Marilyn thank you for reminding me of that.  My husband keeps telling me that 
this is what cats do as well.  I probably drive the little guy nuts by checking 
him out every half hour.  He's different in all ways from our Lennie and our 
former Chuck.  They were very dependant cats, wanting a lot of holding and 
petting.  Not this guy.  If you pet him too much he will get up, turn away from 
you,, collapse and bury his face between his paws and shoot nasty glances.  
He's very much aloof.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marylyn 
  Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 10:24 PM
  Subject: Re: coughing

  Please remember that cats normally sleep around 75% of the time.   We are 
supposed to sleep over 30%.  He may just be doing what cats do.  Please don't 
read too much into things.  It will rob you of the pleasure of his company.  I 
learned the hard way.    

  On Feb 22, 2008, at 8:05 PM, Lynne wrote:

    Thanks Sally.  From what I read on those sites, BooBoo's situation sounds 
more chronic than acute.  He has a bit of runny nose, snorts when he eats and 
occasionally sneezes.  It seems to be more of a nuisance than a problem.  I've 
told the vet about it but he kind of dismissed it.

    Boo has had 2 really good days.  His breathing is pretty much normal now 
and he went out for fresh air twice today.  He was being all sweet and purring 
tonight.  I'm afraid Bob and I are really spoiling him.  We get our exercise by 
running upstairs every half hour or so to tell him what a good boy he is.  He's 
very tired though and sleeps most of the time.  We don't expect a lot from him 
but he seems pretty content.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Sally Davis
      Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 8:46 PM
      Subject: Re: coughing

      Hi Lynne

      It is one of several viruses that cause most kitty colds/flu it is : 

      Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus type 1 or FHV-1) causes 
acute respiratory illness known as rhinotracheitis (or feline herpesvirus 
infection). The virus affects domestic and wild cats worldwide.

      The following website gives more information

      They can test for it. The other common virus is FCV feline calicivirus

      Hope this helps. I assume Junior has the 1st one because of the eye 
infection he had a year ago is classic symptom. The FCV causes mouth ulcers. 
Junior does not get these.

      How is BooBoo doing?


      On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM, Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

        Sally, when you refer to herpes which herpes virus are you referring 
to, the one that is sexually transmitted or the one that causes cold sores.  I 
just noticed today that BooBoo seems to have a bit of a discharge from his 
eyes, nothing I would personally be alarmed about, kind of like any other 
animal that gets a bit of gunk in his eyes.  We've started him back on his 
Doxycycline because the breathing issue seems to have settled.  My vet didn't 
bother to culture the fluid on his lungs so who knows what we are dealing with 
here.  Like I've said, I really like this vet on a personal level but he is so 
determined that Boo is going to die, TODAY, that in my opinion he isn't being 
conscientious enough.  Every time we talk to him or see him, he says the same 
thing, "you understand that this is the end stage" and he doesn't really seem 
to want to save him.  Gosh, even this very cynical doctor in our building at 
work asked me about him yesterday and told me to offer as much paliative care 
as is reasonable before euthanizing him.  This doc is so funny.  He took time 
off work to go and assist in the spaying of his dog along with his vet. 

        I don't know if you have access to Recovery food but it is the only 
thing our BooBoo will eat and he eats a good amount of it.  The main ingredient 
is chicken liver and fish oil.  I tried giving him regular chicken liver but he 
turned his nose up at it.  It's 2 bucks a can.  I think it's a good deal though 
because a little seems to fill him up.  Our other pig cat will eat anything you 
put in front of him, except this, fortunately.

          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Sally Davis
          Sent: Friday, February 22, 2008 5:33 PM
          Subject: Re: coughing

          This sounds like what I am going through with Junior. He is now off 
antibiotics and getting chlorpheneramine to relieve congestion. He is about the 
same after a month. I think his is herpes as well. He also has the eye crud 
typical of herpes. He has been receiving L Lysine for over a year. I can only 
assume it slows the herpes virus down.

          A little over a month ago I decided to change his canned catfood. He 
is now eating Blue Buffalo Spa Selects. He likes the fishy kinds the most. He 
was having issues with his coat and this was a test to see if it helped. His 
fur was all over the house and always came out in clumps. I am happy to report 
he is no longer losing fur in clumps. His coat is still scruffy as my vet calls 
it, but I think that is more a grooming issue. Before he was on canned IAMS. He 
still free feeds on IAMS multicat. I have se veral porkers in the house, I was 
hoping this would help. Not sure it has made any difference other than the 
catfood bill going up. I need to weigh one of them to see.

          A very nasty day here in VA. Hope everyone is warm.


          On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 11:29 PM, catatonya <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

            I'm currently having similar problems with my Sneaker.  His lungs 
are clear.  He has had an upper resp. infection for weeks now, months really.  
they did a culture and found he had a staph infection, but that part is cleared 
up. He is on his 4th round of antibiotics..... the vet thinks it's viral and 
could be herpes.  He hasn't been a ton of help. If anyone has any ideas I would 
love to hear them.

            Belinda Sauro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
              This really got my curiosity, my Joey has episodes where his purr 
              sounds wet, rumbly and his breathing too, is how I would 
described it to 
              my vet. She has checked his lungs when he is having one of these 
              episodes and says his lungs are clear, that it is contained to 
              sinuses. He has never had coughing but I'm curious, can he have 
              without coughing. These epsodes don't seem to bother him, they 
              me more than him, he doesn't seem to notice them at all.


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