bless your dear heart for taking this poor kitty in and caring for him...this is so sad he was treated like this in his retirement years....makes me so very angry I could scream!!!!!!!!!!!!
unfortunately this is something that happens with these poor kitties with that peeked nose feature. I too had two Himalayans that I showed for just a little while, the one girl Bailey also had a very pronounced indentation. and she had breathing issues because of it.....tho I think they are darling I will no longer promote this breeding deformity.
Yes I would take him in for some xrays, I don't want to scare you but my Bailey also developed the same sneezing that also included a discharge with small amounts of blood. My Vet made her an appointment with a specialist that did xrays and found a large tumor back deep in her nasal passage, they didnt recommend any treatment other than comfort measures....when she totally lost her sense of smell of course she stopped eating and I had to put her down...
but it could also be something lodged in his nasal passage...something that is irritating him and causing the sneezes.
Did this just develop recently or was he sneezing when you got him?
Welcome! You are a very kind person to rescue a 12 year old cat from a very bad situation. You deserve a great deal of credit. So now I bet he has fattened up with all your loving care. I think you may have meant to say he is a "Himalayan", right? They are absolutely gorgeous, but do have a pre disposition to respiratory problems due to their nasal bone structure being stunted. It is a shame we fool with mother nature, since it causes breed weakness in the animals we tweak.
Anyway, I always recommend seeing your vet for a definitive diagnose. This could be an allergy. Have you changed anything around the feeding area or his dish and mat? Usually sneezing is caused by Inhaling a caustic substance that irritates the cats nasal passages.
Food allergies are usually itching around the face and head. So check out anything new he may come into contact with while eating. If you cannot find a source, than please see your vet. He may have the beginnings of an upper respiratory infection (cat cold). If there is no nasal discharge it is early in the process, it is viral, so not really anything you can give him. .....but if discharge is seen, watery eyes, and breathing difficulties begin, then he needs an antibiotic. Let's hope it is just allergies.
I am sure others on this site will check in with suggestions also. If you can get him off Friskies and onto a grain free, limited ingredient food like Weruva or Natural Balance that would be a much better food offering . Cat's should only eat Cat food as it has all the nutrients a cat needs, like Taurine. People food is just not good enough except once in a great while for a treat.
My cat loves Crab from the can, and only gets it on special occasions .
Keep us posted on the situation and Good luck.
great post CML....mentioning some other possibilities I missed...
could well be allergies since he in now living in a new location and exposed to new surroundings/diet...
does need to be explored first :))
I have never owned that specific breed but could not help but notice the amount of food you feed him? Have you tried feeding him less food? May be a good idea to feed kitty less food. For example, my cats are 5 and 6 years, so the vet recommended that I feed each cat six ounces of food daily, so 3 oz in the AM and 3 oz in the PM. No more than that, and no less either. I know this isn't your question but could certainly help with his weight in addition to the previous posts which I think are very helpful for his sneezing issue. Just a thought..other than that I am glad to read that he is happy! Happy is what we want, don't we? :)
Thanks for your response. I dont feed frid kees. I only feed orijen six fish it is grain free and is the number 1 food on the market for cats I have fed it to my 2 himilayians for years. Nygel my rescue persian is also doing well on it. He is fat as a butterball now. He is a genuine sweetheart. I am falling asleep as I am trying to type I must go for now. Til later Melinda, Gizzybear, Yogibear, and Nygel
OK, well after you get some ZZZZZ's let us know what the vet says. K?