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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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Our cat is gasping for air. Her heart is beating very fast.

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Our cat is gasping for air. Her heart is beating very fast. She can barely walk, not eating and she just urinated in herself.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: No falls. She just started acting this way yesterday
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Leci and age 8
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Leci?
Customer: She seemed to be sneezing and a running nose.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 2 months ago.

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Expert:  Terri replied 2 months ago.

Is there any chance Leci ingested a toxin or was injured?

Was she outside?
What and when did she eat last?

Expert:  Terri replied 2 months ago.


If Leci is sneezing with a runny nose you can give her an antihistamine.

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

In addition, add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeten to a tablespoon of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic.

Give it every 24 hours. It is very tiny so she will not detect it

Any of these are also acceptable:

Benadryl at a dose of 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet given twice daily or

Chlorpheniramine at a dose of 2-4 mg twice a day or

Claritin (Loratadine) at a dose of 2.5-5 mg/cat or

Zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 mg once or twice a day

It is important to ensure that the formulations used contain ONLY the antihistamine and are not combination products (e.g. Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine, which could cause very significant adverse effects in a cat).

Please let me know how she is doing. Just reply here or if you prefer, we can speak on the phone.

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Kind regards,


Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She was licking the wall.
Expert:  Terri replied 2 months ago.

What was on the wall?

Can you give her an antihistamine?

Also rub a drop of honey into her gums to raise her blood sugar.

Offer her tuna water drained from the can or milk to drink

Expert:  Terri replied 2 months ago.

what's happening? is she any better?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Leci died
Expert:  Terri replied 2 months ago.

I am so very sorry to hear such sad news about Leci.

My heart is breaking for you and I am typing this through me tears.

If I can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact me.