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post #1 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Health Question about my cat

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So my family owns three cats. We got the youngest one in 2005. She was found in a dumpster at a very young age. I agreed to pay for everything for her, so we brought her home.

She has started this weird thing. It will randomly sound like she's hyperventilating. I know it is not her trying to cough up a hairball, I know what that sounds like considering we have two other cats, one of which is a hairball queen. Hah. She is at a healthy weight.

I can't really describe it any other way besides it sounding like she is hyperventilating. It only lasts for 30 seconds tops. But it is starting to happen more frequently. It definitely brings her discomfort, because when it happens she will run away from anyone she is near and kinda hunch over [but once again, definitely not a hairball].

I would love to hear any ideas! I told my mom we should bring her to the vet, so we will probably do that. However, she is terrified of leaving our house and being around people she doesn't know [to the point that she rubbed fur off her face so she had bald spots when we had to bring her to my dads house in between my mom moving houses], so I hate putting her through that.

Thanks for any help in advance!
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Ironically, she did it right after I wrote that and I got it on my phone.

Here it is!

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 11:16 AM
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I hate to tell ya but that's a cough trying to get rid of a hairball! I don't want to make you mad but that's what that is. She may have it lodged somewhere. There is a type of medicine or paste you can give her to help her relieve that.
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It sounds like a hair ball wretch to me too.



Going to the vet to be treated (for shots or anything) is a necessary. It is sad that it stresses our animals but it is for their own good.

I think having to live someone strange for a period of time is very different than a necessary trip to the vet.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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I hate to tell ya but that's a cough trying to get rid of a hairball! I don't want to make you mad but that's what that is. She may have it lodged somewhere. There is a type of medicine or paste you can give her to help her relieve that.
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You really think it is a hairball? It started several months ago but it just started happening more frequently.

I started to wonder if it could be allergies or asthma? She loves to hang out under my moms bed in the mattress. I'm sure there is tons of dust and whatnot up there.

Just sounds so different from any hairball she has ever coughed up. Plus.. I may be totally wrong but if she has coughed up hairballs since this started wouldn't that rule out one hairball being stuck?

I'm not the type to get mad at all! Haha. Just want to try to figure this out
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Just wanted to add that I will absolutely bring her to the vet if I need to. Just would be ideal if I could avoid that of course.
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It will not hurt anything to get her to the vet and have the vet look at her and the video.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-30-2010, 11:52 AM
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I would give her some hairball paste and take her to the vet if that doesn't clear it up. It sounds like a hairball but it could be something else.
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It could be a hairball, but if the paste doesn't work...it kinda looks like it could be feline asthma to me.

We see that here and there at our practice.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-06-2011, 10:16 AM
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That's true!
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-07-2011, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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We just took her to the vet and he said his best diagnostic tool in a case like this is response to treatment, but he does believe it is feline asthma. He gave her a shot and said it should help a lot and should start working within 24 hours. So now we just have to wait and see!

Oh and she lived through the vet trip although she was terrified =] haha
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