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Thats it... I'm contagious....

krdahmer
March 15th, 2008, 11:56 AM
Well first was Fagan with my anxiety and allergies... and now Buddy has my asthma! :sad::shrug:

We took him in on Wednesday afternoon for the coughing again and this time they took some xrays of his chest. Got a call back yesturday and after going over them with the other vet she thinks he has asthma. I have to pick up some pills monday, it was that or injections. Of what I'm not sure though because hubby answered the call and doesn't always get the whole story... you know that selective husband style listening.:rolleyes: That diagnosis really would explain a lot though, how he's always been a mouth breather, when he gets a URI he always has a terrible cough too, his slight wheezing when he purrs. The good thing is that so far I have never seen him struggling to breathe so I would imagine it can't be all that bad a case of it. :fingerscr

Anyhow I'm hoping if I go in at the right time monday I can discuss it with the vet myself and see the xrays too. (I always like to see it and have them point out what they are seeing... plus I paid $120 for them I ought to at least get a peek at them!:rolleyes::laughing: )

He coughed a little this morning, but it really seems to be getting better the last couple of days so hopefully whatever bug he picked up has run it's course.

Now how do you pill a 17lb cat who is stronger than you??? :laughing:

Frenchy
March 15th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Now how do you pill a 17lb cat who is stronger than you??? :laughing:

:sorry: good luck with that :eek: Are you sure your cats are not just allergic to humans ? :D Be careful they don't put YOU up for adoption on petfinder :laughing: free to good home human , cause : allergies :rolleyes:
Sorry about the diagnose :sad:

sugarcatmom
March 15th, 2008, 01:32 PM
You might want to look into inhaled meds for Buddy instead of oral corticosteroids (the injection is also a steroid). There is a spacer designed for cats called an Aerokat that allows human MDIs to be used (hey, you could share your inhaler with Buddy!). Less risky side-effects than with other steroids and it might even be easier to administer than pills. Here are some great sites for you to check out. One even has a video of a cat using the Aerokat.

http://www.fritzthebrave.com/index.html
http://www.fabcats.org/owners/asthma/index.php
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00200.htm

rainbow
March 15th, 2008, 01:52 PM
I don't have any advice but just wanted to give you and Buddy a hug. :grouphug: :grouphug:

ancientgirl
March 15th, 2008, 03:56 PM
Oh, I'm sorry about that diagnosis. Maybe those pill pockets will make it easy to give him the pills. Heck, Kiska is a 5 pound kitty, and I can barely give her medicine in a syringe! They are strong!!!!

otter
March 15th, 2008, 04:13 PM
You might want to look into inhaled meds for Buddy instead of oral corticosteroids (the injection is also a steroid). There is a spacer designed for cats called an Aerokat that allows human MDIs to be used (hey, you could share your inhaler with Buddy!). Less risky side-effects than with other steroids and it might even be easier to administer than pills. Here are some great sites for you to check out. One even has a video of a cat using the Aerokat.

http://www.fritzthebrave.com/index.html
http://www.fabcats.org/owners/asthma/index.php
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00200.htm

Sounds like a really good idea!

Not a great diagnosis but it's good that it's something you are familiar with and probably can help lessen it's effects.

but.... i'm with Frenchy, i'd be watching their computer usage, just to make sure they aren't trying to get rid of you :laughing:

hazelrunpack
March 15th, 2008, 04:22 PM
Sheesh! kradahmer, could there be something in your house?! :eek:

Sorry poor Buddy has asthma...but at least it's treatable. And if you can share your meds, it'll be cheaper in the long run. :rolleyes:

I wish I could see the video of the cat using the inhaler--I just can't picture how that would work! :o hazel has enough trouble figuring out how to dose herself and can't imagine having to convince a cat to breathe in at the right time. :o

krdahmer
March 15th, 2008, 04:45 PM
Aw thanks so much everyone... and you guys are too funny... allergic to me... :laughing:....:o (wait that isn't actually possible right:confused:...:rolleyes::laughing:)


You might want to look into inhaled meds for Buddy instead of oral corticosteroids (the injection is also a steroid). There is a spacer designed for cats called an Aerokat that allows human MDIs to be used (hey, you could share your inhaler with Buddy!). Less risky side-effects than with other steroids and it might even be easier to administer than pills. Here are some great sites for you to check out. One even has a video of a cat using the Aerokat.

http://www.fritzthebrave.com/index.html
http://www.fabcats.org/owners/asthma/index.php
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00200.htm
Thanks for those links, I imagine that chamber is along the same lines as the one you use for young children and how great would it be if we could share a puffer... I have benefits!!! :thumbs up


Sheesh! krdahmer, could there be something in your house?! :eek:

Sorry poor Buddy has asthma...but at least it's treatable. And if you can share your meds, it'll be cheaper in the long run. :rolleyes::fingerscr

That's kind of what I'm affraid of Hazel, mold... with all that flooding and the visible water stains on the wall in the basement along the floor, I have a feeling that at some point in the past here water sat for a while down there. We have been lucky thus far with the melting that there hasn't been any more flooding. The landlord is supposed to come do something down there any day now... but I'm affraid of what he might find if he rips down the walls, and am trying to convince my parents to let me leave the cats in their basement while the work is done... so far they aren't so keen on 6 kitties in their basement. :shrug: (I believe the mold is very dangerous if it's disturbed and becomes airborn right?... and I know if he does the work himself it'll be a huge mess. That he'll probably leave for me...:frustrated:)

krdahmer
March 15th, 2008, 04:47 PM
I don't have any advice but just wanted to give you and Buddy a hug. :grouphug: :grouphug:

Aw thanks we love hugs... :grouphug:

Oh, I'm sorry about that diagnosis. Maybe those pill pockets will make it easy to give him the pills. Heck, Kiska is a 5 pound kitty, and I can barely give her medicine in a syringe! They are strong!!!!

I actually saw those at the local pet store so I may give them a try. While I'm at the vets I'll ask about the inhaled option too.

Frenchy
March 15th, 2008, 04:49 PM
That's kind of what I'm affraid of Hazel, mold...

That would be a logical explanation to all of this. :sad:

Love4himies
March 16th, 2008, 10:10 AM
I agree, it may be mold. I purchased a second hand humidifer and set it up in my bedroom. It was giving off mold spores into the air as I discovered days later as they settled on the furniture. Anywho, Snowball would have fits of sneezing and coughing at night when he was sleeping with me while the humidifier was on. Ended up throwing it out (the humidifier, not the cat):D.

rainbow
March 16th, 2008, 01:58 PM
I also think it is likely the mold. It is very unhealthy and causes a host of health problems. :eek: I would be looking for another place to live. :o

hazelrunpack
March 16th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I think I'd be looking, too, krdahmer...at least while he's working in the basement. If he does it right, he'll get the pro's in to work on it--if he does it himself, it could get very unhealthy in there! :eek:

Is there some sort of a city or health inspector you could get out there to check it out first? They could require a professional cleaning if it's bad enough to warrant it... Although as a down side, if it's bad enough, they may declare it unfit for habitation...and then you'd have to find a place for you and the kitties, both! :o