Need help with cat with persistent congestionMy cat has had a respiratory problem for quite some time,with plugged nasal passages,some sneezing which always helped to get rid of the congestion which just stayed in the nasal passages. However, the condition became chronic after repeated rounds of antibiotics failed to work but it was not too serious because I was able to clear the nasal passages or my cat was always able to sneeze the congestion out.
Now, there seems to be some chest congestion and my cat does not cough it up, or sneeze and that combined with the nasal congestion, results in strands of a mucus-type substance that run from the nose to the throat to the chest that are difficult to dislodge.
I find I have to tap his chest and throat repeatedly and fairly hard just to try to break up the strands or to get him to try and cough it up, and it's difficult to do so and very wearing on him. It interferes with breathing and swallowing too.
My vet has nothing to suggest except to say it's chronic and to put up with it. I can't any longer and neither can my cat.
I've gone the route of antibiotics, vitamin A, echinicea, vitamin C, and grapefruit seed extract to try to boost his immune system. None of it helps for long.
I'm wondering too, if I may have gotten a little Vitamin A liquid in his lungs. He didn't realize what it was when I first gave it to him with a dropper so that he didn't swallow it like I thought he would.It just sort of trickled down. By the time I saw that he wasn't swallowing it, some may have gone down into his lungs and I wonder if that is contributing somewhat to the congestion, at least in his lungs. Maybe not. It's been two months now since that happened and there's still chest congestion. It sounds, when he coughs like he's trying to dislodge strands of nasal discharge that have travelled from his nose down into his throat and chest.
I don't know what else to do. Both and I my cat really need help with this. I would really appreciate some answers as to what I can do.
orian on 2008-09-01
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