How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr Marta Lepes Your Own Question
Dr Marta Lepes
Dr Marta Lepes, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 501
Experience:  Owner, practitioner, Owner at Hilo Veterinary Clinic, Inc, Vetmed Hawaii
90005502
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Dr Marta Lepes is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat is depressed and is taking short fast breathes she

Customer Question

my cat is depressed and is taking short fast breathes she wont eat,she has a clicking sound when she breathes. I cant afford to take her to the vet
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Bella she 2yrs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bella?
Customer: no she got this way after my son past away, she was his cat
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I will do my best to help you. I am reviewing your question now and I will post back to you ASAP.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

To me it sounds as if Bella might have asthma.

If she was very attached to your son the stress of the life change might have made an asthmatic condition much worse. How long have you had her?

Does she do this all the time?

Is it worse after using a dusty clay litter. Or after going under furniture. Or going outside?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She's never done this before she doesn't go outside
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

I would recommend that you try cooking her to eat by giving her little bits if fish or chicken. If that works then mix it well into her food to try to get her eating again. Or you can try some fancy feast cans.

Next I would change her litter to one that is NOT dusty.

Spend lots of time with her. Do you have anything of your son's like a shirt that she can lay on?

You didn't say how long you have been taking care of her. Do you have any other animals in the house.

If she lost your son, had to move to a new place, and deal with new pets the stress would be enormous.

By any chance do you have an albuterol inhaler like ProAir?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
We have had her 1yr no we don't have an inhaler, yes we have another cat,we have been feeding her with a syringe she never would eat can food
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

Does she get along with the other cat?

Does the abnormal breathing go on all the time or only occasionally?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
she does get along with the other cat,she breathes like this constantly with a clicking sound
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

Can you check the color of her gums and/or tongue while she is breathing hard?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I can
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

Can you do it now?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

OK, I'm waiting. What color are they? They should be nice and pink.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
They look a little pale
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

I am on another question but will be back ASAP

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

I'm really sorry for the delay. I had the answer all typed and then my server quit on me. Now we are back online.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

Pale or bluish gums and/or tongue are consistent with asthma. Asthma is an allergy that affects the air passages. The smaller air passages construct and breathing is more difficult. This can be wheezing, clicking or gurgling.

Without an inhaler or similar medication you cannot quickly relieve the symptoms.

By reducing the irritant that set this off, you m might be Able to help her.

More....

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

So here is the plan:

1... Use only DUST FREE litter!

2... Dust frequently under furniture or other places she likes to hide.

3... we can try some Benadryl, although I have not had much success with it in cats.

How much does she weigh and I'll give you the dosage?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She's about 7lbs
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

You can give one half of a 12.5 mg Benadryl twice daily.

If that doesn't help you can try a whole tablet twice daily.

I hope that this gives her some relief.

If not try taking her to a vet.

Is there any other way I can help?

If we are finished, kindly rate this service.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 3 months ago.

You can just email me here as you have done. I'll be happy to help.

I usually go online about 5pm Pacific Time.