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post #151 of 184

you will want to count the number of breathes when he's sleeping. it should be 30 or under. Honeybee was 45 breathes a minute in her sleep. now it's 30-35. it's definitely better.

 

 

also no more perfume or fabric softner.

 

no scented chemicals or candles. Just like people who have allergies...you have to eliminate this..dust is a big deal. My home is forced hot air and I struggle daily to clean the dust. She is long haired and seems to collect dust all the time..I just don't have the time to deep clean like I should but I try to do some every week. Here it is March and we still got snow a few days ago...I was hoping spring/summer would get here sooner...because once the furnace shuts off she gets much better. We also have an air purifier=whirlpool whisper I think  it's called..its $300 at Sears but works the BOMB. I've got it on turbo setting lately due to the dust. I need another one but right now don't have a place to put it.

 

anyways check out feline asthma and see what you find.

 

We use the Aerokat and you can find videos on youtube..honeybee only took a few days to train=trick is leaving it on the floor and let her sniff it...and treats..and treats...everytime I put it on her face-head and she didn't pull away I gave treats...soon she figured out that mom feeds her if she lets me put this strange mask on her muzzle. So it does take time to train...but it's doable.

post #152 of 184
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Thank you for the information! He hasn't coughed again today... but the weirdest part.. I had a cat with asthma! And he wouldn't be able to play.

However, Calvin is an insane player. He will do backflips and leaps for toys and play all night. He has never panted or needed to slow down.

He doesn't have x-rays because I'm on a money crunch frown.gif but he was seen by a vet 2 weeks ago who checked his heart as well as his lungs and breathing and she said he was perfect and head no wheezing or anything. :/ hmm!!
post #153 of 184
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I almost wonder if it is something triggered by dust. Could be allergies. Or asthma. He has also been sneezing.
post #154 of 184

maybe he has a kitty cold??

post #155 of 184
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Originally Posted by foxxycat View Post

maybe he has a kitty cold??

If you have been following this he is otherwise healthy. With cat flu you get lethargy and fever which is not the case here.
post #156 of 184
Yes I have been following. I am just putting suggestions out there. Not all cat colds are lethargic. One of my girls sneezes a lot in the winter and she isn't lethargic=she often gets colds but doesn't seem to stop her.
post #157 of 184
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The vet was saying it could be an old URI still giving him symptoms$?
post #158 of 184
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Originally Posted by weezercat View Post

The vet was saying it could be an old URI still giving him symptoms$?


....take a deep breath..... I do understand that you're really concerned about his health, especially after losing your other cat.

Calvin is eating, using his litterbox and playing VERY actively.
Is that correct?

You have a handsome lovely kitty. If he's sneezing from dust, then take a little time to clean...

Many of the members here are likely to be a little behind on vacuuming up cat hair and dust bunnies and especially dusting under the bed. I KNOW I fall in that category

I think Calvin will be just fine.
Maybe you want to start a notebook or journal about how he behaves and if he sneezes, how he plays and how he eats. Then, over a few days, you just look back and see if there is a change in his behavior.

I think you and Calvin will be just fine.
post #159 of 184
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Thank you SO much! I just vacuumed and... well. No sneezing! Even the weird purr is slightly better! Hmmm...

Calvin is just relaxing on my lap right now. To thank you guys I thought I would share this adorable pic smile.gif
post #160 of 184

@IndyJones is right.  Sometimes they just get a mad tickle in their throats, just as we do.  IF it continues over a period of time, or increases in duration/frequency, then check back with the vet, and go to @foxxycat 's advice.  You have the two best bit of information right there, for now!  I'm a little miffed that they beat me to the draw!  Late  again!

post #161 of 184

I have noticed that my Opie sneezes occasionally but He may have a few allergies like me. It is only once or twice a day so I am NOT worried. If I did NOT take my Zyrtec every morning I would not even be able to have a cat period.

post #162 of 184
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Thank you all so much! Im just obsessing over the possibility he might cough again. :/ so far it was only the one time. It's been a day and a half and he's completely normal. Sigh. Can I just relax for 5 mins? Lol!
post #163 of 184

LOL...you are really having it rough.  May I recommend meditation and New Age soundtracks?  They've worked wonders for me!  

post #164 of 184
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Hahaha! I'm just so annoyed with myself. My old cats ENTIRE life he coughed and I thought nothing of it! Wasn't even worried! And now after everything I am on such a red alert. I thought I would be so normal after the vet visit. Lol! Guess I was wrong.
post #165 of 184
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Also I will add - I checked Calvin's breathing while he was relaxed! He was right about 20 Breaths per min.

post #166 of 184
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Hahaha! I'm just so annoyed with myself. My old cats ENTIRE life he coughed and I thought nothing of it! Wasn't even worried! And now after everything I am on such a red alert. I thought I would be so normal after the vet visit. Lol! Guess I was wrong.

No, not really. You were surprised by how quickly your old cat sickened and died. You wonder if you should have "known" somehow that he was sick. You wonder if there was anything you "could'a, should'a" done that would have changed the outcome.

Now, you're watching like a hawk for anything that looks like it could be a symptom of a serious disease. I think that's a relatively normal grief response.

You are overreacting a bit. You need to step back just a little from being "hyper-mom" and look at the issues over a day or two before reacting.

Sure, there are certain sets of symptoms you should never ignore or wait to see the vet about. You already know what those are.

Running to the vet all the time WILL exhaust your resources and your credit. You could schedule well-cat exams every 6 months, but that's usually unnecessary for young, healthy cats.

I believe several people have suggested keeping a journal. You can take pictures and weigh Calvin. You can make notes of what and how much he is eating and drinking and even take notes (or pictures) of the litterbox "deposits".

The journal will help you look at what his typical behaviors are, and gives you data you will be able to compare with whatever new behavior or difference you see (or feel). Slight differences in behavior could be trends that need to be checked, or just his day-to-day variation.

I'm sure you do know how to evaluate those things that are real problems, but your grieving process just isn't over for your older kitty.

Doing something that gives you a solid reference to use as Calvin gets older will be a huge help if he gets sick.

(Pro-)Actively creating a journal about Calvin's habits and quirks will also help you deal with the day-to-day things that scare you so much right now.

Sorry this turned out to be so long. I didn't mean to write an essay.....
post #167 of 184
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No, not really. You were surprised by how quickly your old cat sickened and died. You wonder if you should have "known" somehow that he was sick. You wonder if there was anything you "could'a, should'a" done that would have changed the outcome.

Now, you're watching like a hawk for anything that looks like it could be a symptom of a serious disease. I think that's a relatively normal grief response.

You are overreacting a bit. You need to step back just a little from being "hyper-mom" and look at the issues over a day or two before reacting.

Sure, there are certain sets of symptoms you should never ignore or wait to see the vet about. You already know what those are.

Running to the vet all the time WILL exhaust your resources and your credit. You could schedule well-cat exams every 6 months, but that's usually unnecessary for young, healthy cats.

I believe several people have suggested keeping a journal. You can take pictures and weigh Calvin. You can make notes of what and how much he is eating and drinking and even take notes (or pictures) of the litterbox "deposits".

The journal will help you look at what his typical behaviors are, and gives you data you will be able to compare with whatever new behavior or difference you see (or feel). Slight differences in behavior could be trends that need to be checked, or just his day-to-day variation.

I'm sure you do know how to evaluate those things that are real problems, but your grieving process just isn't over for your older kitty.

Doing something that gives you a solid reference to use as Calvin gets older will be a huge help if he gets sick.

(Pro-)Actively creating a journal about Calvin's habits and quirks will also help you deal with the day-to-day things that scare you so much right now.

Sorry this turned out to be so long. I didn't mean to write an essay.....

Actually thanks for this. I am a bit like the OP after losing Hector I tend to overreact whenever my cats eat less than normal.

Sometimes we just need to stop and think things through logically.
post #168 of 184
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Originally Posted by foxden View Post


No, not really. You were surprised by how quickly your old cat sickened and died. You wonder if you should have "known" somehow that he was sick. You wonder if there was anything you "could'a, should'a" done that would have changed the outcome.

Now, you're watching like a hawk for anything that looks like it could be a symptom of a serious disease. I think that's a relatively normal grief response.

You are overreacting a bit. You need to step back just a little from being "hyper-mom" and look at the issues over a day or two before reacting.

Sure, there are certain sets of symptoms you should never ignore or wait to see the vet about. You already know what those are.

Running to the vet all the time WILL exhaust your resources and your credit. You could schedule well-cat exams every 6 months, but that's usually unnecessary for young, healthy cats.

I believe several people have suggested keeping a journal. You can take pictures and weigh Calvin. You can make notes of what and how much he is eating and drinking and even take notes (or pictures) of the litterbox "deposits".

The journal will help you look at what his typical behaviors are, and gives you data you will be able to compare with whatever new behavior or difference you see (or feel). Slight differences in behavior could be trends that need to be checked, or just his day-to-day variation.

I'm sure you do know how to evaluate those things that are real problems, but your grieving process just isn't over for your older kitty.

Doing something that gives you a solid reference to use as Calvin gets older will be a huge help if he gets sick.

(Pro-)Actively creating a journal about Calvin's habits and quirks will also help you deal with the day-to-day things that scare you so much right now.

Sorry this turned out to be so long. I didn't mean to write an essay.....

Thank you SO much for this! It's so true. Everything asides from what I've listed is fine. He uses his litter often, he LOVES food, he is actively playing and has been checked by a vet not once but twice - once before I got him!

And I've only owned him for 2 months... There is a lot to still "know" about my new little guy. Maybe he coughs every once and a while - Or he has allergies I didn't notice yet! Going to try and relax :) You guys are all amazing.

post #169 of 184
Thread Starter 
Also one more symptom to note: he seems to be shaking his head as well???! I read that it could be related to allergies.... he also coughed again. Not a fit. Just a small sneeze cough. Sigh. Ok. Going to try and relax now. Lol.
Edited by weezercat - 3/20/17 at 6:01pm
post #170 of 184
Thread Starter 
And he let out a big cough sneeze! :/ I don't even know what to call it. I'm hoping it's maybe a cold working thru his system frown.gif
post #171 of 184

I'm thinking, if he is still clear-eyed, that allergies may be the issue, and they are almost ALL easily treatable.  This is good stuff.  

 

@foxden 's idea about a journal is wonderful on several fronts,  It will allow you to become familiar with what is normal for your cat, and see patterns in his habits and behaviors.  You will know immediately (and, of course, record) any deviations from the norm, and the journal will be invaluable to your vet if he actually does ever get sick.  I don't keep an actual journal on Hekitty, but I do have her medical notebook, and I write down any questions I have for her vet, as well as leaving a space to make notes on the answer, and if the problem was resolved and how.  It goes with her every trip to the vet she makes.  LOL...I have one just like it for me, come to think of it!

post #172 of 184
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I decided to take my journal to the vet! I called my vet today and asked her about it. I told her everything and she isn't concerned at all! She said that it could be a URI and she wouldn't want to put him on antibiotics unless it gets WORSE because the antibiotics are hard on the stomach! She told me not to be concerned but just watch him. She also said to use lysine!!
post #173 of 184

Sounds like good advice to me!  And I'm betting she is glad that you have that journal so you can give her the information she needs!

post #174 of 184
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much! He has been on 250 mg of lysine and he is ALREADY improving! The coughs have settled down and his little wheezy purr is even getting better! Still a couple coughs and sneezing but he seems to even have MORE energy!!!
post #175 of 184

That's excellent news!  :blobgreen

post #176 of 184
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He has been going crazy!! Running around, jumping, stealing magnets off the fridge....Lol!! I'm so glad he's doing better. Hope he keeps improving.

 

Does anyone know how much you should give a cat Lysine wise? 250-500 mg?

post #177 of 184

It's 1/4 teaspoon twice a day for the first few weeks then once he stabilizes on it just 1/4 teaspoon daily. I think it's 500mg but I could be wrong. I always used 1/4 tsp

 

 

 

So glad to hear he's improving!!  :bigthumb:

post #178 of 184

:woohoo:  This is excellent news!  Are you getting to relax a little more and just enjoy him now?

post #179 of 184
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You know me ;) I'll TRY! But who knows... Some other issue will pop up and I'll go crazy again! LOL

post #180 of 184

Well...that's what we're here for!  

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