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My cat has been coughing now for few weeks. Normal

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My cat has been coughing now for few weeks.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How is the cat's breathing? Is it any louder, slower, or faster than normal?
Customer: Normal breathing. He is snoring when sleeping and I can also hear him breathing.
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Patch. 8.5
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Patch?
Customer: he used to have some sort of allergy in particular in summer time. I had to give him humans antihistamine suitable for pets. I only tried to check any food allergies (blood test). Not found
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Patch.

How often does he cough?

Is he lethargic or losing weight?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Hi Dr Linda. Nice to meet you virtually and I hope you can help me.
Patch coughs usually in the morning. Every day. He is not loosing weight. He is loosing hair and has lots of dandruff (first time, his coat was good before).
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Yes, nice to talk to you!

Has he been grooming a lot more than usual?

Is he there now to count how many times he is breathing in one minute?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
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Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** very clear.

I can hear the cough and I can also see that his breathing does seem laboured towards the end, almost like he is forcing the air out.

Has he ever had anything like this before?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I think he did. I though it was hair ball.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Ok, sure thing.

And has a vet ever checked him over because of this?

Has he brought up any hair balls this week?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
My local vet spent 45 mins and could not even check him as Patch is not friendly with vets.
No hair balls.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Oh bless him, understood.

Before typing my reply, is there anything else you think I should know?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
What can I do to check if I can leave him for a week and take to another vet after or is it very serious.
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I need to be away
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Please bear with me as I compose my answer.

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Ok. Thanks
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I would dirt the vet sooner. But I have no car at the moment.
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I believe I also. We’d to find a veterinary clinic with X-ray to scan his chest. Everything else could be try this and see game.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

I'm sorry Patch has had this issue and know you will be worried for him.

When it comes to coughing in a cat, it is something we take seriously and it is not especially common.

There can be several causes, some of which are more serious than others.

Given his age and signs, I'd consider:

  • Asthma
  • Fluid on the lungs
  • Hairballs
  • Heart disease
  • A lung infection
  • A foreign body such as a grass blade
  • Lungworm
  • Etc.

Given his age and the timeline, as well as given how he was breathing in that video, I'd actually advise a consult as soon as you can.

If he cannot be examined conscious, we may need to provide a mild sedation.

Chest x-rays could be considered here, so we can get a diagnosis. Almost all vets have direct access to x-rays nowadays.

His treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g. anti inflammatories, diuretics or antibiotics.

If struggling with transport, I'd consider asking a friend or neighbour. You also have the option of using a pet taxi or a mobile vet service.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

I do hope this helps and please let me know if there is anything else.

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Thank you Linda. It helps.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 10 days ago.

My pleasure and wishing Patch all the very best.

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