Hyper-t, heart and antihistamines
- 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
I have a heart kitty with feline asthma. Is it possible this is what could be happening with your baby too?? It was actually Sheba's old cardiologist who diagnosed her with feline asthma off her chest Xray. Our regular vet at the time had NO IDEA and incorrectly prescribed antibiotics to my girl for over a year . . . all to no avail. The symptoms would disappear only to return again.
That is until the asthma diagnosis. Sheba is now successfully on inhaled steroids and her asthma is well controlled. And, she can continue to do so with no adverse affects to heart meds she may be prescribed in the future.
Our current cardiologist also is fine with me giving her Claritin occasionally for allergies.
Love and kitty kisses,
Jordan and Sheba
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