Has anyone come across these symptoms in a cat?

by betty
(columbus, ohio)

Has anyone come across these symptoms in a cat and can they cause other cats to get the same thing? This old cat hangs around my house outside for a free meal and water, which I give him everyday.


He is dirty, his hair has fallen out some, sounds like he has asthma, he wheezes, drools, has nose secretion and sometimes he can't swallow his food and gags trying to eat something. I feel really bad for him, and he is now trying to come into my house as it is winter and I have to put him out as I am afraid he will give this to my cats.

Should I turn him in and have him put down? He has never tried to bite me or anything, I don't know what to do as I am afraid he might infect my cats.

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Dec 14, 2010
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has any one come across these sympons in a cat
by: Anonymous

Hi there, I have a cat with those systems. He is now 12. I got him as a stray he was skinny, couldn't swallow, very thin hair, breathing funny. I trapped him and took him to the s.p.c.a. and got him neutered. I fed him nuts, cds and whiskas meat, got him deflead. He still has a breathing problem, and can't swallow too good, sometimes because I think he was kicked in the jaw, and it has been dislodged. I brush him a lot too and that has made us bond and it's good for their circulation.

Dec 12, 2010
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Sounds Contagious!
by: Kurt (Admin)

I agree with Ashleigh. I would always assume an outside cat might have something contagious, even if it's "just" an upper respiratory infection, which can be fatal if left untreated.

On the chance that whatever it is can live outside the body for an extended period, I'd be careful. Also, sterilize any bowls or dishes you use for him.

You might try contacting a local no kill shelter to see how they'd handle him.

Dec 12, 2010
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Poor kitty!
by: Ashleigh

It sounds like your outside cat is definitely sick and contagious! I wouldn't wait another minute before taking him to a vet for antibiotics. By his description, it sounds like he's never had the opportunity to see a vet for a regular health check.

With winter closing in fast he will more than likely get sicker faster. If there's a way to contain him in a shed or somewhere (away from your cat) temporarily you may want to try that until you can get an appointment. During hat time you can watch for new symptoms and make sure he's warm and gets good, healthy meals. And make sure you wash your hands really good after touching him to keep your inside kitty safe.

It sounds like hes had a rough life outside and winter is harsh. I believe he came to you for help!

Best wishes!

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