Is my kitty sick or in need of a nose job?
December 13, 2007 4:42 AM Subscribe
Does my cat have a chronic respiratory infection, or is it possible she just naturally has poor breathing passages? Ever since my partner and I adopted her and her sister in August she has had periodic coughing and hacking fits that have been relatively unaffected by three separate rounds of antibiotics. Now I wonder if maybe she just has the equivalent of a deviated septum, or whether it's time for hospitalization.
posted by schroedinger to pets & animals (13 answers total)
When Victoria and Margaret first came to us four months ago, they both had coughing issues. The vet said it was kennel cough, prescribed us antibiotics, and after two different rounds Margaret's issues stopped entirely. But Victoria continues to have problems, despite finishing yet a third round of a third antibiotic in October. The cough mainly occurs when she is purring vigorously. She will start coughing and hacking, followed by swallowing, as if she's hacking up phlegm and swallowing it. Occasionally the fits will become so violent it sounds like she is throwing up and swallowing it. It is heartbreaking to watch and I worry she'll choke, but after every incident she never seems much worse for the wear, if slightly sedated for the next ten minutes or so.
There are a couple of reasons why I wonder that this may not be due entirely to illness. One, there are no other symptoms of disease--no fever, listlessness, watery eyes, runny nose, etc. Two, after the first round of antibiotics her condition improved somewhat, and has since then stabilized and hasn't gotten better or worse with subsequent dosages. Three, Margaret hasn't gotten sick again, and they're around each other all the time so there are plenty of chances for re-infection. And four, Victoria is pretty wheezy when she sleeps. When sleeping deeply she snores loudly and regularly, a very high, wheezing snore that sounds like something in her nasal passages is blocked up. So maybe that has something to do with her fits?
Anyway, I am not entirely sure where to go from here. She's been put on three different kinds of antibiotics, and I imagine if this is an infection the next step would be hospitalization so they could give her some really strong stuff. But if it isn't an infection, that could just be a futile effort that does nothing but develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
And f it is just a nasal passageway thing, well, is there anything I can do? Kitty neti pots? Kitty MRI/X-ray and a subsequent kitty nose job?
I plan on talking to my vet, but I was wondering if anyone could give me insight to similar experiences with their dog or cat.