Thank you for this info. from me, too, Sally.  I've got 2 sick cats and a sick 
dog, and have been sick myself, so I am way behind.

Sally Davis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
    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 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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