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Kimmyrn

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My 6 month old blue tabby has been having upper respiratory issues since the end of August. I took him to the vet and he was put on clavamox, arithromycin eye ointment and now he's on amoxicillin and gentamicin eye drops. He goes through these weird huffing spasms and seems to either be trying to clear his throat or trying to catch his breath. I'm starting to get really worried. His vet said that he could have a chronic upper respiratory infection but it doesn't seem to be clearing up with any of the antibiotics. Just recently his level of activity has been dropping. He is still eating and pooping okay thought. I am going to pick up an antihistamine today and hopefully that will give my baby some relief. Please, any advice would be amazing. Thank you in advance.
 

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We did not have luck with Clavamox. Actually many owners have found it is not effective in some of their kitties. Our vet ended up using Doxycycline which covers a broader spectrum. Perhaps you can ask your vet about it.

Did you video tape episodes of coughing for your vet? Is your baby maybe allergic to the litter?

Patti
 

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Thank you! We are actually searching for a new litter. And I was just talking to my daughter in law about videotaping his episodes. I will definitely talk to the vet about doxycycline. Thank you again!
 

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Mine were sensitive to cheap clay litter and the pine pellets... both ended up coughing on it. Switched the litter and it was all better. We found Dr. Elsey's was the only clay litter that has virtually no dust (even thougg they all claim to be dust free). Also, make sure you choose an unscented litter. Perfumes can cause allergies.

Is it just the coughing, or are eyes and nose involved as well? Coughing can be asthma in cats (they can get a puffer for it). Or it can sometimes be indicative of heart problems as well.
 

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Praying you get the best solutions for your baby and he gets well soon.
You have gotten great advice.
 

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Sending healing thoughts for your baby - Great advice already given

We also switched litter - to cats pride fresh and light unscented clumping in the green plastic jug-
Low dust and no one sneezes anymore including me-

Many of use supplement with l-lysine too

Hope you get to the bottom of what is going on- please keep us updated

Head kisses to your baby from me

Cats pride fresh n light fragrance free in green jug or boxed
It often goes n sale Bogo at local grocery stores for 6.99 -8.69 here at Publix store
 

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I'll be thinking about your baby. I hope it's just an allergic reaction to the litter. Yes, please keep us posted.
 

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Thank you y'all so very much for all the advice.. Kicking myself for not reaching out sooner..thank you to my daughter in law for reminding me of this wonderful community.. I've started mooney on his antihistamine , changed the litter and started a humidifier.. I will go to the ends of the earth for my naked baby.. He has completely stolen our hearts
 

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@Kimmyrn , keep is posted!hope to hear good updates!
Btw, what antihistamine are you giving him and dosage?
 

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My 6 month old blue tabby has been having upper respiratory issues since the end of August. I took him to the vet and he was put on clavamox, arithromycin eye ointment and now he's on amoxicillin and gentamicin eye drops. He goes through these weird huffing spasms and seems to either be trying to clear his throat or trying to catch his breath. I'm starting to get really worried. His vet said that he could have a chronic upper respiratory infection but it doesn't seem to be clearing up with any of the antibiotics. Just recently his level of activity has been dropping. He is still eating and pooping okay thought. I am going to pick up an antihistamine today and hopefully that will give my baby some relief. Please, any advice would be amazing. Thank you in advance.
I wish I knew something that would help...sending positivity your way
 

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I wish I knew of something that could help, I'm sure someone here will be able to give good advice...sending much positivity your way
 

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L lysine is good for uri and many herbs help also. We have spirulina cumin n turmeric it saved a cats life that was so bad he had a neck tube in him n vets have up.
also no no no clay litters ..try clumping wood like pine or the granules that are blue
a hot steamy mist of eucalyptus daily might help
looks baby
 

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lol yeah very old thread


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My 6 month old blue tabby has been having upper respiratory issues since the end of August. I took him to the vet and he was put on clavamox, arithromycin eye ointment and now he's on amoxicillin and gentamicin eye drops. He goes through these weird huffing spasms and seems to either be trying to clear his throat or trying to catch his breath. I'm starting to get really worried. His vet said that he could have a chronic upper respiratory infection but it doesn't seem to be clearing up with any of the antibiotics. Just recently his level of activity has been dropping. He is still eating and pooping okay thought. I am going to pick up an antihistamine today and hopefully that will give my baby some relief. Please, any advice would be amazing. Thank you in advance.
I realize this is an old thread, and sincerely hope your little love is alright.

I’m responding to this for everyone else. Please be aware a chronic cough, like trying to catch their breath or clear their throat, can be a serious issue! My tripod Meezer has a chronic cough that seemed to respond to nothing. We changed litters, tried antibiotics, thought allergies - nothing worked. My vet thought maybe is was a throat issue, and figured if it got serious we’d give her steroids. One day I noticed my darling girl was spending more time then usual sleeping. She seemed to slow down, though food intake, and waste, we’re all normal. A blood test showed she had some elevation in her gallbladder, so an ultrasound was ordered. It was then we found the fluid in her abdomen; Keiko had FIP — the wet variety.

For those of you not familiar with FIP, please read up about it. I know UC Berkley's vet department is trying to come up with a vaccine for FIP, but as of now there is no test, no vaccine, and no cure. FIP, especially wet, is almost always fatal. I got another week with my darling girl before it was time to do the right thing for her. She was only 6 1/2 years old, and not a day goes by that I don’t cry to Malakai about how much I miss her.
 

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@Rhaevin thank you for sharing your story to help other. I'm very sorry fo the loss of your loss. FIP is such a terrible disease.
 
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