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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I've just moved house, so cat is not going out much. She's

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I've just moved house, so cat is not going out much. She's sneezing, fur is sticky, she smells and eyes a little watery. Appears to be eating, drinking and going to the toilet normally. Can anyone offer some advice?
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Colin, the most common cause of Cleo's sneezing and epiphora (watery eyes) is infection by the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1). Most cats are carriers of this virus which can come out of its carrier state in times of stress - such as moving house. Thankfully, most cats remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks and so I rarely treat them. When symptoms persist longer than 3 weeks or my patient worsens instead of improves over that time frame, I consider administering an antiviral drug such as famciclovir.

Sticky fur indicates lack of grooming which is consistent in any cat under the weather. I must assume that her odor is also due to her not cleaning herself as she does when well. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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