Do cats have emphysema?

@ronnyb (6120)
Jamaica
December 12, 2009 6:22pm CST
Or some other breathing problems.I notice that they always seem to be having difficulty breathing and it scares teh hec_k out of me to be near them .When we weer younger we were told that cats would make us sick by giving us asthma,I think it was a myth but I can see where that myth originated because they breathe as an asthmatic would ?
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
13 Dec 09
Emphysema and usually comes from smoking cigatettes as far as i know. Asthmatic can also or because of smog or i believe heriditary. I have had pets around me all my life. I do not have any breathing problems. I persently own 3 manx cats. They dont have tails. They dont have breathing problems either. Sometimes they do cough up hairballs. Actually there is only 1 of mine that notably does that. Her fur is different from the other two. The hair ball is not shape like a ball, its actually looks like a small 1 inch piece of a dreadlock. I've checked and its not my hair. Lol!!! My cats names are Miss Kitty Kat (mama cat), Her children, Missy Sissy Kat and Bubba Kat. Sissy is the one that coughs hairballs. She sheds alot. I love all my little friends. Its said that people who have pets live longer. What gets to me is people claiming to be alergic to cats but not dogs. What people are alergic to is the dust on the fur. It applies to both cats and dogs. I heard that on a documentary before. So when people claim to be alergic to one and not the other they just look like liars to me. When you go to the stores here you find in the pet section. Isles (more than one) of dog stuff. For cats you may find 1/2 or 1 isle of cat stuff. Theres so much crap out there about cats and most of it is wrong. Theres alot of prejuduce of cats. Black for bad luck. Two of my 3 cats appear black but they are actually called black smoke. If you pet them backwards you see a white grayish undercoat. Anyway they are not bad luck for me. They keep me company. Come to me for affection. People think that cats dont do that. Its said that if theres a cat living in the house that mice will not come into your house. Its also said that cats can hear a mouse walking inside a wall.
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
16 Dec 09
Wow you are sure are knowledgeable on cats and passionate too ,you have great points,thank you for your answer
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
17 Dec 09
My Kat family are my friends. They give me unconditional love.
@suzzy3 (8358)
16 Dec 09
Cats can make asthma worse if you have asthma and you are allergic to cat fur,but they don't give you asthma.Asthma is something you are born with or a lung problem you devlope when you are older.
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
16 Dec 09
Ok thank for your informationyou Suzzy
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
13 Dec 09
I have a few cats but none of them have breathing problems. I just had to pop in and say this reminds me of Stephen Kings Cats Eye movie, where the cat steals your breath.
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
16 Dec 09
ok lol ,yeah sometimes itsure feel liks cats can steal your breath
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Dec 09
I'm not sure, but most things you just have to let them run their course. I remember when Little Bit started to have simular sounding breathing problems. He had a cat's version of a cold. The vet gave us some medicine, but in the end it was up to little bit to figure it out and he was better within a week. I know is painful to watch, but most cats will recover on their own with little human intervention.
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
Hmmm interesting...Isn't that caused by smoking and old age? If we're talking about asthma I think it's possible. I will have to surf the internet and find out more information regarding that.
@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
13 Dec 09
when i was little i heard cats would take your breath away if they slept with you,where did something like that come from. i guess cats get breathing prombles,dogs do.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
13 Dec 09
cats, as a small animal, have more rapid breathing and heart beats I'm sure you aren't mistaking purring as the problem Now, I have had a few cats with different kinds of problems, one had a tumor in her throat that affected finally her breathing. I've had a few that had the Upper Respiratory bug - or "kitty cold" as we call it here - and have a higher incident of colds than the ones who didn't have it.