My 9 year old guy was diagnosed with feline asthma about 2 years ago. Not terrifically troubled by it (so far). Perhaps 1 or 2 episodes, lasting under a minute, in a 24 hour period. Maybe a couple more I'm not around to witness.
I got all possible allergens out of the house clumping cat litter, scented fabric softeners, carpet deodorizers, etc. I don't smoke either. However, every time the forced air furnace kicks on, he runs over and plants himself on top of the register. I had the ducts cleaned a year ago, and will have them done again next month. I can't help but think that this behavior doesn't help his respiratory problem.
He is pretty well an inside cat, but pops out for VERY short spells. Kinda spooky, which suits me fine.
Any suggestions? If the problem worsens, and I read that it is progressive, I was wondering if there was any sort of filtering material to place over the vents, so the heat will come through, but crap won't blow into his bronchials. Some sort of medication intervention eventually, I suppose (AeroKat?). Hope I don't have to go the steroids route with the attendant risk of diabetes. I have already had two diabetic cats in my lifetime.
Thanks for any information or experiences.
Blair T. North Vancouver, B.C.
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circa Sun, 18 Jan 2004 12:57:52 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, blair thompson (Email Removed) said,
My 9 year old guy was diagnosed with feline asthma about 2 years ago. Not terrifically troubled by it (so ... have already had two diabetic cats in my lifetime. Thanks for any information or experiences. Blair T. North Vancouver, B.C.

There are HEPA filters for furnaces; do you have those? I believe that there are also hypoallergenic register covers.

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Any suggestions? If the problem worsens, and I read that it is progressive, I was wondering if there was any ... attendant risk of diabetes. I have already had two diabetic cats in my lifetime. Thanks for any information or experiences.

Do you have an air filter (HEPA preferred) on your furnace? That may help.

However, if your cat is coughing once or twice a day, that's fairly serious asthma. If it were me I'd want to have him treated before there is scarring in the lungs.
With inhalant allergies it may be impossible to eliminate every source. We have a cat with asthma, and I strongly recommend you not let the condition go untreated. We use the Aerokat inhaler with Flovent and it has completely eliminated her symptoms. She also became more active and playful again once her coughing was eliminated we had not realized how sick she felt before she was treated, but she spent most of time sleeping. We felt bad that we waited until she was coughing several times a week to seek treatment.
Do you still have to give her steroids with the Flovent? I talked to another person that is using the Aerokat but she says the vet is still giving the cat steroids. We have Meesha on a natural cortisone but I'm interesting in learning about the Aerokat. Also, how often do you give her the Flovent? Thanks.
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Do you still have to give her steroids with the Flovent?

No. She was on a short course of prednisolone before we started the Aerokat. The vet wanted to try the steroids first to verify his diagnosis, because usually ashtma will respond pretty quickly to them. Since our cat stopped coughing completely within a day of starting the prednisolone, he then had us taper off while starting the Flovent with the Aerokat. One of the great advantages of Flovent is that it doesn't have all the negative side effects of prednisone/prednisolone.
I talked to another
person that is using the Aerokat but she says the vet is still giving the cat steroids.

Normally using Flovent will eliminate the need for steroids. I subscribe to a list for feline inhaled medications, and seldom does anyone have to use steroids once the Flovent kicks in. If they do, the diagnosis of asthma is questionable often it means there is something else going on. Most cats' asthma will be controlled by Flovent and the occasional use of Albuterol to stop an attack. Our cat's asthma has never been so bad as to require Albuterol.

We have Meesha on a natural cortisone but I'm interesting in
learning about the Aerokat. Also, how often do you give her the Flovent? Thanks.

The Aerokat is the inhaler device, made especially for cats. Most cats get used to it pretty quickly after a few days our cat was fine with it. The newest protocol recommends starting with one puff of Flovent 110 mcg. twice a day. Once the asthma is under control, you may be able to reduce the frequency , but some cats will need more there is also a 220 mcg. size.

At present we give our cat one puff Flovent 110 mcg. once every other day, but most subscribers to the inhaled medication list need to give Flovent more frequently than that.
Dr. Padrid in Chicago is the vet who pioneered the use of Aerokat/Flovent to control feline asthma. Many vets are not yet familiar with his protocols, so if you want to try the Aerokat/Flovent route, you may have to urge your vet to look into Dr. Padrid's research. Here's some info: www.aerokat.com/
http://home.triad.rr.com/alexisandjason/felineasthma/treatments/ (this is a British site, so what we call Flovent is called Flixotide there, FYI)
I don't know whether the natural cortisone you are using with Meesha has any long term side effects, but Flovent is not absorbed into the blood stream. The only negative side effects the cats using it have had is an occasional rash around the muzzle, which seems to be easily cleared up. Our cat has not had this side effect, possibly because she doesn't get the Flovent as often as normal.
If you want to know anything more, let me know. For many people, ourselves included, using Flovent has made a remarkable difference in our cats' health and happiness.
Thank you so much for the information. I'm going to discuss it with my husband and with our vet. I like the fact that it doesn't get into the bloodstream and doesn't have the side effects that steroids do. The natural cortisone we're giving Meesha is not supposed to have side effects, but you never know. I'll send you some information on it when I get home from work as it's on my home computer.
Also, how bad was your cat's asthma? Was she just coughing or was she also gasping for breath? How often did she have attacks before you put her on the Flovent?
Thanks again,
Lauren

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Thank you so much for the information.

You're quite welcome.
I'm going to discuss it with my
husband and with our vet. I like the fact that it doesn't get into the bloodstream and doesn't have the side effects that steroids do.

Just wanted to clarify Flovent is a steroid, but since it's inhaled it goes straight to the lungs. Yes, it doesn't have all the side effects of oral or injected steroids.
The natural cortisone we're
giving Meesha is not supposed to have side effects, but you never know. I'll send you some information on it when I get home from work as it's on my home computer.

Thanks. Is it working? If it's controlling her asthma well, I'd be hesitant to change.
Also, how bad was your cat's asthma?

The vet said it was mild and we started treating her before there was any damage to her lungs.
Was she just coughing or was she also
gasping for breath?

Just coughing. She never showed any signs of respiratory distress. However, we didn't realize until she was treated that it was also making her feel lethargic. She was sleeping a lot and so she had gained weight. With the Flovent she became more active and lost more than a pound. So even though we never saw her panting or gasping for breath, she obviously didn't feel like exerting herself too much.
How often did she have attacks before you put her on the
Flovent?

At the worst, she was coughing several times a week, usually in the middle of the night or early in the morning. She would just have a coughing jag and then go back to sleep. It didn't seem to distress her. Now she hasn't coughed at all since October, and that was only one small cough. After starting the Flovent (once it kicked in takes a week or two) she coughed at the most once every month or two. She had a brief flare up in early fall and we had to increase her dosage, then tapered back down. Her flare-up in the fall coincided with my husband's allergies so it seems seasonal.
husband and with our vet. I like the fact that it doesn't get into the bloodstream and doesn't have the side effects that steroids do.

Just wanted to clarify Flovent is a steroid, but since it's inhaled it goes straight to the lungs. Yes, it doesn't have all the side effects of oral or injected steroids.

Oh, ok. Thanks.
The natural cortisone we're

It is working. So maybe you're right, we should stick with it. But I do like knowing what other options are.

Meesha's was never that bad either. Just coughing. I just wish I knew what she was specifically allergic to. We've installed an air cleaner on our furnace and try to keep the dust down as much as possible.

I emailed you about the stuff we're giving Meesha. Thanks again, I appreciate it.
Lauren

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