cat may have an upper respiratory infection. These can be viral or bacterial, or a combination of the two. Common symptoms are fever (causing lethargy and inappetance), sneezing and or coughing, eye discharge and redness and sometimes a change in the sound of the voice due to inflammation in the throat. Your veterinarian can help reduce any fever if he has one and give medications to help with the symptoms ( eye medication, antibiotics, or anti inflammatories) as needed. Until you can get him in for an appointment, try to keep him hydrated by offering foods with a lot of moisture (canned food, chicken baby food, canned tuna with the watery juice). He is likely contagious to other cats, so if you have other pets, watch for symptoms in them as well.

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