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Curing My Cat’s Nasal Congestion: Rocket’s Story

Curing nasal congestion in cats

Allergies and Feline Rhinitis

This post is months in the making because sometimes it takes that long to figure things out.  It also sometimes “takes a village” to get things resolved.  Seasonal allergies can wreak havoc–not just on people but cats too.  Down here in Houston, Texas, allergies due to pollens, mold and pollution can be very problematic.  In our household of five cats Rocket is the one who is the most sensitive to all these airborne irritants.  If you’ve been following our blog for awhile you may recall he had surgery last year to remove a nasal polyp that was blocking about 90% of one nostril.   In his case, chronic feline rhinitis (nasal congestion) led to the development of the polyp.  The veterinary staff was not able to identify the exact cause, only that the condition was “inflammatory.”  

What is feline rhinitis?

According to one article on feline rhinitis by Dr. Donna Spector, DVM,

Cats with rhinitis often experience some degree of nasal discharge, sneezing and/or loud “congested” breathing. Some affected cats may paw at their face, have deformity of the nose or only be able to breathe through the mouth. Discharge may be from one side of the nose (unilateral) or from both sides (bilateral). Nasal discharge may be clear, cloudy with mucus, pus-like or bloody in nature.

She also goes on to list the most common causes of this condition which includes:

  • Viral upper respiratory infections like Herpes and Calcivirus
  • Bacterial infections, most commonly Bordatella, Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma
  • Fungal infections like Cryptococcus
  • Parasites (very uncommon)
  • Foreign body like blades of grass or seeds
  • Oral diseases
  • Inflammatory polyps
  • Nasal cancer like lymphoma and adenocarcinoma
  • Allergies to mold, dust mites, grasses and tree pollen
  • Idiopathic (cause unknown)

Rocket’s journey through nasal congestion

Rocket loves the summer heat and enjoys dozing for hours in our courtyard.  However, after going through the polyp ordeal we significantly reduced the amount of time he spent outdoors and kept a very close eye on his breathing.  Months went by and all was well…until one day in October he sounded a little different.  He had a stuffy nose and a little sneezing.  He also seemed to have a very sensitive stomach; he threw up hairballs several times a week. 

Immediately I went into proactive mode!  The first thing I did was reach out to Sonya and Heights of Health.  She’s a certified natural health practitioner who has seen Rocket before.  I asked her to do a remote session to determine what his body was sensitive or allergic to and clear him with a process called ECR (energetic cellular release).  The technique “reprograms” cells in the body not to have a reaction to a certain stimulus (the allergen or item the body has developed a sensitivity to).  The results came back:

  • Turkey
  • Ragweed
  • Stomach
  • Small intestines
  • Large intestines
  • Intestinal mucosa

These were all the things his body was sensitive to, and they were disrupting his body’s homeostasis.  His vomiting stopped right away, and I think he’s only thrown up one small hairball in almost three months.

The nasal congestion seemed to ease off a bit but a few short weeks later he began to sneeze more and had a runny nose.  The week before Christmas I took him to the vet for a new blood panel and exam.  His blood work was perfect and Dr. Knapp’s exam found his nose and lungs clear.  We figured it was allergies–the question was, what is he allergic to now?  

Naturopathy, ECR and Homeopathy

I reached out to Laura, a doctor of Naturopathy at Heights of Health, as I drove home from the vet and gave her the update.  She remotely tested Rocket with the intention to find out what was causing the congestion.  The answer was a combination of indoor and out door allergies, bacteria and emotions!  Check out this list of things his body was sensitive to:

  • Cockroaches and droppings
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Tropheryma whippel bacteria
  • Dust mites
  • Sinuses
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Rose essential oil
  • Deep exhaustion

Laura did ECR to clear Rocket of all these and recommended some homeopathic and drainage support.  I used the homeopathic remedy Silicea 200c off and on for a couple of weeks, and we were making progress!  His sinus congestion was finally clearing up!  

Feline rhinitis cures

Be Persistent and Keep Rechecking!

Since then we also found he is allergic to cedar, tree pollen, and fabric softener.  After doing ECR for these I used Kali Bichromicum 30c first and later Nat Mur 200c to clear up the symptoms.  Fingers crossed we have finally addressed all the things he has developed an allergy to–at least for now.  Things may change again in the spring when the weather changes and plants start to bloom-or perhaps even sooner!   This whole experience has taught me two things: 

  1.  Keep rechecking and be open to the possibility that there may be other factors still left unaddressed. 
  2.  Symptoms determine the remedy in homeopathy.  As the symptoms change, chances are pretty good that the remedy will too. 

I never would have thought that Rocket had developed allergies to so many things.  I feel very fortunate that his condition isn’t worse and that slowly but surely we have been able to pinpoint the exact allergies, eliminate them and cure his rhinitis.  The most important thing to remember is this:   treating only the symptoms a cat has is pointless; you must also determine and remove the cause.  Otherwise the condition will return.  Stay tuned for his progress reports!

Update October 2020

In an effort to build his immune system we must address the micro biome.  In dealing with cats that struggle with chronic allergies (and other immune related diseases), I learned that the integrity of the intestinal walls is often compromised.  This creates a “leaky gut,” allowing microbes to permeate into the bloodstream that shouldn’t be there.  We began using Ion Gut Health for Pets along with probiotics, and the results have been amazing.

Developed by Dr. Zach Bush, Ion Gut Health for Pets restores the integrity of the tight junctions that line the intestinal walls.  Tight junctions create a multi-layer protein network that functions as an intelligent gateway for the entry or blockage of nutrients, toxins, and microbes.  IGH is a liquid, soil-derived, carbon-based supplement that encourages cell to cell communication, promote immune function and gives the gut a terrain where the microbiome can thrive.  Once the micro biome’s gate keeper is functioning properly, add high quality probiotics to help rebalance the healthy gut flora.  As a result Rocket’s immune system has gotten stronger!  His allergy symptoms have lessened dramatically, and I see his body producing a normal histamine response to allergen triggers that create feline rhinitis.  Better yet, he’s no longer taking supplements for seasonal allergies!

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22 responses to “Curing My Cat’s Nasal Congestion: Rocket’s Story”

  1. Leslie says:

    I have a 14-year-old kitty, Cheeto, who has had Rhinitis for about three years. I did treat her with silica 30 C. The administration was classical, with a very slow stir. She did have a somewhat positive response, but then worsened when my homeopathic vet had me repeat it after four hours. She has had two rounds of Clavamox, which stopped working. I’m surprised you use 200 C with the silica. Do you have any suggestions for her? I’m concerned with her age, that the aggravation would be too much for her. I have tried immune boosters, colostrum, and colloidal silver. Nothing is helping. Can you help?Thanks

    • Pam Roussell says:

      The Silicea 200C is what my homeopathic vet recommended, and it really helped. I feel it’s important to treat the underlying cause though, in Cheeto’s case. Do you think it might be environmental sensitivities like seasonal allergens from grasses, weeds, flowers or trees? Muscle testing can help find the root cause of her rhinitis and then find what tools her body needs in order to rebalance and heal. Energy healing work can also help release sensitivities and stressors energetically, laying the ground work for the body to heal.

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi Pam, I enjoyed reading your blog and it helped me understand what my cat might be experiencing. Acey is 15 and for the past 6 months she has had persistent and increasing nasal discharge, sometimes with blood and currently with heavy mucus. Her breathing is heavy and she’s lost weight. We have tried different antibiotics, even interferon. She’s been on a wet diet for the past 10 years. Her apetite is ok but she’s lost weight. We had a CT scan and a rhinoscopy which didn’t show any polyps but bone destruction and plaque. Biopsy results are due in a week. My sister who owns many cats, one with a similar problem, recommended silicea. I read that you’ve used it as well. Do you recommend an online practitioner? Thank you.

    • Pam Roussell says:

      Thank you Sandra! I feel your frustration and concern. I would explore using muscle testing to determine if homeopathy would be beneficial, and if so, it can pinpoint which remedy exactly. Another thing I would recommend is use muscle testing to help determine the underlying cause of the issue. It could be environmental sensitivities causing all the nasal mucosa and discharge; another thought is a weakened immune system from environmental toxins like vaccines, flea meds, or antibiotics over the years. I offer a cat health analysis which uses muscle testing and a photo of the cat to get an energetic “look” at what is resonating as the root cause/s; then it helps determine which tools the body needs to heal itself. In addition, there are many wonderful homeopathic vets who do phone consultations, too. You can search for one at ahvma.org.

  3. Evelyn Cleveland says:

    I have a 3 yr. old cat that we fostered from age of 4 weeks. Since she was constantly sick with URI, we adopted her. We took her to specialists, and after testing, diagnosis was Chronic Rhinitis with mild loss of turbinates. Her nose is sometimes “snotty”; however, her eyes are the worst. They are constantly dripping. Presently we are trying a new treatment to boost her immune system. My question is, what is muscle testing, and what can that tell? Thank you!

    • Pam Roussell says:

      Evelyn,
      I’m so sorry to hear your precious kitty is really struggling with chronic rhinitis. Because she’s had it since she was a baby she may have acquired it from her mother. It sounds like Feline Herpes Virus 1. Muscle testing a type of energy medicine that asks the body questions to get yes/no answers. It is a way to assess and address imbalances in the body. Remote muscle testing is based on quantum physics where energy is not limited by time or space. Therefore the body resonates the same energy in person as it does from a distance.To learn more about how it works I invite you to check out this page here: http://www.purrrfectlyholistic.com/holistic-health-muscle-testing/. In your kitty’s case, it would be super helpful to determine the root cause of her illness and address that using nutraceuticals like immune stimulating antioxidant supplements, homeopathy for the rhinitis symptoms, and other supportive measures that resonate as beneficial with her body.

  4. Helen says:

    We have a 10-12? year old cat (he came to us as a feral five years ago) who has chronic nasal discharge with thick mucus. Over the last few months we have been back and forth to the vet for blood panels, x-rays ( including special consults) and multiple rounds of antibiotics. No one can seem to determine the cause. He clears up for a short time after the administration of the antibiotics but the nasal discharge always returns. We are hesitant to put William through another vet visit as it seems to be pointless. In addition to that the antibiotics upset his stomach so badly and he’s so traumatized by the trips back-and-forth to the vet. In desperation I have been searching online for information and came across your story which really resonated with me. My instinct is that we may be dealing with some sort of allergies as our 18-year-old cat also suffers from a runny nose from time to time. However our three other cats have no signs of illness whatsoever. I was particularly encouraged by your experience with Kali bichromium 30c but I’m not able to find much information on how It should be administered. We would really like to try a holistic approach as traditional medicine doesn’t seem to be helping him and it is so hard to see him struggling. I would appreciate any help or advice you’re willing to share. Thank you so much.

    • Pam Roussell says:

      Your poor precious baby! There could be several reasons for the chronic rhinitis including virus, over-vaccination, seasonal allergies, environmental toxins weakening the immune system like flea topicals…I’m not sure if any of these would apply in his case? Rather than just treat the symptoms it would be more beneficial to determine the root cause of the over-active immune system creating the nasal discharge and mucus. You can try the Kali Bi 30C and see if he helps clear up the symptoms. Here’s a link to my video explaining how to prepare a homeopathic remedy: https://youtu.be/vuAihzU5Bhw. I would also recommend providing immune support by restoring the microbiome integrity and balance of good gut flora. You may also consider doing an Optimal Cat Health Analysis so we can root down to the underlying cause using Muscle Testing. Learn more about this in our Services. I would be honored to help you!

  5. Connie says:

    Wow that is such a great you tube video. I would be interested in Optimal cat health analysis for Harrison whose story isn’t much different than everyone else.

  6. Hellen says:

    Hi Pam, I came across this article (4am and I can’t sleep, the noises coming out of my kitty are quite alarming). I rescued this baby from a Siamese Rescue group in Austin and I knew she had a bad past. She looks identical to Rocket (from what I can tell), and has the worst breathing problems. I recently lost my job in Austin and am relocating to Richmond (just outside of Houston), and though I don’t have a lot of money, I need to dip into my savings to do what I can to get her some relief. I have already spent over 2k (vet bills), but I think the next step is a rhinoscopy. Can you please direct me to where you took Rocket….I’m just at a loss as to what to do. Thank you so much!
    Hellen (mother of Boogers….which is her nickname now. Real name is Pixie or Kitty).

    • Pam Roussell says:

      I’m sorry to hear this! My vet sent me to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists for the ultrasound, and they also did the surgery to remove the polyp. There may be one other specialist out in the Katy area who provides this service, too, but I chose GC because they are much closer to me. The good thing is, even if she ends up having a polyp removed there is hope on the other side in most cases. I wish you both all the very best and a happy outcome!

  7. Angela Stephens says:

    This is very interesting…I have an older “former” feral cat that is constantly congested and I have tried everything 🙁 It’s so frustrating and I feel so sorry for her…

    • Pam Roussell says:

      She could have a virus and/or lots of environmental sensitivities to weeds, grasses, trees, pollens or mold spores. Use immune boosting supplements and try Natrum Muraticum 30C homeopathy, too.

  8. agnes says:

    my cat is 11 years old. since the last 4 weeks he started having yellow discharge. We did put a new carpet in the bedroom and i am trying to keep him out of that room in case fiber carpet would be the cause. I read the sinus infection could come from teeth infection. My cat has very bad breath. But he has had bad breath for a good while and he never had sinus problem. He is in good health, active enough for a cat of that age. 4 weeks ago I started to give him reishi, tumeric, omega 3 and other herbal stuff i mix in a little wet food and give him with a special serynge i created (he hates wet food). The dry food he eats is the same pea and chicken from natural balance. the question is is it a simple allergy or rhinitis? Doctors do no have a clue. I know because 3 years ago my other cat got pretty bad allergies pantling, could not breath. i thought he was going to die. They did not know. I gave him a mixture of herbal remedies ginger, tumeric etc and he was fine 2 days later. I am going to try the homeopathic you talked about in your post.

  9. Debra says:

    What is the amount of ginger and tumeric and how did you give it to him?

    • Pam Roussell says:

      You can use turmeric from your pantry, fresh ginger or dried from your pantry. Or search for a pet supplement that has curcumin/turmeric in it. As for the amount of herbs…I would use a very small amount…like 1/8 or 1/16 tsp

  10. Jennifer Lee Marini says:

    I’m soooo glad I found your blog! This is EXACTLY what I am dealing with with TWO of my littermate bottle babies, who lost their mom at about 10 days so probably have compromised immune systems. They’re 5 now, and the snuffles have begun! But I want to FIX the underlying issue…not just “mask symptoms”. And it’s weird, but I’ve been following ZACH BUSH since last Spring!! Small World. BUT, that LINK to his “Ion Gut Health for pets” went to an Error page?? Also, Heights of Health seems for PEOPLE…but obviously they helped you with your cat? Is it “virtual”…or do you have to appear in person (I’m in Dallas, so that’s not out of the question). I’m desperate to help my fur babies…I don’t want to just give them chronic antibiotics, like the vet suggested. 🙁

    • Pam Roussell says:

      I now work on cats remotely in a similar way Heights of Health works on people! Thank you for letting me know about the link–it’s now fixed. If we did an Optimal Cat Health Analysis it would be a deep dive to determine the root cause and find ways to support and address the immune system.
      https://shop.purrrfectlyholistic.com/collections/services/products/optimal-cat-health-analysis

      • Jennifer Marini says:

        Pam! Forgive me, but suddenly my situation with Max feels somewhat urgent…can we plan the consult tomorrow morning maybe (5-14)? I’ve dealt with Lipidosis before from non-eating, and know time this cat got so congested he did stop eating for a few days and we has to force feed and appetite stimulate to get him going again. That was YEARS ago, and I can’t believe suddenly he’s just slammed shut right when I’m already working on a new remedy for him! But being the weekend, I need to either get going with YOU (my hope), or take him to my reg vet. I contacted you through the link provided with my number…but hadn’t heard back as quick there as I did here? So just teaching out again hoping we can set up for the am. Let me know! My email address is jenmarini@yahoo.com!! THANK YOU!!

  11. Lisa says:

    What dosing schedule did you follow for the silicea 200c? I have two chronic snifflers, one than has biopsy prove autoimmune type feline stomatitis and faucitis, IBD; the other chronic sniffler is FELV positive with spine issues. I have a difficult time when the stomatitis boy has a URI flare because it is resistant to almost everything treatment wise and I will not consider steroids unless it is an emergency and last resort. Thanks so much for sharing this very helpful story!

    • Pam Roussell says:

      I am not able to give specific recommendations without actually muscle testing him for dosage and protocols. Fortunately I can do this remotely using his photo. My best advice is to trace back to find the root cause of when these symptoms and conditions started and address that. Best to rule out vaccine injury, viruses, exposure to environmental toxins, etc. If you want to do a deep dive with me consider getting an Optimal Cat Health Analysis under Services.

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