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  • Anyone else have a cat with asthma?

    Excited about this forum!

    Anyways, anyone else have a cat with asthma? If so, how do you manage it?
    I love cats, I love every single cat....
    So anyway I am a cat lover
    And I love to run.

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    I managed to catch on as on of my Himalayans, Shag, started to get allergies. He gets half a ChlorTab pill (over the counter human drug) every other day to manage the allergies. If I miss for a couple days he starts to have very labored breathing. Made the mistake of leaving some windows open the other day and after several hours he started gasping/coughing for breath because the pollen count is so high right now. So basically, we manage his allergies to hopefully avoid progressing to asthma (which is the vet's concern). Would it be possible that some of the allergy treatments would help prevent an asthma attack?
    "Beware the hobby that eats."
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      Thankfully, he doesn't have asthma attacks too often.

      He is managed on prednisone and chlor trimeton allergy pills. I don't give him a pred unless he is having a really bad day.

      You can always hear him breathing. We jokingly call him darth vatar at times. He will be 8 this year and still runs and plays like crazy and is super friendly and cuddly.

      I just worry about it cutting his life short, but so far so good.
      I love cats, I love every single cat....
      So anyway I am a cat lover
      And I love to run.

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      • #4
        sadly, my special kitty has astma...
        I am supposed to give him a tablet of some sort once or twice a day....but the stuff is so vial, I can't get it in him.

        I think I am going back to force feeding the tablet, praising with his favorite: Tuna

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        • #5
          Oh yeah, Shaggy will NOT eat anything that has been contaminated with a pill. I've tried everything, stuffing it in a favorite treat, wrapping in cheese, crushing and adding to wet food. Nope, he knows it's there and won't eat it. So his pill gets stuffed down his little throat.
          "Beware the hobby that eats."
          Benjamin Franklin

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JumpWithPanache View Post
            Oh yeah, Shaggy will NOT eat anything that has been contaminated with a pill. I've tried everything, stuffing it in a favorite treat, wrapping in cheese, crushing and adding to wet food. Nope, he knows it's there and won't eat it. So his pill gets stuffed down his little throat.
            I was afraid of that...

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            • #7
              You can get an inhaler spacer and use an inhaler for kitty. It takes a little practice, but my Peri got used to it pretty quickly.

              Inhalers are expensive, though... if you're not squeamish, injectable bronchodilators are a cheaper fix for attacks. That's what Peri's internal medicine specialist was going to switch him over to, until we realized that he did not have asthma, but rather had a serious (and very very rare) lungworm infection.

              Yes, after almost $2000 in diagnostics, medications, x-rays, and specialists... it was a 10 day, $8 round of Panacur that fixed him. ::headdesk::

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              • #8
                My shelter kitty had it too. Vet said that persian and part persian kitties are prone to it. She didn't prescribe anything for it and by the time the cat was eight years old she seemed to outgrow it.

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                  Originally posted by Lazy Palomino Hunter View Post
                  You can get an inhaler spacer and use an inhaler for kitty. It takes a little practice, but my Peri got used to it pretty quickly.

                  Inhalers are expensive, though... if you're not squeamish, injectable bronchodilators are a cheaper fix for attacks. That's what Peri's internal medicine specialist was going to switch him over to, until we realized that he did not have asthma, but rather had a serious (and very very rare) lungworm infection.

                  Yes, after almost $2000 in diagnostics, medications, x-rays, and specialists... it was a 10 day, $8 round of Panacur that fixed him. ::headdesk::
                  Wow that crazy. Better for the kitty I suppose.

                  My cat was a shelter kitty as well. You know that first "free" check up, well its turned into over $1000 of vet bills to diagnose him with asthma/allergies.

                  I did injectable steroids for a couple months, but went back to the prednisone. I like having the pill so I can give it to him when he is having a really bad day.

                  I try not to keep him on anything consistently as if just doesn't help him enough to justify the possible side effects. If he feels god enough, to fly around my house than I think he is okay without meds.
                  I love cats, I love every single cat....
                  So anyway I am a cat lover
                  And I love to run.

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                  • #10
                    My younger cat who is about 4 years old has asthma. His is not as severe as yours sounds.

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                    • #11
                      Yep, mine's on inhaled steroids twice a day. The prednisone sent her into heart failure (she had an undiagnosed heart condition) last April, but she does well with the inhaler. Still has an asthma attack about once every 3-4 weeks, but they aren't really bad ones. She'll cough for about 15-20 seconds then is usually fine.

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                      • #12
                        My sister's cat had asthma, I know she treated him with prednisone. He was a shelter kitty as well, but they also live in LA so the air quality is never great. I think he was only 5 or 6 when he died. It was pretty out of the blue, he went to sleep under her bed and never woke up...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Beethoven View Post
                          Thankfully, he doesn't have asthma attacks too often.

                          He is managed on prednisone and chlor trimeton allergy pills. I don't give him a pred unless he is having a really bad day.

                          You can always hear him breathing. We jokingly call him darth vatar at times. He will be 8 this year and still runs and plays like crazy and is super friendly and cuddly.

                          I just worry about it cutting his life short, but so far so good.
                          you want to check its not a hair ball as cats do that when they have one

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                            Just Curious... and not to worry anyone but
                            So for those who live in areas where heartworms are prevalent... have you had your asthma cat checked for hw? It doesn't occur as frequently as it does in dogs but HWs are very under diagnosed in cats and many people don't think of cats getting them, but it often has asthma like symptoms. There is no treatment for cats with HW, which is why you should also keep your cats on hw prevention (I use Revolution) and yes even indoor cats.
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                            • #15
                              Had the cat checked for worms and X-rayed in case he had ruptured something from taking a long jump or something...

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                                Originally posted by CarolinaGirl View Post
                                So for those who live in areas where heartworms are prevalent... have you had your asthma cat checked for hw? It doesn't occur as frequently as it does in dogs but HWs are very under diagnosed in cats and many people don't think of cats getting them, but it often has asthma like symptoms.
                                As I mentioned earlier, my kitteh had lungworm. I'll echo CarolinaGirl's sentiment, but for lungworm.

                                A standard fecal does NOT test for lungworm, and standard deworming procedures do NOT kill them.

                                Peri was an inside cat and had none of the risk factors for an infection (he probably got it from sharing a litterbox with an infected cat in his foster home before I got him). Three regular vets and an internal medicine specialist were completely stumped... it was actually the radiologist at the specialist who looked at the x-rays and suggested that the pattern of lung and heart damage looked consistent with lungworm.

                                Here's what Peri sounded like when he was sick. He wheezed a good portion of the time (a la 0:06 and 0:56 in the video). He had breathing crises every few days, but I never managed to get one on video.

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