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Does My Cat Have Asthma?

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We recently got a new toy that Shelly goes bonkers for. It's a wand toy, and we make him run and jump for it. But after just a minute or two of play, we can hear him breathing really hard. Making kind of noises. It's not like when we play with Lazlo with the feather wand toy - Lazlo growls when he grabs the feather. Shelly's noises are different. He doesn't appear to be gasping or anything - but neither of the other two cats appears to breathe as hard when playing/running/jumping.

Shelly doesn't appear to be struggling to breathe, but it is like "hard" breathing combined with a noise that's hard to describe. It's not wheezing, and it's not a gurgling noise - something kind of inbetween.

Should we take him (and the toy) to the Vet to have him checked out? Or is this simply his "kill" noise?

We've never noticed it before (and for those of you who don't know me, he's been here since July). But this toy makes him go more nuts than other other toy we've had before. He'll jump about four feet into the air for it, do backflips, and run like a banshee.

post #2 of 7

When we first got Cooper..... I thougth she had asthma...
Nick informed me it was called purring - duh

Sorry to inturrupt your post!

Just wanted to share!!!

You should take Shelly to the vet and have him checked out (just to be on the safe side)

Please keep us updated!
post #3 of 7
Hi Laurie

When I first brought Spike home, I noticed the same thing with him. Whenever he ran around chasing his toys, he'd end up panting... and it scared me. When I took him to the vet to ask about asthma, they gave me their usual "she's a crazy cat lady" look and dismissed me. I ended up just putting the toy away once he started panting when we played. As he got older, he seemed to grow out of the panting, for which I was very happy. So I don't know if it was asthma or not, and I know it's really no help to you, but I thought I'd share what happened.
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Midnight (now deceased) developed asthma when she was eleven years old. We noticed she was more lethargic(sp?), coughing occasionally, and was also panting if she exerted herself. I took Midnight to the vet for an evaluation and the vet suspected asthma. An x-ray of Midnight's lungs showed changes indicating asthma and the results of a blood test confirmed the diagnosis. The vet prescribed a steriod, (prednisone) and after two doses of the medication we noticed a big improvement in Midnight's breathing and level of activity.

I agree with Lhezzza, you should take Shelly to the vet for an evaluation. As far as I know, an x-ray of the cat's lungs is necessary for a diagnosis of asthma.
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Thread Starter 
Well - we haven't seen the Vet for any of the inside cats for at least a month! It's about time to take at least one of them over there.

We already ARE the crazy cat people. Every one over at the Vets calls Gary "The Cat Man of Blairstown."

Who would have ever a thunk it? LOL! My cat-hating husband not only a cat lover, but - The Cat Man of anywhere!
post #6 of 7

Asthma is not real common in ferals, the cats that normally get asthma are the domesticated breeds and those who live in a shelter for awhile.

It could be an allergy to the toy, it could be Shelley just has a different type of metabolism that makes him work harder at playing. The usual signs of asthma in cats are episodes of difficulty breathing, that occur quickly, as well as wheezing and a decreased desire to exercise. Coughing and open mouth panting or breathing is a cautionary sign of this disease.

I would take a guess and say that Shelley probably does not have asthma, but he could have another underlying condition that might even involve his heart. Only a vet can tell you if that is a possibility or not.

I have one feral that even as a kitten he would breathe so rapidly it would disturb me. I have carted Kabota off to the vets so many times trying to find out what is wrong with him. Nothing was every determined to be wrong with him, other than he apparently has to breathe quicker than most cats. Sometimes, they are just victims of their genetic makeup- and because we love them so much we stress over them and worry about them.

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...and hug them and pet them and chase them and hold them and....

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