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I got a kitten from the shelter last Saturday. Her name is Bella, and she's the sweetest thing in the world. I love her so much!!

On Monday, her eyes started watering which I know is a sign of a URI. I brought her to the vet on Tuesday and they gave me an eye ointment, told me it was conjunctivitis and not a URI because she wasn't sneezing enough. Sure enough the next day she was sneezing like crazy so I picked up an antibiotic for her on Thursday. She's been on it for 2 1/2 days now.

She doesn't play at all like she did. She sleeps all day long. Is this normal for a kitten with the flu? How long before this thing runs its course? I feel so bad for her. She's having trouble breathing through her nose, and she just looks depressed. Her eyes are watery, and she's sneezing and coughing. I feel so helpless. Should I worry about FIP? I read somewhere that the symptoms can sometimes be like a URI.
 

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Hi roxxi, >>>>)

Usually a URI will run its course in a few days to a week based on how bad it is. My vet used to recommend an antihistimine along with the anti-biotic. Let us know how he is doing.
 

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How is your kitty? Mine had the same thing. The vet told me that those shelters r full of viruses. I feel so bad for the poor animals in there. He still sneezes here and there but is fine.
 

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Hi Roxxi,
I hope you will come back to the forum with good news on Bella.
I have found my last kitty, Cheerio in the yard with URI.
After having trapped her I took her to the vet with sneezing, watery eyes and a bad wheezing sound coming from her chest. It was so painful to watch her fighting for each breath with her chest going up and down.
I have got antibiotic for her and flea medicine (revolution). Came home gave her a good bath and made sure the room was warm at all times. I actually moved upstairs with her and kept her under close observation for almost a week. She was quiete bony so the vet gave me the science hills diet canned food. Cheerio looked pretty bad in the beginning also. I burst into tears at the vet thinking this would be another kitty for me to burry. Fate had something else instore for me - I bonded with her instead and she is now my second baby, 100%healthy. I wish you both the best. Just don't give up and administrate the antibiotic on a regular basis as part of the plan. She knows you love her and that will give her more strength
Big hugs from Cheerio and I :)
 

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Often, I will keep a small bottle of Amoxycillin around for my cats whenever they come down with URI. It usually takes care of the problem in a few days. It is not uncommon for cats to contract URI while in a shelter, especially during this time of year. Usually, when one gets it there are others who get it also. Amoxycillin is anti-bacterial meds, and therefore it has a shelf life of about 2 weeks.
 
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