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My cat, Pretzel, has asthma, so we have to give him an inhaler twice a day. He's grown to not hate it so much.

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Original Poster127 points · 6 months ago

You merely adopted the asthma. I was born with it. Molded by it.

-Pretzel

Do you feel in charge?

Original Poster9 points · 6 months ago

Hah! I love this!

If I pull that off will you die?

I hope I do

I thought this was gonna be a video of him struggling to breath, not that I'm disappointed. You are a good person.

That’s exactly what I thought too.

dat nintendo switch

Well that's absolutely adorable. Stay healthy Pretzel.

So, what's cat asthma like?

Original Poster127 points · 6 months ago

It's pretty gnarly. If untreated, He'll cough and wheeze about 4 to 5 times a day. He hunches over and essentially flattens out his body, and just coughs for about 3 minutes and can't catch his breath.

If untreated it scars the lungs, and can cause heart disease.

11 points · 6 months ago

My cat does that but for like 30 seconds every other day. How did you find out it was asthma?

A vet.

-104 points · 6 months ago(4 children)

You just said your cat has the symptoms his cat has, a vet will figure out why.

38 points · 6 months ago

who the fuck else is qualified to say its asthma?

Is WebMD still a thing?

/s

Because*

Original Poster20 points · 6 months ago

I Googled it. We actually thought it was bronchitis, because the sound he makes when he coughs is very bronchial and gurgley, so we brought him to the vet for what we thought was bronchitis.

If he's sitting (in the "loaf position") and has his neck and head down and extended flat while coughing, it's likely asthma. I'd you take him to the vet, they'll give him x-rays to take a look at the lungs and they'll be able to diagnose it from that.

Our first vet said it's impossible to treat cat asthma because "you can't force a cat to breathe in the asthma meds". If your vet says that, dump him and go to a new vet.

3 points · 6 months ago

He is likely saying that because he assumed you wouldn't be a good owner and handle the animal to administer medication. This is how vets think, they are trying to do the best they can with what they have.

I do agree with you, if a vet says that stuff, he's there for the job and not the animals.

That's the difference between a good vet and a bad one.

They should give you their recommendation as well as list all the options available for treatment. I've seen some vets assume an owner won't want the expensive option so they don't mention it, and IMO that's a dangerous mistake.

2 points · 6 months ago

My cat does exactly that, and hacks for a while.

How much does the inhaler cost and where can i get it?

Original Poster14 points · 6 months ago

The meds he uses is human asthma medication (Flovent). You have to have a prescription for it, and through US pharmacies it costs around 200 bucks. I go through an online canadian pharmacy where it costs me 70ish a month and it's shipped to my apartment.

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3 points · 6 months ago

That's what we do, too!

2 points · 6 months ago

ha!

I take the same inhaler, with my wife's medical plan I still pay $20 per inhaler.

Aww.. Poor tittenberry. :(

That's very sweet, what an adorable cat.

Original Poster23 points · 6 months ago

He's a really good boy.

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Original Poster58 points · 6 months ago

That's how pretzel was at first. We coaxed him with treats, and now he just hops up on our lap to get his meds. He possibly realized it helps him breathe better.

They can be pretty smart little boogers, even when they're also derpy as hell.

My cats hate going to the vet or getting their meds, and I have one cat that came to me fairly fucked up. While most of his injuries have healed with time, he has an abscess that acts up from time to time, and I have to squeeze it so that it can heal.

It has to hurt like the dickens, yet he always just sits there and curls his claws to brace himself.

All of my cats will behave themselves at the vet's, or if I have to do medical things with them. Even if they hate it, they trust me, and while they don't know why I'm doing this crazy human thing, they know I must be doing it for a good reason. They know I'd never purposefully hurt them.

My King William also. It would be as if you were trying to Murder him. The act, not the cat

I wonder how he got that name...

Sufjan Stevens

these reddit shills are getting clever

I had a cat with significant asthma. Was feeding Iams cat food then. At the suggestion of a new vet switched to a better cat food, no more asthma. Such a relief to not have to administer inhalers and so easily fixed with decent food.

Original Poster26 points · 6 months ago

I wish that worked for us. We've been giving him really high quality food and he loves it, but his asthma is still present.

Have you looked into medicinal catnip?

I heard it's going legal this year.

By really high quality do you mean really pricey kibble? It still won't be anywhere near as good as raw feeding. If you live near a big city there's probably companies selling raw.

Original Poster7 points · 6 months ago

We have kibble out for when we're at work and he wants to munch, but we give him a grain free, raw, wet food every morning and night.

Sounds like kitty's diet is great, and he has great owners who take care of him. Thank you for setting a great example, and helping inform people about cat asthma too!

3 points · 6 months ago

That's one spoiled kitty.

Can you recommend a cat food brand

2 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

after doing some research on google for dry food, there's 2 I like to feed my cat:

ACANA/Grasslands 5.4kg bag for $59cnd

Wellness Core/original, 11lbs bag for $60cnd

Just make sure it's grain free, and the starting ingrediants are all meat products. You will not find these brands in regular stores, like wal-mart, or safeway, only at pet stores, like petsmart or online. The worst cat food brands to feed your cat are pretty much all the brands you find at regular stores, like Whiskas, Purina, Iams ect.

Cats are 100% carnivores, grain fillers does nothing for them.

For wet food I use Hounds & Gatos Chicken Formula, has a lot of protein and water content.

For dry food I use Core Wellness Indoor Formula. I usually mix 80% wet food 20% dry food for their main mealtimes, and then just dry food for midnight snack.

Earthborn Holistic wet food is excellent. For dry food I use natural balance green pea chicken formula. Always look at the ingredient list when shopping around. My cats have the shiniest softest coats ever and love the food they eat, so I assume I'm doing good!

I switched my cat over to Instinct at the vets recommendation. He improved immediately. Eventually we used other very high quality brands including Fromms, Earthborn,and others. In my small home town we have a privately owned pet store that will give me samples to try so that my cat can give approval before I buy a bigger sack. Expect to pay more but so worth it because medication can be much more expensive. Though Blue Buffalo is all over the net he never did like to eat it though our dog did. I avoid buying anything at large retailers like pet smart,Walmart or the grocery store because the tend to have lower quality. Let me know how things go. I’d love to know if yours improves, best of luck!

Thanks for the suggestions! Just curious, when you say "improved", what exactly are you referring to?

Improved means: Asthma no longer needing medication, the old vet had him on low dose of prednisone and albuterol. After diet change the medications were weaned off and he never had another asthma attack afterward. It was a very dramatic turnaround and it was clear he felt much better. I regret not seeking different medical advice sooner.

1 point · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

I would highly suggest Merrick's if you can find it. I have fed my cats the "Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Chicken" for 3 years since doing research on the harmful crap and fillers that cats are fed. My 14-year-old cat is doing amazing on it. Glowing marks from the vet during check-ups. I also supplement with a small bit of water/wet food mix once a day as well to supplement that need for water in their diet.

Did you know cats can get asthma from emotion.. also they can become allergic to humans... http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/askscience/comments/1nqa5g/can_cats_be_allergic_to_humans_in_the_same_way/

This made me google cat coughing I've never heard a cat cough before lol I didn't even know animals could have asthma I do know quite a bit about it cuz I have it myself but this is new. The More you know....

Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago

We didn't know either! He just started wheezing and struggling one day, so we took him to the vet, took some x-rays, and we're like "yep! It's asthma!"

I knew cats could get HIV, and leukemia (I worked at a shelter for a while. It's where I got my little man) but asthma? That was new!

It sounds like they have a fur ball stuck In their throat. With my asthma it's mostly from sports so if your cat had the same as me it would be fine lol generally cats don't do to much 🙃

Is Pretzel allergic to cat hair?

Cats can get asthma?? Wow. I feel bad for your poor kitty. I've been living with asthma my whole life and changes everything even with my inhaler.

ARISE, LORD VADER!

My cats the same. Gets to about 7 breathes and starts to get fed up though. He knows now that when he sees me get the inhaler out that he’s going to get fed straight after.

Are you kidding? He is obviously in distress! /s

How old is Pretzel? He seems like a very happy cat and you clearly take great care of him. I hope you enjoy many years together.

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

He's 9! I adopted him while I was working at a no kill cat sanctuary. He was a kitten and when he was born we had to quarantine him because his mom had feline HIV, so I was the one who cleaned his cage. When I was doing it, he climbed up my arm and perched in my shoulder and would just chill with me like that while I cleaned.

He's the best.

Soooo, TIL that cats can have asthma. And that video is so sweet it hurts!

I hope he's feline better...

I'll go.

Awe what a good boy he's being!

Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago

The best boy!

Thank you so much for sharing. Our cat was recently diagnosed with asthma and we are about to try out the inhaler for the first time. So helpful to read through the comments here and learn tips from your experience.

Hey do you have a video of him having an asthma attack? I think my cat my have asthma, brought him to a vet and he seemed to just chalk us off. He has these cough/wheeze things he does once or twice every couple of days.

Original Poster3 points · 6 months ago

I don't have a video, but you can probably just YouTube a video. The position they usually take when coughing is a "loaf" position, but their neck and head is extended down close to the ground while their cough. It looks like they're straining.

I'd advise you to take your cat to the vet, but be advised, theyre going to want to take x-rays, and the bill will probably be a good 500 bucks sans pet insurance.

I had a similar problem with one of mine, on a hunch I switched his food to hairball reduction biscuits and it cleared up after a few weeks.

Always better to have a vet check it out but in my case he had hairballs that got too big to throw up and needed help dissolving in the stomach. Have since switched back to normal regimen and no coughing or hacking in a couple months.

For those without asthma: Asthma is chronic irritation of your airway. Triggers (exercise, allergies, cold air etc.) can cause increased irritation and tightening of muscles in your airway.

You feel like invisible hands are choking you while you focus all your effort on getting air into your lungs. You can suffocate. A rescue inhaler relieves some of the irritation and allows more air in.

Great job Pretzel!! You are being SUCH a good boy 😍

Man humanity has gotten so pathetic that we are starting to pass on our ridiculous conditions to animals.

0 points · 6 months ago

TIL asthma is a construct /s

Time for a new cat.

Original Poster4 points · 6 months ago

Yeah, another one in addition to Pretzel!

He does need a friend.

Aww, keep truckin’ Pretzel. You have my virtual support.

Thanks for being so great to Pretzel❤️

Is he allergic to cats? I'm pretty allergic to cats.

Plot twist: it's just a giant hair ball he's been working on hacking up the last few years

You should enter Pretzel into the next Tour de France. (Sorry, sport joke). But seriously, I had no idea cats could have asthma or be assisted in this way. Fascinating to watch.

Aww. You're a nice guy.

Aero chambers are the bee's knees!

How long did it take before he stopped hating it? My 8 month old has been on a nebulizer for the last few weeks and still fights me like crazy. I'm not sure he's as smart as a cat yet.

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

He HATED it when we were pumping the thing directly on his face. He hated it less when we held the opening to our chest, pumped, and then placed it on his face. The noise of the pumping scared him. Once we figured out that little problem, he's been fine since then, especially with treats.

Hopefully your 8 month old gets used to the nebulizer quickly. Trying to treat and animal or small human that doesn't necessarily know that you're trying to help them can be an experience for sure. Best wishes!

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1 point · 6 months ago(1 child)
Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

I like to think that most pet owners would do the same as me. I don't understand people who wouldn't.

Scrolling through the titles, I thought for half a second that it said your cat has autism, then realized it said asthma. But it made me wonder do animals have autism?

I house sat for my sister recently when she was on vacation as their cat needs daily saline injections due to renal failure. Learning to stick the cat with a needle is fun......

on the plus side, he looked near death's door when diagnosed and in about a year with saline injections has went from 6 to 9 pounds (had been about 13 before)

I have never seen a cat do this. My cat would never sit still for this.

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

Pretzel is really chill. He kind of just....tolerates everything.

I have a cat with asthma and the inhaler didn't work well for him. Eventually one of the vets suggested depo-medrol injections (a steroid), and we get about 8 weeks of relief from the coughing with those. I think we started the injections in 2007, and he's 14 now and still doing really well, but they do run blood tests every year to make sure his kidneys are ok. Looks like you've got your system down, but it could be worth talking to your vet about for longer term relief.

Very Cute

kitty get well soon

cat has pretty bad asthma

Thank you for not abandoning your pet because of its health issues.

I'm a terrible person because I'm a little disappointed that a pile of metal pots and pans weren't dropped at the end of this clip.

A cat that trusts you enough to do this is a wonderful gift to care for.

Is asthma something cats are born with?

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

I'm not sure. He didn't have it for the first 2 years. He developed it later.

😂

You sure he's not just allergic to cats?

Casthma

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1 point · 6 months ago

Oh my gosh. We have to do this with our cat, too. Same inhaler! Same soft pets!

We had her on steroids at first and she gained so much weight and my husband would have to force the pill down her throat. It was awful. Then we finally got the inhaler. She was weirded out at first and sometimes still tried to wiggle out of her puffs, but she's so much healthier and happier now.

Thanks for being a good pet owner. Many people I tell this about think I'm ridiculous for spending "that much money" on "just a cat"

Original Poster2 points · 6 months ago

We had to give Pretzel steroid shots in a pinch while we waited for his inhaler to arrive, and my vet was really nervous about it as it can cause diabetes. Good on you for switching meds. I don't understand how people can not realize that pets are a part of the family, and not "just a cat". They bring so much joy.

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