To think I joined last month to get input on Houdini and here I may
be with my baby Kali. <sigh> I brought her into the vet the other day
because she's had a non-stop snuffly issue since mid-November or so.
She'd been given her physical and a round of loratadine. Around
Christmas I saw a different vet in the practice who did a mirror test
for breathing obstructions. He put her on prednisolone which I took
her off of before the week was up because all it did was make her
drink a lot. We've tried various eye drops (her eyes have been drippy
all her life). Nothing has ever made a difference, except prior to
November, it did seem seasonal.
The other day she actually got stuffy enough that I could hear her
breathe so I brought her in. This is to the vet who treated my
cancer/CRF cat and prior heart kitty. Turns out Kali has a heart
murmur which is either new or the other two vets never heard this.
Since I got her just after my heart kitty died of a bloodclot, this
was quite bad news for me! :( Her heart rate and all other vitals
are fine, lungs sound good etc. Just the murmur, runny eyes and nose.
We are running a blood panel on her. The vet suggested
chlorpheniramine for her stuffiness but did say there are cautions to
giving an antihistamine to a cat with heart issues. Some on the
feline-herpes list have suggest Zyrtec but that is also a
After what happened to Houdini just a few weeks ago, as you can
imagine I'm a bit cautious about what I give Kali! I haven't given
her anything except the lysine, still waiting for the lab results to
Just wondering what those with hyper-t or heart kitties have done.
She has also dropped about .5 lbs since Christmas and her hair just
started to look spiky. I'm guessing if I don't get a call from the
vet in the next hour or so, it will be Monday before I hear from her.
I don't like hearing her breathe so loud but I am afraid to risk