Hi there - can anyone give any advice or say if they have experienced this with their cats?
Harry my lovely Ginger moggie, is 20 years old and has over the last few year started to really slow down ie sleeps most of the day etc. However since a couple of months ago, he has had difficulty breathing whenever he starts to purr. He's fine the rest of the time, but as soon as he jumps up on my lap and starts to purr, his breathing gets very laboured and raspy and he has to jump down and find a quiet place where it takes 5-10 minutes for him to get back to normal breathing.
I've obviously taken him to my vet, who is a little bit stumped. Harry has hyperthyroidism, and is in the first stages of renal failiure. He has had a course of antibiotics, on diuretics and on thyroid tablets. He has had an x-ray and that was all normal. His blood tests came back all within the normal range for his age.
It has become a real shame as we can no longer pick him up, stroke him for long, or sit on us as he has such difficulty breathing. He is still eating quite well and doing all his toilet habits OK.
Would really appreciate your thoughts / comments.