If at any point you are concerned about the health or well-being of your pet, contact your local veterinarian.
All animals should get checked by their vet for a check-up at least once a year. This generally can be done at the time of the annual vaccination and is important so that any health problems can be detected early.
Where all care has been taken to ensure the health of adopted animals, there is always the possibility of a disease in incubation that will not manifest itself until after adoption.
In cats this is commonly a sign of “cat flu” or “snuffles”. Snuffles is a disease of the upper respiratory tract (the throat and windpipe).
Because the disease is viral, and there are no animal medications that kill viruses, recovery involves the cat’s immune system clearing the disease from the body (in this way, the disease is very similar to a common cold or the flu in people). It may take one to two weeks for complete recovery.
Never give an animal human medicine such as Panadol or Aspirin, as these may harm or even kill the pet.