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My calico cat sneezes multiple times a day, releasing mucus. This began about three months ago. She is also audibly congested. Does she have an allergy? A cold that won't go away? Perhaps this seems obvious, but do I need to take her to a vet? She's very skittish.

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    As Zaralynda mentioned, yes, to a vet. There are a fair number of conditions that can cause this, ranging from viral infections to problem teeth causing infections. – John Cavan Oct 17 '14 at 7:56
  • I've seen cancer cause this, too - the cat had a cancerous growth in one sinus that caused a lot of irritation. – Kate Paulk Oct 17 '14 at 13:51
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Yes, she needs to see a vet to be properly diagnosed.

One way to make vet visits easier on shy cats is to use a mobile vet who will come to your home. Then you only have to deal with stranger and handling stress, and not the added stresses of a carrier, travel, and a strange place.

Another way to ease the stress of a vet visit is to look for a Cat Friendly Vet. This designation indicates that the vet has additional training in easing cat stress at appointments. This can include things like "incorporated a waiting room/area that reduces stress associated with noise, other pets or unfamiliar smells (methods can include feline-only area, cat-only appointment times, going directly into the exam room, etc.)."

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