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Asthma in cats

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    Asthma in cats

    One of my Burmese has been diagnosed with Asthma. The visible signs of this are breathing difficulties, snotty nose and much sneezing and coughing. The treatment I am giving her is a special dry-up powder on her food, for her nose problem, a special tablet every other day for the internal problems. I have to clean her nose of dry snot every few hours.

    However, on the other side of the coin she eats well and general demeanour is good. She is quite active and sleeps properly as the symptoms die down when she relaxes.

    I am posting this.

    1) In case someone else has this and doesn't know what it is.

    2) If someone does have this problem, how did they deal with it. Am I dealing with this OK or am I missing something?

    I have had many cats over many years, but I've never met this before.

    Last year, being so hot caused a lot of hay fever in the UK where we live and I did suspect this might have been the cause.

    People think grass. I think tree dust is more likely.

    Anyone out there got any ideas?

    rat.

    (No not one of those, it's just the way I sign off).

    The attached sketch is the young lady I am talking about.Sophie-sketch.jpg

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    Your asthmatic cat is a pretty kitty. What is her name?

    I have no experience with asthma but one of my previous cats (Wilbur) had almost 30 allergies by the time he died. They included a variety of grasses, trees, flowers, weeds, fungi, molds, and animals, so it wes a year-round battle even though he never went outside.

    If trees are causing it, that would be pollen, not dust. The problem could be reduced by keeping her inside and the windows shut. Chances are she has more than one allergy. A blood test identifies specific allergens. Do you live near any veterinary hospitals with specialists such as universities?

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    I haven't had a cat with asthma, but you can read a useful article about it here, including treatments. SOURCE



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    I would get a baby vaporizer and have it blowing at her but not on her, I'd put colloidal silver in it instead of something like vicks. The steam will clear her airways and the silver is a natural antibiotic to clear up any infection she may have
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    Thank you Alpha 1 for your most helpful video. There were a couple of pointers in there that I had long suspected. The first one was that Sophie was bought at 6months old from a breeder who thought she wasn't good enough to show. He had an open fireplace and all the cats lay in front of it most of the time. That included Sophie. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that wasn't the residual source of our problem.

    The second was that things might be happening inside the household that might trigger allergies.


    Sophie has turned out to be a most beautiful, resourceful and attentive companion a person could want. This is why I made the posting. Any help at all is better than none.

    I am not really surprised to learn that it is not uncommon. The vet on your video was most instructive and I must say, more helpful than my local vet who said, she's got asthma, this is what we'll do, the rest is up to you.

    Thanks again. I most grateful for your help.

    rat.

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    If you are not happy with your own vet, request Sophie's medical records to take somewhere else.

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    There isn't a somewhere else. So I am doing my best. Working so far.

    rat.

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    Do you take your cats to a practice with only one veterinarian? If there are more, seeing another one in the same clinic can help a little.

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    Believe it or not, the best advice I ever received came from a locum who was there for only one day. I have owned cats for so long and seen to all their problems I reckon I almost qualify for being a locum myself. Lol.

    rat.

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    What is a locum?

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    Locum means a temporary assistant. For a vet, this means fully qualified. The one I met travelled all over the country doing it. Must have paid well, I guess. Doctor's practices have them as well. Another bunch amplifying their income.

    rat.

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