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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?
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?
Does she get along with the other cat?
Does the abnormal breathing go on all the time or only occasionally?
Can you check the color of her gums and/or tongue while she is breathing hard?
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OK, I'm waiting. What color are they? They should be nice and pink.
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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.
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?
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.
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