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Help! My Kitty's Sick!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brad_W, Nov 17, 2001.

  1. Brad_W

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    Brad: Are there no emergency rooms in your area? Please start making some calls; the constant coughing is a bad sign--you must get him to a vet immediately. Immediately! Do not wait until Monday.
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    Check to see if there is an emergency clinic that will treat him. They are generally open on weekends. If not, you could try your local Humane Society for advice--they also may be open on weekends.
    Is Kitty eating? If so, that's a good sign that it's nothing serious.
    By the symptoms you are describing, I would offer 2 possible diagnoses, though I point out I'm not a vet, just a cat-lover:
    - Hairball - Make sure Kitty has plenty of water. If you can find a pet store that has some, buy him some grass to chew on--it helps to expell the offending wad.
    - Common cold - Yeah, cats can get it too. Ditto on the water thing. The grass won't hurt--he probably won't touch it if he doesn't feel like it.
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    Lil kitty is eating. He even attacked our Big kitty. I'm just a nervous parent. It could be a hairball, but he twitches and shakes when he coughs. My wife thinks he could have Kennel cough, but I don't think so. I don't believe we have an emergency room vet.
    As for water, I gave him plenty.
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    Does he seem to be getting enough oxygen? Check his gums to see if they are a nice pink or a not-so-nice blueish color. That's what I would worry strongly about with a constant cough.
    If you can't find an emergency room, still call around to see if any vets are on-call for the weekend.
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    Pink gums are a good sign. But please call some vets' offices now. Log off HTF, get on the phone, and get the little tiger to a doc. Then check back in with us re the results.
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    That's the very least a cat deserves. But get thee to a telephone now, kind sir.
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    Okay, I called my Vet and they were only open until two, but I was transferred to an Emergency Vet. Clinic (which I didn't even know we had). She told me that if he continues to keep coughing that I should bring him in.
    Right now he is relaxed and seems okay, but if he continues with his coughing, I will take him in... tonight.
    Thanks for all your help.
    When I first got Lil Kitty (then named Ash after the Evil Dead hero) from the pound, I had to nurse him to health. He was sick and had eye gunkies and a little cough. god he's cute!
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    You've done well. (Though I would take him in now. BTW, have there been any changes in your environment? Have repainted? Excessive pollution in the air?)
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    quote: My wife and I have been horribly sick for two weeks.[/quote]
    Well, that could explain it right there. Kitty can catch certain minor germs from people.
    Since that is looking like a likely cause, I second Jack's advice...take him in now...he may need an antibiotic as well.
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    quote: Like they couldn't catch what we have and we can't catch what they have.[/quote]
    I think that is true for anything serious. For example, a person couldn't get HIV from an FIV+ cat.
    However, I was once told my a vet that minor germs, such as colds, etc. can be transmitted from human to kitty. Likely, though, the effect will not be exactly the same.
     
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    There's not a lot of things that cross species boundaries, but when they do it gets pretty rough for all those concerned. Rabies of course can cross, and so can toxoplasmosis, but I can't recall any others that go between human and feline folks. Vets I've talked so have said that the various 'colds' can't cross.
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