It seems we possibly have an epidemic of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (aka URI) on our hands.
photo © Franny Syufy
We adopted little kittens Sage and Gaither from a rescue group on October 12th, and both are happy and active kittens. However, after a week had passed, we noticed that Sage was snuffling, and I took him to our local veterinarian on the 21st. His temperature was 103.5, a little high (normal is between 100.4°F and 102.5°F) His weight was six pounds, about normal for a six month old kitten. While we were there, I pointed out a patch of missing hair above his left eye. Our vet said the temperature could well be caused by the stress of the vet visit. She took a scraping of the skin above his eye to be tested for ringworm, and advised us that the lab test results could take as long as a month. As for the snuffling, she said the best thing was to just try to keep his nostrils clear with a paper towel or damp washcloth, as an antibiotic would be useless against a viral infection.
In the past two days we've noticed Jaspurr snuffling, and now Billy's eyes are watering. Billy goes to the vet tomorrow early afternoon, so I'll know more then. In the meantime, all the cats are still active, have good appetites, and are showing no other signs of being sick.