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  • Cynthia Rausch
    gea@alumni.duke.edu wrote: Just looking for a little experience from some of you whose cats have coughing as a symptom of CHF, like Malcolm does. Hi Gail and
    Message 1 of 29 , Jun 1, 2001
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      gea@... wrote:
      Just looking for a little experience from some of you whose cats have
      coughing as a symptom of CHF, like Malcolm does.

      Hi Gail and Malcolm,

      I don't have any personel experience but here is a link that might
      help.

      Cough http://www.VetMedCenter.com/Consumer/display.asp?id=8656&dt=p

      Also see my post several months ago at this link below for more
      on heart problems.
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feline-heart/message/2104

      Cynthia, Taffy, Samuel
    • adawson1971@aol.com
      Can anyone tell me what a cough sounds like? Moth has been making what sounds like a hairball. But he s been doing it every few days. Until recently, he only
      Message 2 of 29 , Apr 27, 2002
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        Can anyone tell me what a cough sounds like?

        Moth has been making what sounds like a hairball. But he's been doing it
        every few days. Until recently, he only did it every six weeks or so. But
        after he started hairball formula food, it was even rarer than that until
        about 2 weeks ago when it started happening every couple of days. BTW, I've
        never actually seen a hairball, not even before.

        Annette
      • Jonathan Rosenberg
        I would call & ask the vet/cardiologist about this.
        Message 3 of 29 , Apr 28, 2002
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          I would call & ask the vet/cardiologist about this.

          > -----Original Message-----
          > From: adawson1971@... [mailto:adawson1971@...]
          > Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 1:39 AM
          > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
          > Subject: [FH] Coughing
          >
          >
          > Can anyone tell me what a cough sounds like?
          >
          > Moth has been making what sounds like a hairball. But
          > he's been doing it
          > every few days. Until recently, he only did it every
          > six weeks or so. But
          > after he started hairball formula food, it was even
          > rarer than that until
          > about 2 weeks ago when it started happening every
          > couple of days. BTW, I've
          > never actually seen a hairball, not even before.
          >
          > Annette
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        • zellenesa
          Coughing should not be ignored. If you have not seen a hairball, the cough could be due to several things, all of which require a vet s care. My Widgie coughs
          Message 4 of 29 , Apr 29, 2002
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            Coughing should not be ignored. If you have not seen a hairball, the
            cough could be due to several things, all of which require a vet's
            care. My Widgie coughs when she has fluid buildup due to her heart
            condition and this is a very serious thing. She also has feline
            asthma and takes inhaled meds for this. I have learned to tell the
            difference between the two coughs most of the time.

            Does you cat extend its neck and give a dry, hacking cough? OR is it
            a moist sounding cough? Do you notice the sides moving in and out or
            even the throat and nose moving while your cat is breathing? IS the
            cat breathing faster than, sy, 30 breaths per minute?

            In any case, this requires a trip to the vet asap, in my opinion.


            z
          • adawson1971@aol.com
            Well the good news is that there is no fluid build up in Moth s lungs. An interesting tidbit I learned is that Moth s heart problem is on the right side and
            Message 5 of 29 , Apr 29, 2002
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              Well the good news is that there is no fluid build up in Moth's lungs. An
              interesting tidbit I learned is that Moth's heart problem is on the right
              side and it's unusual for that type to lead to congestion in the lungs.
              However, if the problem progresses to point that the left is weakened, that
              could lead to congestion problems.

              The Dr. thought the coughing could be a sign of Asthma, but the x-rays didn't
              show any indication of that either. The best guess is that it's some sort of
              infection, given that the onset was progressive instead of immediate. So Moth
              will be on antibiotics for the next 10 days.

              The bad news is that the Dr. added 1//2 tablet of Lasix. The really bad news
              it that for the next 10 days I'lll have to convince Moth that the 3 pills he
              has to take are for his own good.

              Annette and Moth
            • marcijoy2002
              Speaking strictly as a human asthmatic, but with no experience with feline asthma ... I do not think you can definitively diagnose asthma (or the absence of
              Message 6 of 29 , Apr 29, 2002
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                Speaking strictly as a human asthmatic, but with no experience with
                feline asthma ...
                I do not think you can definitively diagnose asthma (or the absence
                of asthma) with an x-ray. Sometimes asthmatics have hyperinflated
                lungs because air gets trapped in them, but I don't think that is
                always the case. Asthma is, by definition, an intermittent disease.
                An asthmatic cat's lungs might seem perfectly normal when it is not
                in the middle of an asthma attack.

                In humans, asthma is often diagnosed by inducing an asthma attack
                with chemicals, and seeing if the person responds to anti-asthma
                medication. But I suppose it is cruel and unethical to do this with
                cats.

                Once again, I don't have experience with feline asthma, just the
                human kind. You might want to do a search on feline asthma on the
                internet.

                Marcia and Morris


                --- In feline-heart@y..., adawson1971@a... wrote:
                > Well the good news is that there is no fluid build up in Moth's
                lungs. An
                > interesting tidbit I learned is that Moth's heart problem is on the
                right
                > side and it's unusual for that type to lead to congestion in the
                lungs.
                > However, if the problem progresses to point that the left is
                weakened, that
                > could lead to congestion problems.
                >
                > The Dr. thought the coughing could be a sign of Asthma, but the x-
                rays didn't
                > show any indication of that either. The best guess is that it's
                some sort of
                > infection, given that the onset was progressive instead of
                immediate. So Moth
                > will be on antibiotics for the next 10 days.
                >
                > The bad news is that the Dr. added 1//2 tablet of Lasix. The really
                bad news
                > it that for the next 10 days I'lll have to convince Moth that the 3
                pills he
                > has to take are for his own good.
                >
                > Annette and Moth
              • adawson1971@aol.com
                I just assumed the Dr. meant that the x-ray showed no asthma. But he could have meant some of the other things that they did while they had Moth in the back.
                Message 7 of 29 , Apr 29, 2002
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                  I just assumed the Dr. meant that the x-ray showed no asthma. But he could
                  have meant some of the other things that they did while they had Moth in the
                  back. And Moth, did have a short coughing spell while they we were at the
                  hospital. I don't know if that was a "benefit" or not.

                  But I did take your advice and did a quick search for feline asthma and
                  according to what I found that an x-ray does help with cats.

                  "Physical examinations vary. Cats that are between episodes may be found to
                  be totally normal. With an advanced disease, abnormal sounds may be heard in
                  the lungs. Severely affected cats may display severe respiratory distress
                  (open mouth
                  breathing, blue membranes, and wheezing).

                  Fortunately, chest x-rays can help diagnose the cause of feline bronchitis. A
                  full medical examination, including a complete blood count, serum chemistry
                  profile, and urinalysis are also helpful, as are tests for parasites
                  (particularly heartworm and
                  toxoplasmosis). Your veterinarian will determine the best way to diagnose the
                  disease.

                  Cats with severe respiratory distress should be medically stabilized before
                  any diagnosis. In a stable cat, any identifiable underlying causes can be
                  eliminated. If there is a suspected environmental irritant, that should also
                  be eliminated. The removal of any irritant can lead to a cure."



                  > Subj:Re: [FH] Coughing
                  > Date:4/29/02 12:31:24 PM Central Daylight Time
                  > From:<A HREF="mailto:foxfried@...">foxfried@...</A>
                  > Reply-to:<A HREF="mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com">feline-heart@yahoogroups.com</A>
                  > To:<A HREF="mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com">feline-heart@yahoogroups.com</A>
                  > Sent from the Internet
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Speaking strictly as a human asthmatic, but with no experience with
                  > feline asthma ...
                  > I do not think you can definitively diagnose asthma (or the absence
                  > of asthma) with an x-ray. Sometimes asthmatics have hyperinflated
                  > lungs because air gets trapped in them, but I don't think that is
                  > always the case. Asthma is, by definition, an intermittent disease.
                  > An asthmatic cat's lungs might seem perfectly normal when it is not
                  > in the middle of an asthma attack.
                  >
                  > In humans, asthma is often diagnosed by inducing an asthma attack
                  > with chemicals, and seeing if the person responds to anti-asthma
                  > medication. But I suppose it is cruel and unethical to do this with
                  > cats.
                  >
                  > Once again, I don't have experience with feline asthma, just the
                  > human kind. You might want to do a search on feline asthma on the
                  > internet.
                  >
                  > Marcia and Morris
                  >
                  >
                  >

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                • zanth_99
                  Hi everyone, I m probably going to sound like a paranoid mom in this post, but Boo Kitty had a litte coughing fit today. It lasted for, oh, about 45 seconds to
                  Message 8 of 29 , Sep 18, 2003
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                    Hi everyone,

                    I'm probably going to sound like a paranoid mom in this post, but
                    Boo Kitty had a litte coughing fit today. It lasted for, oh, about
                    45 seconds to a minute. Even before she had CHF, I would rarely ...
                    if ever ... hear her cough. Her breathing seems fine, her tounge
                    and gum color is fine, she's active, affectionate and happy. She's
                    also eating.

                    I did have to shut up the house this morning, my area is under a
                    tropical storm warning due to Isabel, we've had all the windows in
                    the house open for a couple of weeks...I guess maybe she may have
                    gotten some dust?

                    It's ok, you can tell me I'm a paranoid mom, just wondering if this
                    is anything I should be concerned with.

                    Sandy & Boo Kitty
                    PS - late onset HCM, 1/4 Lotensin & 1/2 Atenolol daily, 1/2 Lasix
                    every other day, 1/2 baby asprin every 3 days
                  • Heather Grace
                    Hi Sandy, My Purcy also has HCM and has had a couple of small coughing fits recently, too. I live in central Massachusetts and the air quality has been so bad
                    Message 9 of 29 , Sep 18, 2003
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                      Hi Sandy,

                      My Purcy also has HCM and has had a couple of small coughing fits
                      recently, too. I live in central Massachusetts and the air quality
                      has been so bad this summer. My vet thinks that's why Purcy did some
                      coughing. In fact, the technician there told me that many dogs and
                      cats were being affected by allergies this summer. I don't know if
                      that's what's wrong with Boo Kitty. I hope that's all it is. My vet
                      said that as long as Purcy's gums look okay, and he doesn't have
                      labored breathing then he should be alright. But if you have any
                      doubts, take Boo Kitty in to see your vet.

                      Take care,

                      Heather & Purcy
                      HCM, 1/2 Lasix everyday, 1/2 Enacard everyday, 1 baby aspirin every
                      three days

                      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "zanth_99" <sandra_scanlon@h...>
                      wrote:
                      > Hi everyone,
                      >
                      > I'm probably going to sound like a paranoid mom in this post, but
                      > Boo Kitty had a litte coughing fit today. It lasted for, oh, about
                      > 45 seconds to a minute. Even before she had CHF, I would
                      rarely ...
                      > if ever ... hear her cough. Her breathing seems fine, her tounge
                      > and gum color is fine, she's active, affectionate and happy. She's
                      > also eating.
                    • zanth_99
                      Hi Heather, Thanks so much, weather permitting she is scheduled for a checkup with her regular vet tomorrow evening, but in the meantime I will just keep a
                      Message 10 of 29 , Sep 18, 2003
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                        Hi Heather,

                        Thanks so much, weather permitting she is scheduled for a checkup
                        with her regular vet tomorrow evening, but in the meantime I will
                        just keep a very close eye on her. Gum and tongue color still very
                        good, no coughing now for several hours. Still have lights, cable
                        and tv, so she and I are happy.

                        Sandy & Boo Kitty

                        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Heather Grace" <seasaidh@c...>
                        wrote:
                        > Hi Sandy,
                        >
                        > My Purcy also has HCM and has had a couple of small coughing fits
                        > recently, too. I live in central Massachusetts and the air
                        quality
                        > has been so bad this summer. My vet thinks that's why Purcy did
                        some
                        > coughing. In fact, the technician there told me that many dogs
                        and
                        > cats were being affected by allergies this summer. I don't know
                        if
                        > that's what's wrong with Boo Kitty. I hope that's all it is. My
                        vet
                        > said that as long as Purcy's gums look okay, and he doesn't have
                        > labored breathing then he should be alright. But if you have any
                        > doubts, take Boo Kitty in to see your vet.
                      • reijanen
                        My 6-year-old cat has HCM, he was diagnosed 1,5 years ago. His meds are: - Diltiazem twice a day - Furesis 1-2 times a day - baby aspirin every third day -
                        Message 11 of 29 , Sep 25, 2004
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                          My 6-year-old cat has HCM, he was diagnosed 1,5 years ago. His meds are:
                          - Diltiazem twice a day
                          - Furesis 1-2 times a day
                          - baby aspirin every third day
                          - supplements: Fish oil capsules and sometimes extra taurine.

                          He has been in good shape during this time.

                          Couple a weeks ago we moved into a bigger apartment and he loves our
                          new home. He has been very playful and very active. But lately he has
                          been coughing about once a day, usually at nights. He has never done
                          it before. Should I take him to the vet? Or should I wait and look if
                          there will be any change in his condition? He isn't tired or anything,
                          but still I'm a little bit afraid.

                          reija
                        • lisa
                          I ve been there, It s distressing to see your cat coughing . Have they considered the possibility of asthma if nothing shows on an echo? I kind of see the
                          Message 12 of 29 , Jul 22, 2005
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                            I've been there, It's distressing to see your cat "coughing". Have
                            they considered the possibility of asthma if nothing shows on an echo?
                            I kind of see the point of the scaredy cat theory since the spells seem
                            stress induced, and she's right about propanolol and panic attacks in
                            people. Have they done blood work to look at the other systems in the
                            body and how they are functioning? Hope you don't feel guilty if you
                            can't access specialists. Sometimes you have to place yourself in the
                            hands of your vet and know, just like with parenting, you're doing the
                            best you can. We could all second guess our vets, ourselves and our
                            decisions about our pets to an extreme but it won't change the fact
                            that all life is a short term gift and we rarely have control over when
                            it's going to be taken away. You love your cat and the time you have is
                            precious but always too short in re: to our typically long
                            lives.
                            Good luck to you and hope it's not too serious. Lisa
                          • Bab006@aol.com
                            How much does your cats cough that are in CHF? I was gone almost a week over the holidays and my petsitter NEVER heard Sim cough once. He was here over 4
                            Message 13 of 29 , Apr 26, 2006
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                              How much does your cats cough that are in CHF? I was gone almost a week
                              over the holidays and my petsitter NEVER heard Sim cough once. He was here over
                              4 hours a day. I am with him about 2 hours in the morning before work and
                              about 4 hours in evening before bed and this evening Sim has had over 4 bad
                              coughing spells. He has not even had one that I know of in the last 4 days
                              alone. The pet sitter did not even see him breath hard and I was able to show
                              him what it looked like when he was breathing hard. I don't know what to
                              consider normal coughing when he goes over a week without coughing and now all of
                              a sudden he is coughing all evening and breathing hard. How do you
                              determine when they are in trouble or just a normal coughing attach? I am usually
                              seeing about 2 bad coughs a week. I would jsut like something to roughly
                              compare it too.
                              Bridget

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                            • Sue at MAGDRL
                              Bridget, When Pepper was in CHF, she NEVER coughed. You could see her sides moving a bit harder than normal, but unless she really exerted herself where she
                              Message 14 of 29 , Apr 26, 2006
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                                Bridget,

                                When Pepper was in CHF, she NEVER coughed. You could see her sides moving a
                                bit harder than normal, but unless she really exerted herself where she was
                                panting, you just wouldn't know unless you were aware of her condition and
                                looking for symptoms.


                                Sue


                                ----- Original Message -----
                                From: <Bab006@...>
                                To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
                                Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:29 PM
                                Subject: [FH] Coughing


                                > How much does your cats cough that are in CHF? I was gone almost a week
                                > over the holidays and my petsitter NEVER heard Sim cough once. He was
                                here over
                                > 4 hours a day. I am with him about 2 hours in the morning before work
                                and
                                > about 4 hours in evening before bed and this evening Sim has had over 4
                                bad
                                > coughing spells. He has not even had one that I know of in the last 4
                                days
                                > alone. The pet sitter did not even see him breath hard and I was able to
                                show
                                > him what it looked like when he was breathing hard. I don't know what to
                                > consider normal coughing when he goes over a week without coughing and
                                now all of
                                > a sudden he is coughing all evening and breathing hard. How do you
                                > determine when they are in trouble or just a normal coughing attach? I
                                am usually
                                > seeing about 2 bad coughs a week. I would jsut like something to roughly
                                > compare it too.
                                > Bridget
                                >
                              • Cannon,Kimberly
                                Q-tip used to cough quite a bit, but that was misdiagnosed as allergies/asthma. Since she has been on heart medications, I have not heard her coughing at all.
                                Message 15 of 29 , Apr 27, 2006
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                                  Q-tip used to cough quite a bit, but that was misdiagnosed as
                                  allergies/asthma. Since she has been on heart medications, I have not heard
                                  her coughing at all. Therefore I have assumed all coughing was due to her
                                  severe CHF at the time of dignoses. She only had 1/2 of one lung to breathe
                                  with and she has recovered quite well with medications.

                                  -----Original Message-----
                                  From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com]On
                                  Behalf Of Sue at MAGDRL
                                  Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:52 PM
                                  To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                                  Subject: Re: [FH] Coughing


                                  Bridget,

                                  When Pepper was in CHF, she NEVER coughed. You could see her sides moving a
                                  bit harder than normal, but unless she really exerted herself where she was
                                  panting, you just wouldn't know unless you were aware of her condition and
                                  looking for symptoms.


                                  Sue


                                  ----- Original Message -----
                                  From: <Bab006@...>
                                  To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
                                  Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:29 PM
                                  Subject: [FH] Coughing


                                  > How much does your cats cough that are in CHF? I was gone almost a week
                                  > over the holidays and my petsitter NEVER heard Sim cough once. He was
                                  here over
                                  > 4 hours a day. I am with him about 2 hours in the morning before work
                                  and
                                  > about 4 hours in evening before bed and this evening Sim has had over 4
                                  bad
                                  > coughing spells. He has not even had one that I know of in the last 4
                                  days
                                  > alone. The pet sitter did not even see him breath hard and I was able to
                                  show
                                  > him what it looked like when he was breathing hard. I don't know what to
                                  > consider normal coughing when he goes over a week without coughing and
                                  now all of
                                  > a sudden he is coughing all evening and breathing hard. How do you
                                  > determine when they are in trouble or just a normal coughing attach? I
                                  am usually
                                  > seeing about 2 bad coughs a week. I would jsut like something to roughly
                                  > compare it too.
                                  > Bridget
                                  >




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                                • Ruthie
                                  Same here. Unless Butters is needing a med adjustment, I rarely hear her cough anymore. And unfortunately, it looks like we might need to go that route in
                                  Message 16 of 29 , Apr 27, 2006
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                                    Same here. Unless Butters is needing a med adjustment, I rarely hear her
                                    cough anymore. And unfortunately, it looks like we might need to go that
                                    route in the not so distant future. For right now though, it's not anywhere
                                    near bad enough to concern me.


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                                    ----- Original Message -----
                                    From: "Cannon,Kimberly" <kimberly.cannon@...>
                                    To: "Sue at MAGDRL" <susan@...>; <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
                                    Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:07 AM
                                    Subject: RE: [FH] Coughing


                                    > Q-tip used to cough quite a bit, but that was misdiagnosed as
                                    > allergies/asthma. Since she has been on heart medications, I have not
                                    > heard
                                    > her coughing at all. Therefore I have assumed all coughing was due to her
                                    > severe CHF at the time of dignoses. She only had 1/2 of one lung to
                                    > breathe
                                    > with and she has recovered quite well with medications.
                                    >
                                    > -----Original Message-----
                                    > From: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com [mailto:feline-heart@yahoogroups.com]On
                                    > Behalf Of Sue at MAGDRL
                                    > Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:52 PM
                                    > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                                    > Subject: Re: [FH] Coughing
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > Bridget,
                                    >
                                    > When Pepper was in CHF, she NEVER coughed. You could see her sides moving
                                    > a
                                    > bit harder than normal, but unless she really exerted herself where she
                                    > was
                                    > panting, you just wouldn't know unless you were aware of her condition and
                                    > looking for symptoms.
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > Sue
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > ----- Original Message -----
                                    > From: <Bab006@...>
                                    > To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
                                    > Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:29 PM
                                    > Subject: [FH] Coughing
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >> How much does your cats cough that are in CHF? I was gone almost a week
                                    >> over the holidays and my petsitter NEVER heard Sim cough once. He was
                                    > here over
                                    >> 4 hours a day. I am with him about 2 hours in the morning before work
                                    > and
                                    >> about 4 hours in evening before bed and this evening Sim has had over 4
                                    > bad
                                    >> coughing spells. He has not even had one that I know of in the last 4
                                    > days
                                    >> alone. The pet sitter did not even see him breath hard and I was able
                                    >> to
                                    > show
                                    >> him what it looked like when he was breathing hard. I don't know what
                                    >> to
                                    >> consider normal coughing when he goes over a week without coughing and
                                    > now all of
                                    >> a sudden he is coughing all evening and breathing hard. How do you
                                    >> determine when they are in trouble or just a normal coughing attach? I
                                    > am usually
                                    >> seeing about 2 bad coughs a week. I would jsut like something to roughly
                                    >> compare it too.
                                    >> Bridget
                                    >>
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                                  • myisabelle0929
                                    Hello everyone, I am curious about coughing and how common it is with your cats? I have had Isabelle off the Lasix for a few months now and just on Enalapril
                                    Message 17 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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                                      Hello everyone,

                                      I am curious about coughing and how common it is with your cats? I
                                      have had Isabelle off the Lasix for a few months now and just on
                                      Enalapril and she seemed to be doing great with out it however,
                                      recently she has been coughing a lot more after being picked up or if
                                      I give her a little squeeze for a hug when I hold her. I listen to
                                      her breathing and it sounds a bit raspy but it's not labored and her
                                      respiratory rate seems close to normal. I am surprised her resp. rate
                                      has slowed down because although she has seemed well for months it was
                                      always pretty high. I have also not seen her in a relaxed position
                                      (curled up in a ball) for quite a few days.

                                      Thanks for any insight.

                                      LaReina
                                    • Carol
                                      Hi LaReina, Coughing can start up when there s fluid accumulating. If she s doing it often, and it s not just a once and a while thing, I d get her chest
                                      Message 18 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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                                        Hi LaReina,

                                        Coughing can start up when there's fluid accumulating. If she's doing
                                        it often, and it's not just a once and a while thing, I'd get her
                                        chest xrayed again to make sure there's no fluid in there. You don't
                                        want to wait if there is. You won't necessarily hear the fluid. It can
                                        sound very diffused sometimes. When I listen with the stethoscope,
                                        sometimes the fluid does sound like crackling, but sometimes it sounds
                                        like a raspy sound.

                                        I wouldn't wait too long on it. If she is building up fluid again, you
                                        don't want her to go into CHF. She may need to be on a small dose of
                                        Lasix all the time to control it.

                                        You need to find out what's going on and the xray will tell you if
                                        there's fluid in there or not.

                                        hugs,
                                        Carol and Snowball and the gang
                                      • gill7penny
                                        Hi. Last Friday mid morning Sasha started coughing. It was like a fur ball cough but unusual for her. I could hear fluid and thought she was going to vomit
                                        Message 19 of 29 , Sep 10, 2009
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                                          Hi. Last Friday mid morning Sasha started coughing. It was like a fur ball cough but unusual for her. I could hear fluid and thought she was going to vomit some up during the coughing. I thought she was going to need the hospital so grabbed my shoes and car keys. By then she had finished coughing and was brighter than she had been in weeks. She trotted off and asked for food and has been really active and alert since then and her breathing has not been so fast. However this morning the same thing happened and the coughing went on for a bit longer. My husband was with her this time through most of it and said it was like she dislodged fluid but just swallowed it back down instead of bringing it up. I had just commented before this episode that Sasha was quiet today, but after this happening she has been active and bright again.

                                          Does this imply there could be fluid in the lungs now? She is still on 10mg Frusemide daily though some days we do give a 2nd dose if she seems to be breathing particularly fast. Her breathing has been faster the last few weeks generally, about 40-45 breaths per minute at rest, though sometimes a bit less.

                                          I really don't want to take her to vets unless it is absolutely necessary as it does stress her out so much. I just wondered if anyone else had experienced the coughing with their HCM kitties.

                                          Gill and Sasha
                                        • Westgold
                                          Hi -- this is very interesting. I believe they can cough up some fluid. Just before my kitty died suddenly of HCM she screamed loud enough to wake me up, and
                                          Message 20 of 29 , Sep 10, 2009
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                                            Hi -- this is very interesting. I believe they can cough up some fluid. Just before my kitty died suddenly of HCM she screamed loud enough to wake me up, and I found her in the sphynx position in a big puddle of fluid. So perhaps if there's just a tiny bit, a cat can cough it into her mouth and then swallow it, like you described. But if there's a lot, then it can't be swallowed and kitty will drown in it. That's what happened to my little girl. We personally cannot properly tell how much fluid is in a kitty -- unless the breathing rate is like over 35-40 bpm. (Normal is around 25.) If you see that fast breathing, or very deep labored breathing, you need to go to the ER immediately. Deep labored breathing may mean that kitty is drowning in fluid -- she needs immediate help. Only a vet can tell how much fluid is in there. Don't take any chances!

                                            take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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                                            From: gill7penny
                                            To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                                            Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2009 6:04 AM
                                            Subject: [FH] Coughing


                                            Hi. Last Friday mid morning Sasha started coughing. It was like a fur ball cough but unusual for her. I could hear fluid and thought she was going to vomit some up during the coughing. I thought she was going to need the hospital so grabbed my shoes and car keys. By then she had finished coughing and was brighter than she had been in weeks. She trotted off and asked for food and has been really active and alert since then and her breathing has not been so fast. However this morning the same thing happened and the coughing went on for a bit longer. My husband was with her this time through most of it and said it was like she dislodged fluid but just swallowed it back down instead of bringing it up. I had just commented before this episode that Sasha was quiet today, but after this happening she has been active and bright again.

                                            Does this imply there could be fluid in the lungs now? She is still on 10mg Frusemide daily though some days we do give a 2nd dose if she seems to be breathing particularly fast. Her breathing has been faster the last few weeks generally, about 40-45 breaths per minute at rest, though sometimes a bit less.

                                            I really don't want to take her to vets unless it is absolutely necessary as it does stress her out so much. I just wondered if anyone else had experienced the coughing with their HCM kitties.

                                            Gill and Sasha





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                                          • gill7penny
                                            Hi. Thanks to everyone who responded with advice about Sasha having a couple of coughing episodes recently. I increased her dosage of Frusemide throughout
                                            Message 21 of 29 , Sep 11, 2009
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                                              Hi. Thanks to everyone who responded with advice about Sasha having a couple of coughing episodes recently. I increased her dosage of Frusemide throughout the day after reading all your comments. I knew the coughing was probably a bad symptom but didn't realise it could be life threatening so quickly. Sasha ended up having a total of 4 x 10mg doses. My original vet said a maximum of 60mg was OK if urgent although there would come a point when this wouldn't work. I will reduce the dosage today to 2 x 10 and see how things go. Tamia, one thing stood out for me from your post regarding Lovie, is that the heart has to be more important than the kidneys. I totally agree with that. Fortunately Sasha hasn't shown any sign of kidney damage so far.

                                              After monitoring Sasha during the night, I can see her breathing is easier and down to about 38 breaths per minute.

                                              I will contact my vet trainee cardiologist today. She has been brilliant with Sasha. The problem is that a trip of 40 minutes to the hospital itself could make Sasha very ill and we could lose her. I need to weigh that up against trying to find ways to prevent the fluid building up without too many tests.

                                              I love my little girl so much I just don't want her to suffer but I feel caught between what course of action will be best for her. I am hoping any treatment can be given by the branch vets just 5 minutes away from where I live but that has to be the hospital's decision.

                                              Thanks again for all your support.

                                              Gill and Sasha
                                            • Westgold
                                              Yes, be sure tht you talk to a cardiologist TODAY, you don t want to be stuck all weekend not sure if you re doing the right thing. Tigger also totally freaks
                                              Message 22 of 29 , Sep 11, 2009
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                                                Yes, be sure tht you talk to a cardiologist TODAY, you don't want to be stuck all weekend not sure if you're doing the right thing. Tigger also totally freaks when we go out of the house, and the last time we just went to our regular vet his little heart actually stopped beating for 20 seconds from the stress of it all. I am only going to take him out when it is absolutely necessary --- but there are times when it is necessary, and Sasha was darn close there yesterday. Anything over 40 breaths a minute is an emergency. She could have been drowning in the fluid in her lungs. We really have to keep an eye on our precious little ones.
                                                ----- Original Message -----
                                                From: gill7penny
                                                To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                                                Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 4:20 AM
                                                Subject: [FH] Coughing


                                                Hi. Thanks to everyone who responded with advice about Sasha having a couple of coughing episodes recently. I increased her dosage of Frusemide throughout the day after reading all your comments. I knew the coughing was probably a bad symptom but didn't realise it could be life threatening so quickly. Sasha ended up having a total of 4 x 10mg doses. My original vet said a maximum of 60mg was OK if urgent although there would come a point when this wouldn't work. I will reduce the dosage today to 2 x 10 and see how things go. Tamia, one thing stood out for me from your post regarding Lovie, is that the heart has to be more important than the kidneys. I totally agree with that. Fortunately Sasha hasn't shown any sign of kidney damage so far.

                                                After monitoring Sasha during the night, I can see her breathing is easier and down to about 38 breaths per minute.

                                                I will contact my vet trainee cardiologist today. She has been brilliant with Sasha. The problem is that a trip of 40 minutes to the hospital itself could make Sasha very ill and we could lose her. I need to weigh that up against trying to find ways to prevent the fluid building up without too many tests.

                                                I love my little girl so much I just don't want her to suffer but I feel caught between what course of action will be best for her. I am hoping any treatment can be given by the branch vets just 5 minutes away from where I live but that has to be the hospital's decision.

                                                Thanks again for all your support.

                                                Gill and Sasha





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                                              • jintzr
                                                Hi- just reading this, so I haven t seen the other responses, but could Sasha have asthma? I have two HCM cats, one with asthma also. It is much more common
                                                Message 23 of 29 , Sep 11, 2009
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                                                  Hi- just reading this, so I haven't seen the other responses, but could Sasha have asthma? I have two HCM cats, one with asthma also. It is much more common for the coughing to be from asthma, that is a typical sign. Asthma and HCM other go hand in hand. That being said, if they check your kitty out for asthma and it turns out she does have it, do not let them give your kitty oral steriods or a steriod shot. That can kill HCM kitties. Your kitty would need to be on an albuterol (rescue) inhaler and an inhaled steriod Flovent.

                                                  --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "gill7penny" <gill7penny@...> wrote:
                                                  >
                                                  > Hi. Thanks to everyone who responded with advice about Sasha having a couple of coughing episodes recently. I increased her dosage of Frusemide throughout the day after reading all your comments. I knew the coughing was probably a bad symptom but didn't realise it could be life threatening so quickly. Sasha ended up having a total of 4 x 10mg doses. My original vet said a maximum of 60mg was OK if urgent although there would come a point when this wouldn't work. I will reduce the dosage today to 2 x 10 and see how things go. Tamia, one thing stood out for me from your post regarding Lovie, is that the heart has to be more important than the kidneys. I totally agree with that. Fortunately Sasha hasn't shown any sign of kidney damage so far.
                                                  >
                                                  > After monitoring Sasha during the night, I can see her breathing is easier and down to about 38 breaths per minute.
                                                  >
                                                  > I will contact my vet trainee cardiologist today. She has been brilliant with Sasha. The problem is that a trip of 40 minutes to the hospital itself could make Sasha very ill and we could lose her. I need to weigh that up against trying to find ways to prevent the fluid building up without too many tests.
                                                  >
                                                  > I love my little girl so much I just don't want her to suffer but I feel caught between what course of action will be best for her. I am hoping any treatment can be given by the branch vets just 5 minutes away from where I live but that has to be the hospital's decision.
                                                  >
                                                  > Thanks again for all your support.
                                                  >
                                                  > Gill and Sasha
                                                  >
                                                • snickfly
                                                  Since I am new to this and have seen you write about coughing, I wanted to clarify. Charlie has an episode ( not sure what else to call it) last night and
                                                  Message 24 of 29 , May 8, 2013
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                                                    Since I am new to this and have seen you write about coughing, I wanted to clarify. Charlie has an 'episode' ( not sure what else to call it) last night and this morning but I don't know if it was coughing or if he was trying to bring up a hairball. Do they look/sound the same?

                                                    He has been doing well with the Lasix and Atenolol. His appetite is good, he is playing and even mischievous at times. So I am not sure what the 'episodes' were. It looked like the other kitties when they are working on a hairball. He goes for blood work and check up on Friday afternoon so I will bring it up to the vet then, but just wanted to see if you guys could give me any info.

                                                    Thanks,
                                                    Anne and Charlie
                                                  • elfinmyst
                                                    Hi Anne None of my heart cats have ever had coughing as a symptom surprisingly. It s always been a hairball or respiratory infection. I would definitely
                                                    Message 25 of 29 , May 8, 2013
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                                                      Hi Anne

                                                      None of my heart cats have ever had coughing as a symptom surprisingly.
                                                      It's always been a hairball or respiratory infection. I would definitely
                                                      mention it though as cardiac cough is a real symptom. Has his breathing rate at
                                                      rest increased or is it different. (Double breaths where they intake twice,
                                                      deep pulling in of stomach or at rest over 40 are all red flags.)

                                                      Lyn

                                                      _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)

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                                                    • Laurie Stead
                                                      Coughing is definitely a symptom of fluid build up.  Keep a close eye on Charlie s breathing.  If it increases from his normal , I would bring him in
                                                      Message 26 of 29 , May 8, 2013
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                                                        Coughing is definitely a symptom of fluid build up.  Keep a close eye on Charlie's breathing.  If it increases from his "normal", I would bring him in now.  

                                                        Laurie




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                                                        From: snickfly <snickfly@...>
                                                        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                                                        Sent: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:09 AM
                                                        Subject: [FH] Coughing



                                                         
                                                        Since I am new to this and have seen you write about coughing, I wanted to clarify. Charlie has an 'episode' ( not sure what else to call it) last night and this morning but I don't know if it was coughing or if he was trying to bring up a hairball. Do they look/sound the same?

                                                        He has been doing well with the Lasix and Atenolol. His appetite is good, he is playing and even mischievous at times. So I am not sure what the 'episodes' were. It looked like the other kitties when they are working on a hairball. He goes for blood work and check up on Friday afternoon so I will bring it up to the vet then, but just wanted to see if you guys could give me any info.

                                                        Thanks,
                                                        Anne and Charlie




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                                                      • Blakey Girl
                                                        This is actually what started this whole HCM journey for my boy. He was doing the same thing you are describing. On the xray i was told that that because his
                                                        Message 27 of 29 , May 8, 2013
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                                                          This is actually what started this whole HCM journey for my boy. He was doing the same thing you are describing. On the xray i was told that that because his heart was so big, it looked like it was pushing his larynx away from where it should be. Since we started all his meds, i noticed less episodes. I would definitely have them check it out when you go if it wasn't there before. Not sure if that helped or not. Best of luck!

                                                          Blake and Schmutz
                                                          To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                                                          From: snickfly@...
                                                          Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 12:09:36 +0000
                                                          Subject: [FH] Coughing


























                                                          Since I am new to this and have seen you write about coughing, I wanted to clarify. Charlie has an 'episode' ( not sure what else to call it) last night and this morning but I don't know if it was coughing or if he was trying to bring up a hairball. Do they look/sound the same?



                                                          He has been doing well with the Lasix and Atenolol. His appetite is good, he is playing and even mischievous at times. So I am not sure what the 'episodes' were. It looked like the other kitties when they are working on a hairball. He goes for blood work and check up on Friday afternoon so I will bring it up to the vet then, but just wanted to see if you guys could give me any info.



                                                          Thanks,

                                                          Anne and Charlie



















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                                                        • snickfly
                                                          I took Charlie to the vet today and even though he had normal respirations and normal heart rate, no rattling sounds in the chest through stethoscope, the xray
                                                          Message 28 of 29 , May 8, 2013
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                                                            I took Charlie to the vet today and even though he had normal respirations and normal heart rate, no rattling sounds in the chest through stethoscope, the xray showed fluid in his lungs...actually more than when I first took him in with rapid respirations and he was diagnosed.

                                                            So he is increasing his dose of Lasix...well it's something that starts with an F, can't remember the name......anyway, his dose is increased. Blood work showed that his kidney enzymes were ok so the increase was ok to do. Vet said he was on a very low dose to start. Hoping this works. He has been so happy and playful....maybe too much. So I am keeping him in just one room until we go back in two weeks for a check up.

                                                            --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "snickfly" <snickfly@...> wrote:
                                                            >
                                                            > Since I am new to this and have seen you write about coughing, I wanted to clarify. Charlie has an 'episode' ( not sure what else to call it) last night and this morning but I don't know if it was coughing or if he was trying to bring up a hairball. Do they look/sound the same?
                                                            >
                                                            > He has been doing well with the Lasix and Atenolol. His appetite is good, he is playing and even mischievous at times. So I am not sure what the 'episodes' were. It looked like the other kitties when they are working on a hairball. He goes for blood work and check up on Friday afternoon so I will bring it up to the vet then, but just wanted to see if you guys could give me any info.
                                                            >
                                                            > Thanks,
                                                            > Anne and Charlie
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