Cat with allergies?

@ljcapps (1926)
United States
May 26, 2007 1:17am CST
We just recently got a new cat and she seems to have trouble just breathing! She will be sitting there and out of nowhere there comes this wheezing sound. I traced the noise down to my sweet little Tika. Have you ever had a problem like this with you cat? Any advice will be welcome.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
26 May 07
Sounds like she might be asthmatic, though I'm not sure that cats can be. But one of my cats wheezes sometimes when she's on her own. It stops when I call her to me, so I'm surmising that in her case, the wheezing is due to her feeling a bit stressed. I have two cats, but they don't really get on together and if one of them is with me the other, (the wheezer)seems reluctant to approach until I encourage her to do so. Hence the stress.
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
29 May 07
well, we're afraid that it might be more than allergies. She acts fine, she's energetic, she eats well, and drinks plenty of water. But apparently before we got her, she had some kind of chest infection, that they assured me she was over. So we're going to schedule a trip to the vet. She needs to go anyway for her shots, so it's just needed all the way around.
29 May 07
I hope it turns out all right :-)
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• United States
26 May 07
Yes cats can develop allergies. I have one cat that has very sensitive skin to the point where she hates to be touched in that area. I took her to my vet and he said that she's got allergies to my other cats. I can't afford medication for her so I just to keep my house as clean as possible. But she's started sneezing and wheezing a lot so I might have to take her back for another check up.
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
29 May 07
I feel for her. Humans have allergies, i don't know why animals wouldn't. We're hoping it's not anything too major. We've got to take her for shots, b/c we're not sure she's ever had any, and once she's a little older, we'll take her to get spayed. But she's very active and affectionate, and doesn't act like it bothers her at all.
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
26 May 07
Some cats suffer from the same symptoms when they are stressed. And being taken from one home to another can be very stressful. I would suggest that you talk to your vet about it. But also, given time, the symptoms should lessen if it is being brought on by stress. Congrats on the new cat! :)
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
29 May 07
I finally got my little black cat!!! She's great. She's already adjusted really well to the new household, and likes to attack our little Chihuahua. My wife noticed the other day that poor Daisy was looking a little disheveled. And we finally figured out why. Tika likes to hide around corners in wait for the dog, and then jumps on her. It's hilarious. But we're very happy to have her.
• United States
26 May 07
Have your vet check her out. In the mean time, if you can get her to sit still, take a flashlight and look up her nose. Yep, that's right, shine it up there. If you see anything, she might have a nodule. Your vet will be able to really look up there deep - and check things out for you. What's a nodule? Oh, a little bit of flesh that just grown anywhere it's not supposed to be. Sometime they occur in the nasal passage, causing a wheezing sound. Another tell-tale sign of a nodule is one eye watering. It does this because the tear duct gets blocked by the nodule. The good news about this is that if that's what it is, the vet can fix it up, zip, zap, and you can take her home the same day. It's not a tough thing to do. (And it should not cost much!) On the other end of it, some cats live with nodules and we never know it till they're really old! And some get hay fever. It's true. One of my cats used to sneeze and sneeze, and still does, really. He's smaller than my others, and seems to be more susceptible to anything in the air.
@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
29 May 07
That might be it. We need to take her to the vet anyway, and we'll just have him check her out. We were a little concerned when we got her, b/c she's about a year old, and she's tiny. She only weighed about 4 pounds when we took her. Now? LOL since having a regular supply of food and water, she's put on about a pound, and is already much more active!!
• United States
26 May 07
My lab would always suffer from hay fever - does that count?
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
29 May 07
LOL that does count. My wife jokes that our cat is obscene b/c she's a heavy breather. I feel for anything or anyone that suffers from hay fever!!
@maevic (821)
• Bahrain
30 May 07
Sometimes my cat is like that. She sneezes nonstop for like ten sneezes. But after few hours she will be fine and she gets an attack like once in two months. But if you are in doubt you can go to a vet and check her. Observe her if it didn't go for 2 days.