in this section are ideas on coping with an asthmatic cat, as well as
various useful tips on cats in general.
It is often difficult to take a vacation when you have an asthmatic cat.
Leave detailed instructions on medications, routines, food and vet phone
number and address. It would also be helpful to leave a letter approving
the cat sitter(s) to authorize any necessary medical care and a blank
signed check to pay any vet bills that may come up while you're gone.
to An Asthmatic Cat
may find that people are not sympathetic when you mention you have an
asthmatic cat. Feline Asthma members have described over and over the
comments people will make. Do not feel badly for trying to help your cat
Your Cat as an Asthmatic
If your cat goes outside, it would be useful to get tags for
their collar which indicate that the cat has asthma and needs medications,
along with your phone number.
If your cat is gasping, falling to its side with its mouth open and its
tongue appearing bluish, contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic
immediately. It needs oxygen and rapid-acting broncho dilator medications
to stay alive. Veterinarians suggest owners keep special medications at
home in case of emergency.
The American Red Cross offers first aid classes for pets. Along with the
class you get a book, "Pet First Aid" by B. Mammato (DVM), published
by Red Cross.
If your cat will not eat, you might try using a small syringe to force
small amounts of water and try wiping some soft food in your cat's mouth
to see if you can give her some nutrition and possibly get her interested
in food and water again. Gerber's second foods are a good consistency
for syringe feeding after adding only just a little warm water.
Laxatone is a gel-like substance which used for hairballs.
The ASPCA has a poison control hotline phone number for pets.
If you have reason to suspect that your pet may have been exposed to something
toxic, either internally or externally, this phone number will connect
you with an ASPCA veterinarian specially trained to assist pet owners
or other vets. This is the only dedicated animal poison control hotline
in the world manned by veterinarians, not telephone operators. The number
is staffed 24/7. (888) 4ANI-HELP or (888) 426-4435.
Heska corporation makes a trivalent feline distemper vaccination that
is administered intra-nasally (as nose-drops). This is thought to reduce
your cat's risk for vaccine site sarcoma although current research generally
associates these cancers with FeLV and rabies vaccines.
A hint for getting rid of paint odor is to leave bowls of vinegar in freshly
Dr. Padrid suggests administering a bronchodilator, albuterol by inhalation
for example-about 1 hr prior to induction of anesthesia. He also strongly
suggest monitoring with a machine called a "pulse oximeter"
and an electrocardiographic monitor during the anesthesia. Ketamine is
a commonly used drug in this setting and is usually very safe for asthmatic
cats- it acts as a bronchodilator itself- but it is important to pretreat
with atropine and readminister atropine during the procedure to minimize
the mucus and saliva accumulation that will predictably occur. Note that
ketamine is a light sedative and cannot be used for major procedures.
This protocol is typically followed for dentals.
To control mucous, a feline asthma member suggests this cupping procedure:
With cupped hands LIGHTLY tap around your cats back, sides and chest for
one minute about six (yes, that's the boring part) times a day. If the
gurgle sounds like it's coming from the throat, lightly massage the throat
and neck which encourages them to swallow. Also, steamy shower rooms are
recommended for tough mucus, which shows itself more as a difficulty in
exhaling (forced nostril motions on exhalation) and the steam can help
loosen this up.
- Human Age Correlation
Human age = Cat age
1 year = 15 years
2 years = 20 years
3 years = 25 years
7 years = 45 years
10 years = 55 years
15 years = 85 years
20 years = 100 years