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My cat seems to have upper chest congestion, ...

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My cat seems to have upper chest congestion, coughs and has spasms in stomach area. Seems to cough after eating.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 8 years ago.
Hi,

Since your cat has already been on (or is currently on?) Orbax and Prednisone, may I assume he's already been to the vet for this problem? If so, were any chest x-rays done? Any bloodwork?

Coughing can be a cardiac symptom, in addition to a respiratory symptom, so I would further investigate this possibility. Some conditions which could cause the coughing and congestion you describe, might be pneumonia, chylothorax, pyothorax, asthma, bronchitis, and congestive heart failure.

http://www.petplace.com/cats/aspiration-pneumonia-in-cats/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/cats/chylothorax-in-cats/page1.aspx
www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/pyothorax.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/asthma-bronchitis.html
http://www.petplace.com/cats/congestive-heart-failure-in-cats/page1.aspx

To help reduce congestion, run a humidifier in your home or in the room he's in the most, and also, run a hot shower to steam up your bathroom and sit in there with him for 15 minutes, every 2 hrs. Wrap him in a towel when you come out, so he doesn't get a chill.

If he hasn't seen the vet, please have him evaluated ASAP. If he has been to the vet, give the medications a chance to work, if he just started them, and/or seek a second opinion from another well-recommended local vet, if he doesn't seem to be improving.

I hope all will be well!

Cher
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