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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: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 9 years ago.

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.

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!

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