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rapture February 3rd, 2013 01:58 PM

Indoor cat - Dry cough attacks - heavy breathing - can't get comfortable
 
:shrug:Hi there I have a Cat named Banks and he is a 2 year old bermise mix.
He is an indoor cat and has not had any problems with his health till about a week ago.
He first started throwing up and was crying and hiding, so we took him to the vet.
The vet gave him some meds and sent him home.

He stopped throwing up for about 2 days and seemed fine.
All of a sudden he started crying and walking around unsettled. (he never cries)
We took him to the vet again and they took x rays , did blood work , and gave him a iv.
The blood work came back normal except for his CK levels were abnormally high.
The same night he came back home he started with a dry cough, almost like he is trying to cough up a hairball but nothing comes out.
He as also started breathing heavier and i can hear a little wheezing in his breath. Breathing seems to be abnormal but his mouth is not open when he breaths. He is acting normal (eating , drinking , playing) but then he has a coughing attack and cant get comfortable all of a sudden.
He is also getting a little more tired now and can't really play as long.
He also does not wake up in the morning as fast he kinds drifts out , usually he is up and running the second we get up.
I took him back to the vet and he said that it is nothing to worry about!
I Just don't understand why all of a sudden my cat has been sick for the past week.
I have not slept much in the past week and I am worried about him.
We got him as a kitten and i have suffered a broken leg so i have spent the past year and a half with him everyday. I really want him to get better and do not want a doctor to say he is just fine and something happens to him.
I e mailed him again today and told him I want to bring banks back to the vet.
Any advice?

pattymac February 3rd, 2013 02:12 PM

I'd be finding another vet asap!!

rapture February 3rd, 2013 02:23 PM

[QUOTE=pattymac;1053317]I'd be finding another vet asap!![/QUOTE]
The weird thing is this vet is HIGHLY recommended.
He gave me the x ray for free , never charged me for the second visit and cut my bill in alf for the first visit.
That tells me he really cares and is not money hungry, like my last vet I took Banks to when he first threw up.
He seems like a really caring vet and gave me his number to call if Banks has any problems and is really gentle with him and thorough when he does a check up on banks.
I just don't understand why he thinks that nothing is wrong with Banks though doesn't really add up....
I am taking him back tomorrow for another check up, x ray and blood work.
I have a feeling it's either asthma or a respiratory infection.
If he says there is nothing wrong with him tomorrow another vet it is.
I hope something shows in the x ray or blood work (nothing serious though) tomorrow and I can get him the right medication to help him.
Thanks for the reply

Barkingdog February 3rd, 2013 03:56 PM

[QUOTE=rapture;1053315]:shrug:Hi there I have a Cat named Banks and he is a 2 year old bermise mix.
He is an indoor cat and has not had any problems with his health till about a week ago.
He first started throwing up and was crying and hiding, so we took him to the vet.
The vet gave him some meds and sent him home.

He stopped throwing up for about 2 days and seemed fine.
All of a sudden he started crying and walking around unsettled. (he never cries)
We took him to the vet again and they took x rays , did blood work , and gave him a iv.
The blood work came back normal except for his CK levels were abnormally high.
The same night he came back home he started with a dry cough, almost like he is trying to cough up a hairball but nothing comes out.
He as also started breathing heavier and i can hear a little wheezing in his breath. Breathing seems to be abnormal but his mouth is not open when he breaths. He is acting normal (eating , drinking , playing) but then he has a coughing attack and cant get comfortable all of a sudden.
He is also getting a little more tired now and can't really play as long.
He also does not wake up in the morning as fast he kinds drifts out , usually he is up and running the second we get up.
I took him back to the vet and he said that it is nothing to worry about!
I Just don't understand why all of a sudden my cat has been sick for the past week.
I have not slept much in the past week and I am worried about him.
We got him as a kitten and i have suffered a broken leg so i have spent the past year and a half with him everyday. I really want him to get better and do not want a doctor to say he is just fine and something happens to him.
I e mailed him again today and told him I want to bring banks back to the vet.
Any advice?[/QUOTE]

Are you using kind of air freshers in your home or other kinds sprays? Do think it could have anything do with your heat , maybe you check your heater out, there could carbon monoxide in the your house that making your cat sick

rapture February 3rd, 2013 08:40 PM

[QUOTE=Barkingdog;1053327]Are you using kind of air freshers in your home or other kinds sprays? Do think it could have anything do with your heat , maybe you check your heater out, there could carbon monoxide in the your house that making your cat sick[/QUOTE]

Hey yeah I will check my heat. thanks for the advice
I dont use crazy chemicals but do use windex but I have stopped using it now.
I cant wait to see the vet tomorrow. Imma be up with banks tonight again....

pattymac February 3rd, 2013 08:59 PM

do you have a humidifier? It may help ease his cough a bit. If you don't then even a large pot of boiling water will put some moisture into the air for him.

marko February 4th, 2013 08:06 AM

Good advice on the pot of water/humidifier pattymac.

[QUOTE]I have a feeling it's either asthma or a respiratory infection.[/QUOTE]

Based on what you have written, those seem like good hunches to me as well!
Please keep us updated.


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