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I took her to the vet & got some abx yuck and she is still really getting no nasal relief. I got some good suggestions on getting her to eat. I have a vaporizer going and a little nest away from the other kitties. I tried getting saline drops in her nose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> yeah right<br><br>
She's my first pet ever, since I was 19 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't want to lose her over a stupid cold. She's lost weight - a lot in 2 days. The vet isn't in until tomorrow so I am hoping to get water under her skin - seen it on another kitty I had who was sick.<br><br>
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If you can't get her to eat, I'd call another vet if you think it's something that can't wait. Do you have something really palatable, like some kind of wet food that she really likes? My cats also as the occasional treat will drink the water left over from a can of chicken breast. The eating part is very important because cats can develop fatty liver disease if they go anorexic (this is particularly so if they're already overweight).
 

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I got her to eat about 2Tb of tuna and most of the juice/oil. She didn't have any interest in the litter box though.
 

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Meat and fish broth is good to get her to drink more fluids. Also you should be using phenylephrine nose drops, not just plain saline. The phenylephrine is a drug that will shrink down her swollen sinus tissues, and it's over the counter. You cradle the cat in your arm like a baby so she is looking up at you, while holding the scruff of her neck tightly, then drip the drops in her nose. This allows gravity to bring the medicine deep into her nose so it will work. I used to work at a shelter and I've done this to many, many cats, it works.<br><br>
If she isn't eating or drinking enough, you need to syringe feed her some broth. (You could probably get a syringe from your vet.) Get a big plastic syringe and squirt a little bit at a time into the corner of her mouth. Just a LITTLE, don't drown her, let her swallow each time. You could even mix some canned cat food with broth so it's just smooth enough to flow through the syringe. You could cut the hole a little bigger if you have to.<br><br>
Good Luck!
 

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Thanks for the ideas!
 

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How is the kitty?
 

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Thanks for asking. All 4 of our kitties have passed it around. Mattie my old one is doing so much better. Still a little extra snuffly at night but everyone else seems to be over it. Warming up her food really helped and for a few days I held her water in a tiny bowl right up by her face so she didn't have to bend down (sinus pressure?) and she drank quite a bit that way, but not out of her regular bowl.
 
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