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does anyone out there have an asthmatic cat? my kitten gets breathless very quickly when im playing with her, i mentioned this to the vet when she was getting her immunisations and he thought it was the hot weather, then when she was getting her second jabs i asked about it and they sounded her chest and said she may have a chest infection or asthma, so she was put on a course of anitbiotics but she is still panting when she has been running around..there is no smoking in the house so that isnt an issue
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My Baby (rb 1/98 ) had asthma. He was on and off prednisone all his life. I didn't like to keep him on it so he would go on it when he had a bad attack....then I would wean him off it gradually over a period of time and keep him off it entirely until his next flare up.

Don't allow anyone to smoke in your house.<in edit> just reread your post and saw you already answered this> If you heat with wood make sure you have good ventilation. Vacuum frequently, keep him in another room when vacuuming. In other words arrange your household in the same way you would with an asthmatic child.

If your vet continues to disregard your concerns, by all means get a second opinion.

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thanks for the info on the athsma, although i dont definately know if thats what it is, but she doesnt wheeze all the time, just when she is really going crazy running around the house, she will be going back to the vet soon to get nuetered so i would be a bit wary of her getting an aneasthetic if she has a weak chest...and i dont need to worry about keeping her in another room when vacuming she is not friends at all with the vacum cleaner lol..
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i recently posted for advice about asthma as my five month old kitten has been suffering from breathlessnes when she has been exercising, the vet thought it was a chest infection but after a course of anti biotics she was still the same, So she has been back at the vet and she said that she didn't think it was asthma becasue she was so young and gave me a months worth of anti inflammatory pills and if she doesn't get better she will have to go in for tests and x rays...so i am really puzzled by this, hoping the tablets work and thats the end of it!
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Jan, I hope little Jonesy is ok & you find out what's causing her breathlessness. She's such a cutie, give her a cuddle from me!
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thanks helen, she has been on the tablets for a week now and i think there is some improvement, so hopefully these pills will clear it up, thanks again, jan

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Hi, I had a cat once and she was always breathless when she played or exerted herself. It turned out she only had one lung.
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oh no thats a shame, i hope my jonesys got two lungs!
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i recently posted for advice about asthma as my five month old kitten has been suffering from breathlessnes when she has been exercising, the vet thought it was a chest infection but after a course of anti biotics she was still the same, So she has been back at the vet and she said that she didn't think it was asthma becasue she was so young and gave me a months worth of anti inflammatory pills and if she doesn't get better she will have to go in for tests and x rays...so i am really puzzled by this, hoping the tablets work and thats the end of it!
What kind of pills? Are they prednisone or prednisolone? that is a steroid and is used to treat asthma and idiopathic breathing problems.

You should see improvement within a week.

Side affects include increased appetite (and weight gain) increased thirst and a lot more peeing. So keep a close eye on her.

steroids have to be gone off slowly, gradually reducing the dose, so when you get near the end of the course of pills be sure to call your vet and let her know and ask what to do...going off those pills suddenly is dangerous.

please keep us posted
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thanks gail, its predisolone she is taking, one pill a day for a month, she has been on them for a fortnight now and seems to be a lot better, i have to take her back when the tablets run out, x jan
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