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Old May 17th, 2010, 10:48 AM
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Kitten Wheezing-mystery!

I have a kitten with a hard to figure out problem! I got him from a shelter about 3 weeks ago, he had a little wheeze then, and had just been neutered, and had a undescended testicle, which that had to pull down to fix him, because that's the shelters policy before adoption.
They told us he came from a house with 60! cats, that was busted up a few months earlier, he was just a baby when it happened. The kitten, Butters, is 15 weeks old now. I took him to the vet and they put him on Clavamox for 2 weeks, but they didn't give me enough meds and I ran out in 11 days...Dr. didn't want to do another round of antibiotics, even though he is still stuffy and wheezing.
He has no discharge from the nose, eyes very slightly watery once and awhile, no sneezing or coughing. Butters eats well and plays, but wheezes a lot when he is running around. So the Dr. is not much help, they don't know what is wrong, his mom was tested for Feline leukemia/AIDS, and was negative. They tested Butters last week for the same and he was negative. He has been getting L-lysine for a week, doesn't seem to do anything but we're keeping it up.

I would love to help this poor little guy! Anyone have any ideas?
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Old May 17th, 2010, 10:55 AM
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I'd take the little guy to another vet. Doesn't seem like the one you took him to has much interest. I don't believe a kitten that is healthy should be wheezing.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 11:23 AM
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Could it be asthma? Do you smoke, use carpet deodorizer? I agree with your vet, your cat probably doesn't need the antibiotics as it also may be viral.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 11:41 AM
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Nope, we don't smoke, use all natural cleaning products, try to keep a chemical free house. We feed him wellness kitten food which I think is pretty good stuff too.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 12:00 PM
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Yes, Wellness kitten Canned is a great food. Kibble is not the best for your kitty. I compare kibble to eating crackers all day, everyday, then only being able to use your tongue to get water into your body. Not very efficient in hydrating the body in my books .

Here is a terrific website:
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This is my favourite on kitty nutrition:

http://www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm


I would talk to the vet about asthma if it doesn't clear up on its own. And you are right, the L lysine doesn't hurt.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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I feed him canned wellness primarily, with some kibble hanging around in the bowl so he can stuff himself as necessary, he's a little underweight.
The vet said I could mix some A/D in there too, which I am going to get today...

Is there much you can do for kitty asthma? It is spring, and beautiful out here so I have the windows open...it is better to shut in the asthmatic kitty?
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