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my healthy 12 yr old female cat starting sneezing last night (just a little) and has a bit of goop in her eyes that hardens her eyes shut after her nap. she seems fine but I need to leave town for a few days on Tuesday. Is it just a cold or signs of something worse. We are a four cat household all healthy mostly indoor cats. All were regularly checked from young age with all shots/tests etc.
Just started last night.

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Well you said you have a houseful of healthy cats. This cat is 12 yrs old and this came out of the blue. I am guessing she is an indoor cat.

That would indicate that something is going on and if this were my 12 yr old cat I would have her at vets first thing Monday morning.

She has apparently picked up an Upper respiratory virus. This can be mild or can get out of control quickly due to her age. These are often contagious as well to the other cats.

Your safest bet is to have her looked at Monday at the very least. Then you can leave knowing what's going on with her.

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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Licensed with California and Oregon, RVT and CVT. Certified Veterinary Dental Technician Have over 550 logged hours of Continuing Education Credits(that means I keep up to date!).

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