My indoor/outdoor, once a stray, male cat, Inky, that I estimated at 14 yrs old, who is being treated for the hyperthyroidism since 10-2007 has a sinus problem that has progressed over the past couple of years. Many years ago, I vaguely recall complaining to the Vet that Inky was making a gulping noise, like he had a nasal drip. He was given an antibiotic and it went away. I only mention this because I understand Feline Herpes can remain dormant for years. About a couple of years ago, Inky started with coughing spells and swallowing hard, once again like he had a sinus drip. Periodic visits to the Vet never indicated lung congestion. Their suggestion was to try an antibiotic, but I figured it was allergies and didn't want to medicate him unnecessarily. This year-round condition eventually progressed into including severe sneezing bouts, sometimes with nasty mucus discharge (no blood) and watery eyes (no signs of conjunctivitis). His breathe was consistently bad, no doubt from the mucus drip and infection. So I put him on Clavamox and things settled down, but came back pretty quickly once off the meds. I just figured this is one of those chronic conditions that will keep recurring. Well his last bout was so severe and his breathing became labored. I took him in for treatment and the doc said she heard a slight wheezing. He got a shot to open up his air passages and also an anti-inflammatory and is back on Clavamox. The doc mentioned possible cardiomyopathy, which really alarmed me. It's now day 6, his breathing appears normal and he hasn't had a coughing or sneezing attack (just a tiny infrequent short cough or little sneeze) since the Vet visit, but he has been really lethargic. He never stopped eating or drinking throughout the ordeal. So now that you have the details, here is my problem. I can't figure out for sure what condition Inky has since he doesn't exhibit all the symptoms of Sinusitis or Rhinitis. I am afraid once he is done with the Clavamox, the problem will surface again like it did before. I don't like the idea of giving him an antihistamine, but what other options do I have to control this so as to not develop into another infection? I've tried L-lysine supplements and immune balance supplements, but they didn't help (although I never gave him these supplements when he was clear of problems). The Vet mentioned having him get a cardiogram or something to the tune of $350 to $400. I am unemployed and just cannot afford that and don't necessarily think that is his problem. Anyone have a cat problem like this and what do you do? Sorry this was so long.
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7/7/09 at 12:11pm