Well, after a week of illness among our 10 house cats, the saga continued last night. This is unbelievable! Last week, Pepper began coughing suddenly one night. Coughing in cats is definitely not a good thing, so I took him to our vet the next day. XRAYs showed a vague bronchial pattern, no fever, so the decision was to give him a small dose of steroid and antibiotic; treating a possible asthma episode and URI. Well, that was Friday. That night, he started sneezing, as did several others. Saturday, Samantha was in respiratory distress and had big time mucous dripping, so off she went as well. They did XRAY's, same result, and treated her with aminophylin, antibiotic and steroid. By Sunday she was a different animal...dramatic improvement. But, on Sunday her best friend Ellie, (they were adopted together), was in respiratory distress; Her turn. Meanwhile, I had more coughing and sneezing. By the time I got back home Sunday we were treating 5 out of 10 with antibiotics. Took Pepper back Tuesday and now HE had fever; more injections and oral antibiotics, and by Wednesday evening I thought everyone was on the road to recovery. BUT, Thursday morning Samantha was coughing, and when I got home from work she was again in respiratory distress. Back to the vet; more XRAYs, more injections...and this morning she is SO much better. She goes back Saturday for a check, and is getting oral antibiotics still. Vet says if this is kennel cough she's never seen it so bad...Overall 7 out of 10 have had at least some symptoms, and these are strictly house cats; NO ONE goes outside! Cannot figure out what in the world is going on. If things don't improve, one will have a lung lavage so a fluid sample can be sent to the lab to try to isolate the culprit bacteria. Thanks for letting me dump all of this...I'm exhausted from vet visits and worry; It's like having kids...you hear them cough and sneeze all night...some of them climb up on my chest in bed to cough or sneeze on me...it's like they're aying "Mom I don't feel well...help me". I'll keep you posted....
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6/7/02 at 4:37am