My cat is acting sick after she is spayed


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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – It has been three weeks since we got our cat fixed (female)since then her eating has stopped and she has mucus all over her face. I force water down her and now she having a hard time breathing she also has a sore in her mouth can you help?

Cornina Grimes


Hi – thanks for your email Cornina. You wrote that your cat was spayed 3-weeks ago and is now not eating and has mucous on her face. If she is not eating and acting sick, I'd recommend that you have reexamined by your veterinarian as soon as possible. That is not normal.

You cat may have an upper respiratory track infection which can causing sneezing, nasal discharge and mouth ulcers. Many cats that can't smell their food won't eat. I'd recommend that you clean her nose, offer her some canned food or something that is more "smelly" that might encourage her to eat and call your veterinarian.

An article that might be helpful to you is Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI).

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.