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Hei a have a 14 week old kitten that is really active,

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playful, eats well . He...
Hei a have a 14 week old kitten that is really active, playful, eats well . He looks great. No fever or any signs of infection . The thing is he coughs sometimes, maybe twice a day . Has his tongue out while coughing. After he has coughed he rund around again and pkays with his litter mates . I am breeder of Sphynx , Bambino
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Cat Veterinarian: Veterinarian101, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. Luke and I would be happy to help you with your question. I am so sorry about your pet. I have over 19 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Are you available to discuss this situation online at this time? (if you get a phone call prompt from the system, please disregard as I am unable to do a phone call at this time).

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How long has he been coughing?

Are the kittens indoor or outdoor?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Sorry i fell asleep . He is a indoor kitten . He has coughed once or twice a day for about 5 days. I think it is often after eating or drinking . Hehad his 2 vacination 2 weeks ago. He otherwise seems very healthy and active. He had vet check with last vacination and was healthy.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I'll follow up for Dr. Luke for you. Coughing at your kitten's age is most often due to a feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) tracheitis/laryngitis which thankfully is expected to go into remission within 1-3 weeks unaided. Less commonly, feline asthma will cause the coughing although I wouldn't expect the onset of asthma to be as young as 14 weeks of age. FHV-1 doesn't respond to antibiotics but if I believe a severe case to be brewing I'll prescribe the systemic antiviral drug famciclovir to be administered for a minimum of two weeks.

Littermates may or may not become symptomatic but all will be carriers of FHV-1 should that be the infectious agent. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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