One of my brother's cats wheezes now and then. It's very loud when he does it. They've taken him to the vet, who can't find anything wrong. They were just told that unless he does it all the time, or seems to have some real problems breathing or exhibits some other signs of ill-health, just to ignore it. They just keep an eye on him and he seems to be fine so far.
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Fitness Minutes: (36,091) Posts: 71 7/12/12 1:58 P
two of mine did that. I had to pay attention and limit exercise when it happened. Also, noticed the litter was very dusty. So I switched to a wheat based, less dusty type. Stopped a lot of it. I asked our vet and she said it sounded like a exercise or dust indeed asthma, like lot of kids have that they out grow. My did seem to do better as they got older. Funny thing is, one of the now snores, which the vet says is related to Haw's direr he had a kittens. Haw's is a viral upper respiratory infection found in lots of cats in shelters, ferals, but can have long term effects
glad she is better and has a very attentive family!
Marbles is doing good - still panting now and again when she is hyper though.
As already mentioned, she had a lot of tests done at the vet including blood tests and an Xray of her heart and chest, all of which came back clear. They referred us to a Cardiology specialist who we seen last Thursday.
She was given an ECG of her heart rate and he looked at her heart in more depth, and he found nothing that would cause panting.
He has asked to see us again next Thursday when he is back in Scotland, and is going to look at her chest and lungs in more detail then so he can rule out any other health problems which could cause it.
He did also pick up on a couple of things when looking at her heart which would not cause panting - firstly he noticed that when her heart beats it does not fully relax between beats, which he said is not an issue health wise in itself. He also noticed on the ECG that the spikes of electricity were fine, but instead of pointing up they point down - so the electricity flows through her heart differently to how it would normally.
He said either of these factors in themselves can be found in normal and healthy cats, but that both together could show signs of Cardiomyopathy so he wants to check her in 6 months to make sure there are no changes, and then yearly after that in case anything develops. He did also point out that many cats live long and healthy lives with these symptoms and that they very often do not develop into anything - so I am really hoping this is the case!
I know I have 2 cats with asthma and they both acted like they had hairballs (wheezing nad coughing etc with their head stuck out front and sounding like hell). The one cat (Simon) the doctor gave him valium of all things to take but it did seem to help LOL . Sam sort of just deals with it but he is getting old and it doesn't seem like he has a lot of fight left in him - poor fellow.
Spoke with the other vet last night who also cannot seem to see anything worrying. She has asked that I keep a diary of the number of breaths per minute Marbles takes four times a day - twice just after exercise and twice when she is resting.
She has also asked me to time how long the panting episodes last if I see her doing it. We are then going to go back to the vet on Monday to go over the diary and for the vet to check her over again to make sure nothing has changed.
The vet did say that her eyes and mouth look fine, and that her heart beat is nice and strong, and chest sounds very clear, so I guess that is all good to hear!
Also, the diabetes thing, she has had a lot of urine tests relatively recently because of the urine infections so I would have assumed that would have been picked up on if there was an issue? Might be wrong.
Hopefully there won't be anything wrong and its just something she has decided to start doing!
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Fitness Minutes: (71,209) Posts: 31,156 5/30/12 1:39 A
Well, another vet will look at her with a fresh set of eyes, so he/she may see things your original vet did not. If your vet is THAT sure about the red, then probably no need to re-check it. If anything had looked questionable in her blood sugars, they probably would have requested a urine sample to look for sugars in the urine (I had a diabetic cat, and that's how they sussed it out.) For the allergies, look at food allergies, too.
Things are probably done differently in the UK than here in the US, so I could be talking out my "catnip." LOL!
Good luck finding out what's wrong!
You're so lucky to have insurance! I have eight, but they are all "senior" cats, so they would likely not be covered. I just have to scrimp and rob to pay my bills. Thankfully, mine are very healthy overall.
I am taking her back to the vet tonight. He said he can say he is 80% sure that it isn't her heart, but that he would have to refer us to a specialist to get this completely confirmed. £700 for that but luckily it is covered by her insurance! That will take a good few weeks though as he is only in Aberdeen occasionally. The reason he is wary about checking the red again is because she won't let him take blood while she is awake so this means another anaesthetic. He said he wasn't worried about this because it was only slightly low and he is almost certain it was due to the equipment.
Do you have any advice on what sort of questions I should ask the vet tonight? I am seeing a different vet tonight (not on purpose - just who is available) but might be good for the second opinion.
I will definitely ask about allergies. I also wondered if the Feliway ever has side effects? Seems to be a coincidence that this has started recently. I'm sure that is all it is but it did make me wonder.
I thought the blood sugar would have come up during the blood tests if there was an issue there but I might be wrong. Again, the blood pressure, he did take her pulse etc and have a good listen to her heart and chest when we were in for the examination.
It's so stressful when there is something wrong with our babies, wish they could tell us! :(
Not a vet, but just some things to look at: blood pressure, allergies (particularly food), blood sugar (check for diabetes), asthma. Have her checked for asthma. She's probably lashing out, because she does not feel well, the poor thing! You might also have the vet check her red again, if the machine clotted up on him/her.
My experience comes from a lifetime of living with cats, but I'm not a vet. These are the things I would try if I were in your shoes.
I hope you can get your baby feeling better! I'm glad it's not her heart, too!
Oh dear, that would be worrisome...the first thing I thought of is "heart disease" or asthma, but if your vet has ruled all that out, I haven't a clue. If it continues or gets worse, I would seek out a second opionion... Hope your kitty improves...
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Since Friday I have noticed Marbles occasionally panting with her tongu out, and also seeming to get out of breath quite quickly when exercising. She is 3.8kgs so not overweight, and up until now I have very occasionally saw her panting but only after A LOT of running about.
Took her to the vet on Saturday morning, he did blood tests and also a heart scan and the thing which measures their heart beat (can't remember what it is called, an ECG or something?)
He said there was nothing abnormal at all. Her red blood cell count was a little low but he thinks this is because his machine clotted and doesnt think it is to do with Marbles.
Since we got her home on Saturday, she has still been doing it occasionally.
I just don't know what the next step would be as the vet has checked a lot of things.
Just for a bit of background info, her diet is completely wet food. A mix of Felix and Applaws, she doesn't drink a lot of water but she gets a lot from the wet food, and I almost always add water to her food every time.
She has been a bit irritable lately, meowing and biting things. The vet thought it might be stress related so we have had a Feliway plugged in since Tuesday last week - I haven't noticed any changes in her behaviour.
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