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  • melzywi26
    Sassy was doing fine since diagnosed with a heart murmur and HCM (all though unconfirmed HCM, but suspected.) Last few days I ve noticed her Sneeze once a
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 9 3:52 PM
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      Sassy was doing fine since diagnosed with a heart murmur and HCM (all though unconfirmed HCM, but suspected.)   Last few days I've noticed her Sneeze once a day.  And now she's coughing. She's coughed since before her heart issue. Only once in a great while.  Not sure if it's heart related or asthma. I have two other kitties who have asthma, and this sound similar.  They are doing construction around us so there is a lot of dust in the air, and people are cutting lawns.  So not sure if it's asthma from the air quality around the house (no windows open, and have central air with a filter).  Or if this coughing is related to the heart issue.  The doc wanted her on benazapril to help her heart because she also has beginning CRF even though Kidney numbers at last blood draw were normal and so was BUN.  She has elevated Phosphorus, and Potassium.  I have not given her the benazapril because of the possible side effect of increased potassium.

      Last night I had to resort to getting her to take her pills by putting it in some cheese. I had to have two cheese balls.  She at them, but then this morning when I came to let her out, she had thrown everything up, including all the food she ate!  So not sure if that was the cheese or, again related to the heart.  

      Otherwise she seems to be acting much better since the phosphorus binders, and generic Zantac.    I have not gotten her back into the vet to do a retest because I have another cat who needs dental, or she will get another kidney infection. So she can't go in until the other cat has her dental done.  Not enough money to do both. Unfortunately.  So hopefully by august 1st or so I should be able to get Sassy in to get blood work.  

      Hope to have a reply tonight from someone here :)


      Thanks!

      Mel & The Gang

    • Amber Bruno
      My heart kitty sneezes when he is starting to fill with fluid. He was coughing and sneezing prior to being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 9 4:01 PM
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        My heart kitty sneezes when he is starting to fill with fluid.  He was coughing and sneezing prior to being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and  congestive heart failure.  His former vet was so confident that felines don't cough due to heart issues that she diagnosed him with asthma without doing any further testing.  She gave him a steroid injection that sent him into congestive heart failure.  Sneezing and coughing can be caused by upper respiratory infections and other issues, but if he has HCM I would rule out the heart and fluid first.

        On Jul 9, 2014 6:52 PM, "mizmelzy76@... [feline-heart]" <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
         

        Sassy was doing fine since diagnosed with a heart murmur and HCM (all though unconfirmed HCM, but suspected.)   Last few days I've noticed her Sneeze once a day.  And now she's coughing. She's coughed since before her heart issue. Only once in a great while.  Not sure if it's heart related or asthma. I have two other kitties who have asthma, and this sound similar.  They are doing construction around us so there is a lot of dust in the air, and people are cutting lawns.  So not sure if it's asthma from the air quality around the house (no windows open, and have central air with a filter).  Or if this coughing is related to the heart issue.  The doc wanted her on benazapril to help her heart because she also has beginning CRF even though Kidney numbers at last blood draw were normal and so was BUN.  She has elevated Phosphorus, and Potassium.  I have not given her the benazapril because of the possible side effect of increased potassium.

        Last night I had to resort to getting her to take her pills by putting it in some cheese. I had to have two cheese balls.  She at them, but then this morning when I came to let her out, she had thrown everything up, including all the food she ate!  So not sure if that was the cheese or, again related to the heart.  

        Otherwise she seems to be acting much better since the phosphorus binders, and generic Zantac.    I have not gotten her back into the vet to do a retest because I have another cat who needs dental, or she will get another kidney infection. So she can't go in until the other cat has her dental done.  Not enough money to do both. Unfortunately.  So hopefully by august 1st or so I should be able to get Sassy in to get blood work.  

        Hope to have a reply tonight from someone here :)


        Thanks!

        Mel & The Gang

      • Emily Valentin
        Hi Mel, My cat Tiger used to sneeze some when he was going in CHF. He would first sneeze here and there, then a day or too would pass, and then he would begin
        Message 3 of 4 , Jul 9 6:22 PM
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          Hi Mel, 
          My cat Tiger used to sneeze some when he was going in CHF. He would first sneeze here and there, then a day or too would pass, and then he would begin to cough. Once he received the appropriate meds his sneezing and coughing stopped completely. However, when it was time to readjust the meds the sneezing and coughing cycle would begin again. I would notice he would lay in weird positions and he would take double breaths. Those were my signs that CHF was setting in and I would increase the diuretic some and take a trip to the vet. 

          Now, my mother has a cat with asthma and one big difference I saw is that she has a lot of eye discharge and when she coughs I can hear congestion is not dry like the cough of Tiger. I can also hear my mom's cat lungs wheeze when she breaths. So there is some difference between the coughs of asthma and those related to CHF. 

          I hope this help and I pray that Sassy feels better soon. 

          Emily--Forever Tiger's mom 

          Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
          Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
          Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

          "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
        • Emily Valentin
          Mel I forgot to ask if you ve tried Greenies Pill Pockets to give Sassy her meds? Tiger loved the pill pockets. It was never a hassle to give him his meds. Now
          Message 4 of 4 , Jul 9 6:25 PM
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            Mel I forgot to ask if you've tried Greenies Pill Pockets to give Sassy her meds? Tiger loved the pill pockets. It was never a hassle to give him his meds. Now if Sassy takes Enalapril be advised that it can be harsh on their tummy and that if mixed with another pill right away it may cause your kitty to throw up. Tiger couldn't take Enalapril and Vetmedin together so I would have a 1hr wait in between. 

            Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
            Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
            Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

            "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
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