Try spraying Rescue Remedy or Cat Nap around him a few minutes before you pill him. Check with a holistic vet if you are having trouble with the status quo. Basically, ask yourself what you have to gain and what you have to lose. It is an awful situation. Been there. Done that. With various critters and various physical problems. I would never give up the total pleasure of their company and the wisdom of their teachings........in spite of the frustration and pain and all the other emotions..........each friend taught me and gave me so much. Here is where I get too emotional.
On Feb 23, 2008, at 8:25 AM, Lynne wrote:

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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