One of my cats, Rajah, has been coughing for about a month now. I first suspected a stubborn hairball, but after 2 weeks of it and nothing coming up, I took him to the vet. She thought Rajah might have caught a cold so she sent us home with some antibiotics. Now less than 2 weeks since he's finished the antibiotics, he is still coughing almost on a daily basis so the vet thinks it could be asthma. She asked me to take him back to her clinic so she can do x-rays and blood work. The estimate I got for the tests, anesthesia, and asthma medication (if that is the final diagnosis) is close to $400.

I'm a full-time graduate student and I'm struggling to stay afloat even with a part-time job. I have absolutely no idea how to take care of these costs and I'm afraid the longer I hold off from getting this taken care of, his condition will continue to get worse (although his coughs have been sporadic). I looked into pet insurance but the companies consider this a pre-existing condition. The vet's office suggested I apply for Care Credit. Does anyone have experience with it? Any other suggestions?
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I have never heard of "Care Credit," so I can't comment on it. We also don't know what country you live in, so it will be difficult for anyone to suggest any type of financial help for you.

What I did when I was going to school and had no money is this:

Every month put away $20 to $40 in a "pet care" account, and don't touch it for anything other than vet care for your fur kid. It sure saved my butt more than once!
I'm in the states (sorry, I just discovered the depth of the profile).
Well, I'm in Canada, so I still can't help with suggestions on where to go for financial help for animal care.

I did just think of something else, however ...

My cat, Goldie, started hacking and coughing like that a couple of months ago. It went on for a couple of weeks before I realized that it was just a simple hair ball that wouldn't come up. I got her a malt hair ball stick, and started giving that to her every day until she started getting better. She's fine now.

So, head to your nearest pet store and get some malt. It will cost you around $5 or so. It's a great place to start, and may turn out to be all you need.
I would suggest trying homeopathy for Rajah. It will be cheaper and should cure your cat (antibiotics and meds are just suppressing it) so that it won't be a life long cost! That is, if JustaBrat's suggestion doesn't work out [Ye]

Good luck and keep us posted
if it is just a hairball i also find it helps my cat to cough one up if i rub his stomache when he does it
Been there, done that. When I first noticed his coughs, I tried everything--Petromalt, Laxatone, butter... Even the way he coughs is different from when he is about to cough up a hairball. When it's a hairball, his face is pointed towards the ground. Asthmatic cats cough with their necks outstretched so as to clear out their lungs.
PunkybrewsterI would suggest trying homeopathy for Rajah. It will be cheaper and should cure your cat (antibiotics and meds are just suppressing it) so that it won't be a life long cost!
I'm a regular of a holistic pet store in town and I met with the health specialist there a couple of days ago. We're trying out Congaflex first.
This is what I don't like about the traditional medicine - too often do I get a feeling that they're aimed at getting your money rather than curing your pet (or you). Which is worse, sometimes they prescribe meds just at random, and such treatment can make more harm than good. Emotion: sad Of course there are good vets too, but looks like it's more and more difficult to find them...

I'm actually a supporter of homeopathy too because it helped myself greatly this year, and it eventually cost less than my numerous visits to traditional doctors (I should've gone to a homeopath at once, eh).
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