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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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Will mentholatum hurt my cat if i put it on her nose .. she has severe asthma

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will mentholatum hurt my cat if i put it on her nose .. she has severe asthma
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hello, and welcome!
I'm sorry you didn't receive an earlier answer, but you requested an expert that wasn't available and the request was for 30 days. This locks the question and no one else can answer. The request lock was just removed, so I was able to send you an answer. Your patience is appreciated!
Mentholatum is toxic to cats, so do not put any on her nose or use in a humidifier. However, you can run a humidifier in the rooms where she spends the most time and the moistened air will help with her breathing.
I'm so sorry to hear that your cat has asthma and the vet won't treat her, due to your present lack of funds. The following vet clinics offer a downloadable coupon for a free first visit and are nationwide, with extended and weekend hours, so hopefully, there's one near you:
http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer
http://www.banfield.com/landing/index.html
You might also consider applying for Care Credit which is accepted by most vet offices; this will allow you to pay with the card and then pay out the balance in smaller, monthly installments, sometimes without interest for the first few months:
http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/
This is a list of organizations that might help pay for vet visits if you're in a financial bind:
http://speakingforspot.com/index.php?p=Financial-Assistance-for-Veterinary-Care
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This is a homeopathic asthma medication for cats:
http://www.manataka.org/page1841.html
I can't recommend it's use nor vouch for its effectiveness, because I've never tried it, but you asked for alternatives and I researched them.
I would prefer to see you bring your cat to the vet for the much needed medication to help her breathe better and open her bronchial airways. Try all vets in your area and ask if they will take installment payments as your cat is in distress NOW. Also, even if she is due for her rabies vaccination, her breathing is more important, especially if she is an indoor-only kitty who doesn't go outside and have any contact with other cats/animals.
I hope you're able to get her the veterinary care she needs and please let me know how she's doing. Thanks!
Please kindly rate my answer with positive feedback and if you have any additional questions, just click Reply and I will always be here for you and your furry girl. Rating will not cut off our ability to communicate, nor will it incur an additional charge. This question will always be open for you to reply to me.
Warmest wishes,
Cher