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[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 128 points129 points  (9 children)

[–]kousi 131 points132 points  (5 children)

[–]_stayhuman 11 points12 points  (0 children)

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


[–]boolean_sledgehammer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Do you feel in charge?

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Hah! I love this!

[–]SkyWorthy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If I pull that off will you die?

[–]kousi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope I do

[–]EverymoveIchoose 20 points21 points  (1 child)

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

[–]Paragraph_Appraiser -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That’s exactly what I thought too.

[–]alexwillreddit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

dat nintendo switch

[–]hulagirlslovetoparty 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Well that's absolutely adorable. Stay healthy Pretzel.

[–]autoerotica 35 points36 points  (20 children)

So, what's cat asthma like?

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 128 points129 points  (19 children)

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.

[–]strupp 11 points12 points  (17 children)

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

[–]Itsokimacop 63 points64 points  (7 children)

A vet.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 16 points17 points  (7 children)

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.

[–]dgpoop 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]FrankiePancakes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]6chan 1 point2 points  (4 children)

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

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

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 13 points14 points  (3 children)

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.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's what we do, too!

[–]Cryptic-Panther 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]autoerotica 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww.. Poor tittenberry. :(

[–]actorslashmodel 28 points29 points  (1 child)

That's very sweet, what an adorable cat.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

He's a really good boy.

[–]BoRamShote 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Sufjan Stevens

[–]deusfaux 0 points1 point  (0 children)

these reddit shills are getting clever

[–]sanleawal 17 points18 points  (15 children)

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.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 23 points24 points  (6 children)

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.

[–]Imsofakingwetoded 59 points60 points  (1 child)

Have you looked into medicinal catnip?

[–]bubblesfix 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I heard it's going legal this year.

[–]Naatan 0 points1 point  (3 children)

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.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]noirealise 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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!

[–]Naatan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's one spoiled kitty.

[–]insaneblane 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Can you recommend a cat food brand

[–]nemisis1877 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]noirealise 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]digophelia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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!

[–]sanleawal 0 points1 point  (2 children)

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!

[–]insaneblane 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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

[–]sanleawal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]Flesh-Odium 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]_BulletSpongeBob_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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/

[–]Spetzy97 4 points5 points  (2 children)

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....

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

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!

[–]Spetzy97 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

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 🙃

[–]AusCan531 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is Pretzel allergic to cat hair?

[–]BattlePigg 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]ALSAwareness 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Goody1988 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]raintheory 1 point2 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]TheDongerNeedsFood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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

[–]PMB91184 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hope he's feline better...

I'll go.

[–]ValleyofSlaughter 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Awe what a good boy he's being!

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The best boy!

[–]babylegs123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]LogicalDefense 1 point2 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]The_Fuad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]PeterMus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]shine-notburn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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

[–]TheBullMoose50 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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

[–]RicRod -1 points0 points  (0 children)

TIL asthma is a construct /s

[–]CzechThisOut -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Time for a new cat.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah, another one in addition to Pretzel!

He does need a friend.

[–]cicadacall 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]Elephantmenstruation 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for being so great to Pretzel❤️

[–]RebelWithoutAClue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]snoutpower 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]Collected1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]Balthanos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww. You're a nice guy.

[–]aan8993uun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aero chambers are the bee's knees!

[–]mandreko 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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.

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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!

[–]Dizneymagic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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?

[–]Drak_is_Right 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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)

[–]Pixiedust2358 0 points1 point  (2 children)

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

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

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

[–]notTimOrEric 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]icyxios 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very Cute

[–]lilkidm23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

kitty get well soon

[–]sarahjiffy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

cat has pretty bad asthma

[–]sarahjiffy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]skittlesaddict 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]ICantProcessThis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]swworren 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is asthma something cats are born with?

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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

[–]Tripleberst 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You sure he's not just allergic to cats?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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"

[–]Bac0nLegs[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.