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Nova's sneezing and super cuddly...Why??

Super_Nova1

Savannah Super Cat
#1
Hey everyone,
The vet is closed today and I'm hoping someone can help with some answers in regards to Nova's health.
Last week, Thursday I believe, I picked Nova up to bring him downstairs.
As I did he let out a huge sneeze. I didn't know if it was vomit or a sneeze because of how wet it was.
It was like getting sprayed with a water bottle.
After that, we went down stairs and all was well.

The next day, I noticed him sneeze again, but this time there were a few sneezes in a short period of time.
I didn't think anything of it.
He was playing and running around as usual.
Saturday was the same, I began to notice more sneezing.
The wife and I cleaned his room up, dusted etc.
The weather is changing here so I figured maybe it's just dusty.

Well yesterday is when we became alarmed, not only was Nova sneezing often, but he was cuddly.
Nova is very, rarely cuddly during the day.

We sat in the room with him, keeping him away from our other two cats, and Nova was laying in our laps, constantly meowing at us. (He is a very vocal Savannah. He is always talking to us.)
But he was laying on us, letting out little meows, sneezing every 5-10 minutes at least once.

Nova doesn't stop. He's always on the move hunting something or playing with something.
So for him to just lay on us for over an hour, not wanting to play, but cuddling and head butting non-stop, sad to say but that's what alarmed us the most.

We thought back to what's changed over the past week.
The only thing I can think of is the introduction of a Kelp mineral supplement into his diet.
It's a powder that I mix in with his food.
Other than that, nothing has changed.

He's eating and drinking normally.
He's using the litter box as he regularly would - both pee and poop are good.
At around 11 pm last night He started playing as usual.

But this sneezing has me worried.

I read that it could be an upper respiratory issue, but he doesn't have watery eyes, nor even a drippy nose.
His eyes are clear, his ears are clean.
To just look at him you would think that's one healthy cat!

But then why all the sneezing and alarming cuddling!?

Has anyone else had something like this?
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#2
Could be seasonal allergies. Could be herpes. Mild cases of herpes may not exhibit as watery eyes or drippy nose. Stop with the kelp since that's the most recent change; make sure litter boxes are kept clean. If you use a litter that is dusty or scented -- both can cause respiratory symptoms. All of my cats are vaccinated for herpes and all of them have it despite the vaccines. Vaccines are supposed to limit the severity of symptoms but don't guarantee immunity. Three of mine show an episode by huge bouts of huge sneezes lasting about 3 days to a week. The fourth cat gets pretty sick with pneumonia-like symptoms. The cuddling may be because he needs comfort because he doesn't feel 100% well or he may just need to show he loves you.
 

Super_Nova1

Savannah Super Cat
#3
Thanks Witchy,
Tonight will be the 5th meal without the Kelp in it.
The sneezing has subsided some, as in they are not nearly as watery as they were.
He still has them, but they seem to only be limited to 3-4 every half hour or so.

The other night they were constant, one after another, soaking everything.
My poor wife was in the midst of talking to me when Nova blew a huge sneeze...right in my wifes mouth!

I took one to the top of the head this morning once he woke up.
He likes to sleep between my knees under the blankets at night.
When he woke up at 6 am he came out from under them, got a drink, jumped back into bed, started sniffing my head and then blew a huge sneeze right in my hair lol.

I'm in the room with him right now, and as soon as I sat down with him he let out a long cry then came and laid in my lap.
I tried to move a bit, he got mad and placed his paw on my arm, as in, don't you move anymore lol.

I feel so bad for him.
 

WitchyWoman

Admin
Staff member
#4
The other night they were constant, one after another, soaking everything.
My poor wife was in the midst of talking to me when Nova blew a huge sneeze...right in my wifes mouth!

I took one to the top of the head this morning once he woke up.
He likes to sleep between my knees under the blankets at night.
When he woke up at 6 am he came out from under them, got a drink, jumped back into bed, started sniffing my head and then blew a huge sneeze right in my hair lol.
I sympathize. Had that here too. Mine are particularly adept at sneezing in my face. Poor Maliik, the one who gets really sick, sneezes yellow sticky gobs of goo everywhere. I find those snot gobs in the oddest places. Makes housecleaning interesting.
 

Super_Nova1

Savannah Super Cat
#6
Well for an update, Nova completely recovered in a week.
He's back to being mischievous and getting into everything.
I added the kelp back to his diet and he's been absolutely fine with it.
I'm guessing it was an upper respiratory illness.