I'm just wondering, what do y'all think--do we imagine facial
expressions on our cats -- and put our own interpretation on them -- or
do they actually reflect a real mood?!
Lynne's mention of BooBoo scowling makes me think of one of my ferals
who I swear looks, in turn, frequently pissed off at me (when I won't
let him mix without supervision -- he sprays), guilty (when he gets the
better of me, and sprays), and disdainful (when I bring one of my tame
cats to see him and his Buddy). One of my tame cats, Katyis, also has a
marvellous "indignant" expression that he pulls on me following (to my
mind) imagined slights. 


[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynne
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 8:29 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: breathing difficulties

No, he didn't aspirate.  I gave the water immediately after the doxy so
I don't know which caused it.  I think he was hyperventilating.  I
stayed with him til he calmed down and went to sleep, and honestly I'm
afraid to go upstairs.  I'm sure he does sense my anxiety.  He does not
like to be held or confined in any manner.  What bugs me though is when
we go to the vet, the vet can do anything to him, give him pills, take
his temp and BooBoo will just go limp, won't argue, fight, nothing, just
Better go upstairs and make sure he's just sleeping.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: laurieskatz <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  
        To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
        Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 9:02 AM
        Subject: Re: breathing difficulties

        Did he aspirate? Was the problem after the water or after the
doxy? Maybe the water isn't working with him. I would call the vet and
ask about this. Our vet told us we had to give the doxy directly (not
mixed in food). Midas hated it too. 
        It's really important thing is for YOU to be calm before you
give him the meds and don't think about it before you actually do it.
This is how I got Frankie, a formerly feral kitten, to take inhaled
meds. I had to calm my own mind. I also think they can sense if we are
going to give them a med so I didn't think about it before I sat down to
do it. It did help. Our cats sense our "mood"...I hope this makes sense.
I just got up.

                ----- Original Message ----- 
                From: Lynne <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  
                To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
                Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 7:53 AM
                Subject: breathing difficulties

                I had a frightening event with BooBoo this morning.  He
hates being given this Doxy and fights me.  I gave him some water via
syringe after it as well.  Suddenly he started gasping for air,
breathing through his mouth for about 10 minutes.  He is anemic and
breathes heavily under normal circumstances.  I can't imagine what kind
of stress the Interferon shots are going to cause him.  Should I try
mixing this Doxy with his wet food?  It's doubtful he would get the
appropriate dosage if I did because he is a light eater.  I'm beginning
to think that I'm fighting a losing battle here and perhaps it would be
best to just let nature take its course without intervention.  I hate
this.  One minute he seems perky and now he's just exhausted.  I spent
the time with him while he was having problems breathing comforting him,
just to get him settled down and even his purring was excessively loud.
I don't know how much more this little guy can tolerate.
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