Absolutely Marilynn.  I know I shouldn't be looking for "abnormalities" but 
damn it his breathing seems to be labored again today.  He was purring 
excessively loud and started to breath through his mouth.  I managed to get his 
Lasix down him which causes hysteria in him but after that he ate all his food 
and is cleaning himself now, ears perked up and eyes wide open.  He looks 
wonderful today and seems to be in a better mood than normal but I have a 
feeling before the day is over he'll be heading to the vet to have more fluid 
removed from his lungs.  This is so frustrating.  I don't think he's getting a 
high enough doseage of Lasix.  There has to be something else to help him 
overcome this fluid accumulation.  

Lynne
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marylyn 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 7:59 AM
  Subject: Re: coughing


  Perhaps he has to remind you that petting HIM is an honor and privilege to be 
earned........and not by waking him up all the tmie.  How would you like it if 
someone insisted on waking you up in the middle of a dream where you were 
hunting mice?????


  On Feb 23, 2008, at 6:53 AM, Lynne wrote:


    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.

    Lynne
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Marylyn
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
      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.

        Lynne
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: Sally Davis
          To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
          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
          http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/rhinotracheitis/

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

          http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/calicivirus/index.shtml


          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?

          Sally

          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.

            Lynne
              ----- Original Message -----
              From: Sally Davis
              To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
              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.

              Sally



               
              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.
                tonya


                Belinda Sauro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
                  Laurie,
                  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 his 
                  sinuses. He has never had coughing but I'm curious, can he 
have asthma 
                  without coughing. These epsodes don't seem to bother him, 
they affect 
                  me more than him, he doesn't seem to notice them at all.

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