Cat Snot-- what would you do?
I have two cats.
One of them, my female, has the worst and most chronic case of URI and of the vets she has been examined by have seen. (Three different clinics, likely 6 vets).
She constantly (as in every day) sneezes out massive globs of mucus. During the sneezing fits, she seems uncomfortable/perhaps painful and is afraid. When she is stuffed up prior to a sneezing fit, she is defensive (rightfully so) and afraid.
The longer this goes on, the more she is starting to be reclusive. She is afraid of the dogs (Obi will trot over to her during a sneezing fit to see what's going on) and so she often goes through long periods where she only comes up from the basement at night when they're in our bedroom or during the day when Obi is at work with me.
We've tried long antibiotic trial after long antibiotic trial and none have worked for longer than she is on them, several caused her to vomit and she gets very stressed being restrained and pilled (again, rightfully so-- she must feel like I'm trying to smother her). We recently did an 8 week course of antibiotics and an antiviral which helped somewhat while she was on the meds (it thinned out the mucus) but as soon as they were done, the issue was back. She's on immune supplements and lysine. They don't make a difference.
So thats why this sucks for her. She is physically uncomfortable and emotionally afraid.
The problem on my, admittedly, very selfish end is, there is dried snot everywhere. It's crusted on to the walls and nothing gets it off. Its on the furniture. It's on the bathroom sink. It's on the kitchen counters. It's on my bed and my pillow. It's on the rugs and the floor. On some surfaces, it never comes off once it's dried. I'm not squeamish but it's pretty gross laying my head down on a cat booger.
The problem is, besides this she is a healthy cat. Her bloodwork is great. She's a playmate and friend for my other cat. I NEVER would euthanize an animal for convenience but I'm not sure where to go from here.
I'm tired of cleaning up massive gobs of cat snot. Thoughts? Ideas?
As I type this, she just hopped up on the couch beside me and sneezed on my phone.
I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth
Buddy - 13 yr old angel disguised as a "pitbull" (according to the provincial government)
Obi - 6 year old incorrigible boxer mix