Cat URI Serious??

Fallston, MD(Zone 6b)

My beloved 14 year old cat Simon has been treated for URI for several months, but is not getting better. His right nostril is constantly discharging pink tinged mucus, and the left is usually dried blood. Often when he is laying down, he hangs his head below the level of his body. He is listless, eats very little except when he gets a mirtazopine, no longer sits on my lap. He is hyperthyroid that is in control now. His fur is so matted that he looks like a rag doll and seems very fragile. My vet says that a URI is very hard to eliminate and has suggested that he may get some relief by having a specialist clean out his turbinoles. It is killing me to see him this way, as he has always been very loving, and energetic. Every day that I get up, I expect to find him dead.
Since everything tjat I have read on the internet pretty much agrees with my vet's diagnosis, I just don't what to do.

I would greatly appreciate any help or suggestions.

Maryann Kudrick

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Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

I must admit that I spent over $300 on a 23 year old cat to try to save him. It did not work, but he died peacefully and was not in pain and although I cried my eyes out when he died anyway (see references to Tiny in the shorttail entry below) I did not regret spending the money, because I felt that I did all I could.

I would not dream of telling you what to do. It would be obnoxious and wrong, because no one else can understand your circumstances or your relationship with an obviously beloved pet, but I personally would do the procedure, especially because your baby seems to feel so unwell.

My heart goes out to you.


Fallston, MD(Zone 6b)

I would spend whatever is necessary to save him, but I believe that God will let him be my angel for more years.

Thank you for very kind thoughts.


ps - where is the shorttail entry?

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Dear Maryann,

Duh, what was I thinking of?

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

Well, what have you done so far? You can always have an MRI done... good way of actually making a diagnosis, since unlikely this is a viral infection at this point. Might find there is something you can do little about, but at least you would know.

Monroe, WI(Zone 4b)

Just saw this thread...................Maryann, how is your kitty?

What is URI?

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

Upper Respiratory Infection.

Monroe, WI(Zone 4b)

Oh. Yeah. I suppose I should have figured that one out.

Fallston, MD(Zone 6b)

Thank you all for your comments. My beloved Simon is hanging in there. After a stay at the kitty ER, it was thought that he has IFB and has been treated for it.His stools were liquid and very dark but that has mostly cleared up. He is on probiotics, B12, pepsid and tapazole.
I am hoping for the best; he is a very sweet, wonderful kitty.

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