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Old 05-09-2009, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I apologize for the capslock, but this is serious.

My cat is having an asthma attack, is breathing is continually worsening, he is not responding to his oral medicine, and he panics and tries to hold his breath to inhalers. Every single veterinarian's office is closed until Monday morning. Is there ANYTHING I can do to save my cat, he won't survive through the night without help.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Emergency vet, even if an hour or more away.

What is the oral med? Oral predisone is not quick acting, but will hopefully kick in ater 45 minutes to an hour.

Do you have a cat mask and rebreather for the inhaler? What type of inhaler are you using? The new HFA (the propelant) require wasting anywhere from 1 to 4 puffs before using, if the inhaler was't used in the last some many days (varies with each inhaler).

If you don't have a mask, a clear plastic tub (large enough for the cat to fit) with a tight fitting lid might do in a pinch. Put the cat in the tub, use the inhaler several times while holding it in the tub, quickly, and close the lid. I would do a few extra puffs as the medicine will spread around the inside of the tub and be wasted. Watch the cat closely and after he takes several breaths, he can come out.

Go in the bathroom withyour cat and turn on the shower (hot) and let the steam build up. this doesn't help all cats, but it is worth a try.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We are indeed using predisone, but we gave him the medicine more than 45 minutes ago. He's been occasionally coughing for about a week or so, but today it got a lot worse. We were given an abuterol puff-inhaler, but he holds his breath with the mask against his face, and he starts struggling when he can no longer hold his breath. Since I'm also asthmatic, we have an abuterol nebulizer, but he panics when we try using that (for obvious reasons). This has happened a few times before, but it usually happens when a vet is available, so we just take him and he gets an injection. Right now, he's hiding under an old wooden bed and we can't get to him (which is possibly the worst place to be, since it's so dusty).

If we can get him out I guess we'd just have to take him to an emergency vet.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's a thread that links to a site for locating emergency vets....

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Old 05-09-2009, 07:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When you talk to you vet, ask about using the nebulizer for your cat. You will need a 1 cc syringe to measure the amount of medication to use for your cat, per the vet's orders. I remember reading about the large tote used as a container for the nebulizer - they put a hole on the side so the mouth piece for the nebulizer could fit - this is where I go the idea for the container for the inhaler.

Also, ask about oral albuterol. It comes in a pediatric dosage, so it should work with cats. You really have to watch the heart rate though.

The new HFA inhalers have a different smell and taste than the old ones.
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, we went to the closest emergency vet and got an injection, and his breathing seems to be improving. I didn't get to read the post about the nebulizer, so I didn't ask the doctor about that...

Thanks for your help!
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I'm glad he's doing better, I hope he keeps improving.

What's his name? Pictures?

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I'm so glad he's improving. I can see why he panics, poor baby. The large tote with a hole in the side sounds like a good idea.
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