My cat has a fever that keeps coming back even with antibiotics. What is the cause and treatment?

Original Question: There has been a steady decline in my cat's health for the past six months. Sneezing, coughing, wheezing when she runs, snot dripping out of her nose, and wetness around her eyes. She gets these fevers on and off, and I take her to the vet, they give her antibiotics and the fever goes away and she has more energy and eats more for a few days, but they she slows down again. And her sinuses never clear, no matter the length of the antibiotics. She has been tested for feline herpes and leukemia which she doesn't have, and her blood work comes back normal except for her white blood cell count which is a little low. She sleeps, her digestion is fine, she still eats, and is generally in good spirits until the fever comes back. She had a few eye infections in the past two years, but they were resolved fairly quickly and didn't come back. Our vet has now referred us to an internal medicine specialist. Any idea what this could be? - Aisha

My cat has a fever that keeps coming back even with antibiotics. What is the cause and treatment? Oct 15, 2018

Hi Aisha,

That certainly seems like a lot your kitty has had to deal with. I think your vet has done a great thing by referring you to a specialist. Potential diagnoses could include other viral diseases, a nasopharyngeal polyp, or some type of foreign body or a cancerous mass. These are just a few of the possibilities but the specialist will be able to help guide you in what steps to take for diagnosis and possible treatment.

All the best,

Dr Ryan Llera

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