Cat is 4 year old, spayed female, domestic longhair, calico, part Angora. She had evidence of a past FHV infection (antibodies present), probably from before when I found her as a 4 week old kitten. History of goopy eyes, snoring, and a small infrequent lesion that appears above her left eye, presumably due to previous FHV damage to sinuses and tear ducts.

For the past 4 days she has developed:

  • Clear watery discharge from right eye and increased closure of that eye. Eye itself does not appear irritated.
  • Clear watery nasal discharge.
  • Sneezing (messy, and apparently she gets great pleasure out of sneezing directly into my face).
  • Clear watery drooling.
  • Occasional wheeze (but normal breathing rate and does not appear to have breathing difficulty) even while awake.

No other symptoms present, no behavioral/eating/drinking/elimination changes, no other known health issues, no "traditional" diseases (FIV and such).

The other cat in the house has no issues.

It is winter, very cold outside, and very dry inside. I'm thinking either the dry air is irritating her sinuses or perhaps she has a sinus infection (although I've never experienced a cat with a cold).

My question is: I'm about to go out of town for a week on an emergency work trip, otherwise I'd take her to the vet tomorrow. What could be going on and what should I tell the cat sitter to look out for in case she needs an emergency trip to the vet?

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