coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Lynne
Hi all. I've noticed that BooBoo gets these coughing spells. I described it to the vet and he says it sounds like fur balls. He does use his litter box so I don't think there is an obstruction or anything like that, but I'm not convinced this is the problem. I'll get some of that fur ball

Re: [PHISH]RE: Immuno-Regullin and exercise

2008-02-10 Thread Sue Frank Koren
Thank you for your advise. Yes, he love to run around and play like a maniac - after all he is only 8 - 10 months old and really still a kitten. He seems to get out of breath and his breathing is a little raspy when he has been playing hard, but maybe that is something that is normal for any

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Lynne
Thank Lance and Laurie for your advice. I definitely am going to start keeping a journal so when I do see the vet again I will have it all written down. To me it sounded like a fur ball cough, nothing came out though, but I also notice him licking his lips a lot and when he eats, he snorts.

Re: [PHISH]RE: Immuno-Regullin and exercise

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Me again. Mine don't eat if they have a cold, upset stomach or diarrhea (I sound like that commercial). Cats need to be able to smell their food. Coco won't eat her normal food when she has a hairball she is trying to get rid of. I usually find a hairball the next day and she is back on track

Re: [PHISH]RE: Immuno-Regullin and exercise

2008-02-10 Thread Lynne
Sue, I so know how you feel. I just posted about our little guy coughing. I didn't believe the positive test at first and asked for more blood work and it's worse than I thought. Now every little thing I think is unusual I panic about, like this coughing. I just don't know how none of this

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Asthma can look like a hairball cough. There are many other things it can be, too, if not a hairball. Lung worm, heartworm, upper respiratory. An asthma kitty can also have a wet sounding purr. The hairball cough are what both Keisha and Frankie had. Both have/had asthma. Frankie's attacks

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Lance
I'd just watch him closely for the next few days to see if the cough changes in any way. If it's going away, or seems to happen less, then it might not be anything to worry about. Ember did this weird panting thing several weeks ago, and it hasn't happened since. She may have had a

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Lynne, licking lips is indicative of upset stomach. Snorting is a new one. It really could just be a hairball...breathe and make notes! I know that I can easily go to a fear place. Frankie (blind, asthmatic and previously had pancreatitis) has been calling out in the night the past few nights.

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Belinda Sauro
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

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Belinda, Teddy had no coughing. He panted after exercise. Keisha and Frankie had/have the coughing. Frankie has coughed for 10 years (since the day I rescued him from my yard). Keisha really only coughed for about 2 months about 3 years ago (every day). Prednisone stopped it. She had two of the

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Hi Belinda, small world. Lucy has HCM. Her meds have greatly improved her quality of life. She is much more active now. Frankie's early chest xrays did not show the donuts as there was no damage yet. That is why my vet said it was not asthma. Inhaled meds have resulted in improvement in chest

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Belinda Sauro
Hi Laurie, Joey has never coughed, it is the panting he did but only when he was 5 months old and then put on the heart meds stoppd that but he looked very unhealthy. When he was checked a year later he was taken off the meds and given a clean bill of health for the heart disease. He

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Belinda Sauro
When Joey was about 5 months old he panted after playing, I took him to the vet and he sent me to a specialty place. They did lots of tests and said he was early HCM, this was in Missouri. Moved back her and a year later had him rechecked, he was on medication for his supposed heart

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Belinda Sauro
Sometimes it is, he doesn't gobble his food though, I try to make sure they get food several times a day, 4 or 5 times a day. Is the vomit undigested food? If yes, is he gobbling his food? -- Belinda happiness is being owned by cats ... Be-Mi-Kitties http://www.bemikitties.com

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread Belinda Sauro
Hi Laurie, Why would they take her off the meds? Joey will be on them for the rest of his life. He hasn't had to increase them because his HCM is progressing slowly, his thickening is about the same but his arotic value has dilated slightly more so there is progression. He is failry

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Belinda, that sounds like a challenge ~ HCM and CRF. Is the vomit undigested food? If yes, is he gobbling his food? Might check to see if the food refusal is connected with the vomiting (refusing before or after). I wonder if the panting might be associated with the HCM (if his heart is

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Belinda, Lucy had no symptoms with her HCM so they think, if she continues as she is, that maybe that is just how her heart looks. (We did chest xrays and blood work on everyone after Keisha died). I think she feels better on the meds and her BP was pretty high (200+). I think the meds can

Re: coughing

2008-02-10 Thread laurieskatz
Winston (I feel like I just keep pulling another cat out of my hat!) will occasionally vomit undigested food about 1/2 hour after he's eaten. He does this sometimes and seems to be when he's eaten a larger that normal volume of food. L - Original Message - From: Belinda Sauro [EMAIL

RE: Brumley is gone

2008-02-10 Thread Diane Rosenfeldt
Caroline, belated condolences on Brumley's passing. He was a little fighter, and you were his angel. Diane R. _ From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Caroline Kaufmann Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:06 PM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: