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Is your cat eating ok?
She's always been fussy, but she'll eat her favourites happily.
Has she always had respiratory problems her while life or just recently?
Has she been to a cattery or near other cats recently?
She used to have excema type troubles, but the respiratory troubles have come about in the last year or so. Usually she gets a "cold" type thing that resolves itself in a week or so. This time however, it's been going on for a couple of months without totally clearing.
Any mixing with other cats? Is she outdoor?
She's had four different medications from the vet - first was pills (murder to get into her), then paste (also murder), then an injection and finally a different lot of pills...all worked for a few days only. She is mostly indoor - her only outdoor activity is to sit in the sun near the house. She lived with a couple of other cats that were indoor/outdoor at will (we live on a rural acreage so they were safe from cars, etc) but sadly they discovered snakes. I now have a couple of kittens as well, but she doesn't have a lot to do with them.
Is she sneezing or more breathing type problems?
She was sneezing, but now it's mostly breathing type. She also makes vomiting noises, usually without result, like she's choking.
Ok - sorry about all the questions but need to get a better idea.
Has your vet done any xrays, PCR tests (swabs) or nasal flushes?
That's fine. The more idea you have, the more likely you are to be able to help.
She did swabs, which came back clear.
She's also sought advice from other vets, but have come up blank. No xrays. Vet said her chest wasn't great, but it's mostly in her head. Xrays will require a 40minute drive and Juliet (the cat) is a stress monkey, which makes her worse. So we're trying to avoid that if possible.
Ok. I see - fair enough.
Burmese cats are very prone to getting asthma - did the vets mention this?
She did actually. But that was some time ago now. May have been overlooked as an option since. I'm basically looking for something to relieve her symptoms a bit over the weekend and give her a bit of a break to sleep easily.
It dose sound like asthma is a possibility. Do you have Benadryl or just Phenergan? Both are ok it is just I have better results (sometimes) Benadryl.
I know phenergan is safe for dogs (my brother's lab used to get allergies and it was used to help her), so I was hoping I use it for Juliet.
sorry - with Benadryl!
HERE is some good information on asthma in cats.
Right now I only have phenergan. Can get Benadryl next week.
Ok Phenergan it is then!
The dose rate is: 0.2-0.4 mg/kg orally every 6-8 hours
Do you need help with a calculation?
She weighs 3.2kg...so about 0.75 - 1ml. Right?
Can you tell me what is says on the label. It should say how much Promethazine in one ml or something similar. Sorry - every bottle is slightly different!
OK, it says "each 5 ml contains promethazine hydrochloride BP 5mg"
Ok perfect - give me sec to calculate.....
I would give 1ml orally. Every 6-8 hours.
Yes your were correct!
I am concerned that your cat really needs some further tests and some prednisolone therapy.
Great. Thanks. Now I just have to hold her down and avoid the claws.
This may be oral (tablets or liquid) or even inhalant.
LOL - try wrapping her in a towel
Yes, she's definitely going back to the vet again next week. Poor little devil is just so miserable right now and the emergency vet's an hour away.
Poor think. Sometimes a steam room can help. So put her in the bathroom with a hot shower running may assist in the meantime.
Gosh my typing is terrible today - 'poor thing!'
Can I help any further?
She's currently on the best chair in the house - in front of the fire. I'll try the shower trick.
I didn't even notice - I reread (and type) bad fingers well!.
If that's all then I'll say good afternoon from Melbourne!
Thank you so much. I don't think there's anything else.
And I'll say good afternoon from cold, wet Canowindra (central west NSW). Many thanks again.
Best of luck and bye :)