older cat chronic sneezing/gagging - worried

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older cat chronic sneezing/gagging - worried

Post by Geye » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 13:03:19



our older cat has been exhibiting some chronic symptoms that our vet cannot
seem to diagnose, and we are getting worried.   We live in Europe, and even
though we now have a very sympathetic and we think very good vet, we are still
nervous about whether Baby is getting all the medical help she may need - - we
already lost one of the two cats we brought to Europe with us, under
circumstances where another vet failed to diagnose kidney disease after
repeated vet visits.  this was two years ago and broke our hearts . . you can
imagine, we don't want to go through that again.    so, if anyone has any ideas
about the following, we'd really appreciate hearing about it, so that we can
raise the right questions with our current vet and/or get a second opinion.

the problem:  for many months now our 10-12 year old cat (we are her second
family) has had chronic sneezing (2-4 times in a row sometimes) and a kind of
gagging reflex, often triggered when we rub her (its hard to tell if its really
a gagging - - sometimes it seems more like hiccups.  it never brings up
anything and its very subtle; not like when she is hawking up a hairball).  our
current vet things she has something called tracheitis, and prescribed
acetaminaphine on her food.  she has also given us a jelly to give her to
prevent hairballs.  but the cat still sneezes alot and the remedies have not
really stopped the gag/hiccups.  also, Baby has experienced a slight weight
loss in the last several months - about 1 lb.  this is probably b/c we have
started feeding on a regular schedule, rather than leaving food out.   Baby
seems to be eating ok, and drinking ok - stool seems ok, but hard to tell b/c 4
cats all use same facilities.   other information:  we've brought 3 new kittens
into the family over the last 2 years; all seem  to get along, but the newest
kittens seemed to have alot of illness initially (sneezing mostly) that they
could not shake, plus some kind of worms (tapeworms we think).  the kittens are
ok now; no worms and no sneezing.  the vet has done visual exams plus xrays.

any information?suggestions?

 
 
 

older cat chronic sneezing/gagging - worried

Post by Hele » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 21:48:17



Quote:
> our older cat has been exhibiting some chronic symptoms that our vet
cannot
> seem to diagnose, and we are getting worried.   We live in Europe, and
even
> though we now have a very sympathetic and we think very good vet, we are
still
> nervous about whether Baby is getting all the medical help she may
need - - we
> already lost one of the two cats we brought to Europe with us, under
> circumstances where another vet failed to diagnose kidney disease after
> repeated vet visits.  this was two years ago and broke our hearts . . you
can
> imagine, we don't want to go through that again.    so, if anyone has any
ideas
> about the following, we'd really appreciate hearing about it, so that we
can
> raise the right questions with our current vet and/or get a second
opinion.

> the problem:  for many months now our 10-12 year old cat (we are her
second
> family) has had chronic sneezing (2-4 times in a row sometimes) and a kind
of
> gagging reflex, often triggered when we rub her (its hard to tell if its
really
> a gagging - - sometimes it seems more like hiccups.  it never brings up
> anything and its very subtle; not like when she is hawking up a hairball).
our
> current vet things she has something called tracheitis, and prescribed
> acetaminaphine on her food.  she has also given us a jelly to give her to
> prevent hairballs.  but the cat still sneezes alot and the remedies have
not
> really stopped the gag/hiccups.  also, Baby has experienced a slight
weight
> loss in the last several months - about 1 lb.  this is probably b/c we
have
> started feeding on a regular schedule, rather than leaving food out.
Baby
> seems to be eating ok, and drinking ok - stool seems ok, but hard to tell
b/c 4
> cats all use same facilities.   other information:  we've brought 3 new
kittens
> into the family over the last 2 years; all seem  to get along, but the
newest
> kittens seemed to have alot of illness initially (sneezing mostly) that
they
> could not shake, plus some kind of worms (tapeworms we think).  the
kittens are
> ok now; no worms and no sneezing.  the vet has done visual exams plus

xrays.

Did the vet say tracheitis or viral rhinotracheitis? The latter is commonly
known as cat flu in UK, it's basically a type of URTI. Tracheitis OTOH is
inflammation of part of the throat (I had it once or twice), the trachea. I
guess it exists in cats, but I've never heard of it.

I think the vet probably suspects feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR),
because although this is included in the standard vaccination package, it is
fairly common in rescues, particularly kittens, so your vet may think the
kittens brought it with them and that your older cat has a mild, ongoing
version of it (mild because previously vaccinated, but cats with this do
have a tendency towards flare ups).

I'm assuming you've had ***work done and that it is normal. If so, I'd
suggest you ask your vet to check for asthma and heart conditions. Not
basing this on anything in particular, just a hunch. My cat was losing
weight and turned out he had a heart condition; he was later diagnosed with
asthma too. Heart conditions in cats are notoriously hard to diagnose, often
cats do not exhibit any symptoms until they just drop dead )-: But I do know
that over-hydrated CRF cats often sneeze, because their body fluid balance
is upset. So it might be worth getting the heart checked in case there is a
problem there. Of course, it might just be FVR.

My website has some basic info on heart conditions in the Related Diseases
section.

HTH, good luck

Helen
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older cat chronic sneezing/gagging - worried

Post by Gunter Schelfhou » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 07:23:27


Quote:

> our older cat has been exhibiting some chronic symptoms that our vet
> cannot
> seem to diagnose, and we are getting worried.   We live in Europe, and
> even though we now have a very sympathetic and we think very good vet, we
> are still nervous about whether Baby is getting all the medical help she
> may need - - we already lost one of the two cats we brought to Europe with
> us, under circumstances where another vet failed to diagnose kidney
> disease after
> repeated vet visits.  this was two years ago and broke our hearts . . you
> can
> imagine, we don't want to go through that again.    so, if anyone has any
> ideas about the following, we'd really appreciate hearing about it, so
> that we can raise the right questions with our current vet and/or get a
> second opinion.

> the problem:  for many months now our 10-12 year old cat (we are her
> second family) has had chronic sneezing (2-4 times in a row sometimes) and
> a kind of gagging reflex, often triggered when we rub her (its hard to
> tell if its really
> a gagging - - sometimes it seems more like hiccups.  it never brings up
> anything and its very subtle; not like when she is hawking up a hairball).
>  our current vet things she has something called tracheitis, and
> prescribed
> acetaminaphine on her food.  she has also given us a jelly to give her to
> prevent hairballs.  but the cat still sneezes alot and the remedies have
> not
> really stopped the gag/hiccups.  also, Baby has experienced a slight
> weight
> loss in the last several months - about 1 lb.  this is probably b/c we
> have
> started feeding on a regular schedule, rather than leaving food out.  
> Baby seems to be eating ok, and drinking ok - stool seems ok, but hard to
> tell b/c 4
> cats all use same facilities.   other information:  we've brought 3 new
> kittens
> into the family over the last 2 years; all seem  to get along, but the
> newest kittens seemed to have alot of illness initially (sneezing mostly)
> that they
> could not shake, plus some kind of worms (tapeworms we think).  the
> kittens are
> ok now; no worms and no sneezing.  the vet has done visual exams plus
> xrays.

> any information?suggestions?

Well, my cat (In Dutch, a Heilige Birmaan), 2.5 years old, was sneezing all
the time in periods of 1 week a month.
We went with this info to the vet, and he was treated with some vaccins.
Nothing helped.
But a year ago, we stopped feeding him wet-food (like Whiskas, etc...) and
gave him only premium food (dry) like IAMS and now EUKANUBA (from IAMS).
We are pleased to see, that after a few months he stopped sneezing (while
the vaccins earlier didn't work), and he looks a lot more healthier.
So, I don't know if this info is helping you, but....

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