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I have a almost 3 year old cat who I believe may have

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Hi I have a almost 3 year old cat who I believe may have asthma. He coughs like he has a fur ball but nothing comes up and he has been doing this for quite some time multiple times a day. 3 days ago I noticed him sneezing more than usual. Now his nose is warm and his coughing sounds more horse (i guess) and the pigment of his nose is very red and almost looks like he has a bruise. He is eating and drinking. No discharge from his eyes. Is there something I can give him or do to help. I cannot afford a vet visit right now. Thank you so much. I love my little man and I'm worried.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Could this be related to his asthma?
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

I am sorry tiger is not feeling well and that you did not get an answer.

This is an info request for which you will not be charged!

How long has he been coughing like this?

Is he an indoor kitty?

Does anyone smoke in your home?

What does he eat?

After your reply please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer or if you prefer we can speak on the phone.

Love,

Terri

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has been coughing since around Christmas yes he is an indoor cat. We do not smoke in the home We have a child with cardiac problems. I buy them meow mix mostly dry food. I was thinking of switching to blue wilderness. Said grain free is better for them. I also noticed he lost 3 bottom teeth. Could this be related?
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply. Coughing is unusual in cats. Causes could be asthma as you suspect.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/feline_asthma.html

Heartworm is also possible but very unlikely in an indoor kitty. Worms, cardiac issues and ingested hair or even food allergies must be considered.

Since this started around Christmas, I am concerned Tiger got into tinsel or tree branches, etc

1. STOP all dry food, please read article written by a feline vet:
www.catinfo.org

2. Run a hot shower to make a steam room in your bathroom. Take him in for ten minute intervals to break up congestion.

3. add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeton to wet food or baby food with no onion or garlic every 24 hours. It is very tiny so he will not detect it:

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/chlorpheniramine-maleate-chlor-trimeton/page1.aspx

Feed him wet food with no grains or additives:

http://www.petco.com/N_23_92_4294958166/Cat-Food-On-Sale.aspx

4. Use only dust free litter

5. consider a hepa filter

He may have swallowed his teeth. If these symptoms continue after you make these changes he is going to need a chest xray and exam.

here are two Vets that offer a free first visit:

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer

http://www.banfield.com/exclusiveoffer/

Please let me know how Tiger is doing. I hope he feels better very soon.

Please be so kind as to rate my answer positively as that is the only way I receive credit for my assistance. Thank you very much!

If you need any additional information, just click reply and I will be here for you and your fur baby.. Rating will not cut off our communication. This question will always be open for you to reply to me. If you prefer we can speak on the phone.

Love,

Terri

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've been giving him a 1/4 of a teaspoon of coconut oil 2 times a day and he is so much better. I also ordered amaza pet. To help open his airways. I also have a hepa filter running all day for both him and my kids. Thank you so much for your response.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

You are more than welcome. It was my pleasure to help such a wonderful person!

If he is better due to coconut oil we can rule out asthma. He may have a sore throat.

In addition to the coconut oil give him one drop of honey every 4 hours to sooth his throat.

He will also benefit from salmon oil added to his food.

http://www.petco.com/product/109074/Wild-Alaskan-Salmon-Oil-Cat-Food-Supplement.aspx

Once he is eating canned food you should see a big improvement.

Please let me know how Tiger is doing.

He is VERY lucky to have YOU!

Please be so kind as to rate my answer so I am credited by the site. It will not close our conversation. I will still be here for you at no additional charge.

Love,

Terri

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He may cough once a day now opposed to multiple times a day. I was sure it was asthma. Can a cat have a bad cough for this amount of time? I was sure it was asthma. Can a feline have a cold for this length of time?
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

If it was asthma he would not be getting better from the coconut oil. Yes, a cat can have an upper respiratory infection and or a sore throat for weeks. Asthma is diagnosed via a chest xray.

Since he is getting better, I would continue with the coconut oil, and add honey and salmon oil for a few more weeks.

I hope he continues to improve.