|Purred: Thu Dec 1, '11 4:27pm PST |
|This problem originally began with what sounded like congestion when my cat was purring, which went on for about a month before I made a vet appointment, and my vet said nothing seemed out of the ordinary and suggested I use a humidifier since dry air could be causing the problem. Since that appointment my cat seemed to be breathing harder than usual, though his respiratory rate was still normal. I could see his stomach and chest moving as he breathed when he was lying down, but not when sitting up. It seemed to worsen slightly until the night before last, when his stomach and chest were moving even when sitting up and I could see that he was using his abdominal muscles in breathing. He was acting completely normal the entire time, being his usual self, eating and drinking as normal, etc., but I was very concerned since I'd heard abdominal breathing was a bad sign, so I took him to the emergency vet.
At the emergency vet, they did a physical exam, listened to his heart and lungs, and did a chest x-ray. The vet told me that everything came back normal, his lungs and heart sounded fine, and that the x-ray showed nothing except possible mild inflammation, which could be the beginning of asthma or could be nothing (her words.) She offered a blood test, which would be very expensive there compared to at my normal vet, but said that she expected the results of the test to come back normal. I asked if she thought I should get the test done and she said that if it was her cat, she probably wouldn't, since she did not expect to find anything. Because of this I opted not to get the blood test at that time. I took the cat back home with no further tests.
My cat is still acting totally normal but I can't help but be worried. His side is just moving much more than it used to when he breathes. He isn't wheezing or anything, and I have never seen him pant or breath with his mouth open, but it's hard to tell if he is making any noise while breathing because he is an always-purring cat (he's always been this way) and the sound of the purring drowns out any other sounds there might be. His breathing is within the normal range for cats, but a little on the high end (around 30-45 breaths per minute which the vet said was normal.) The only other thing I've noticed is he seems to be licking his lips more than usual but his eating and drinking habits remain the same, and he seems to be using the litter box as much as usual.
He does not seem to be in any pain and is still playful. However I am concerned that the vet didn't see the extent of his abdominal breathing, since it's most evident when he is lying down. I explained the problem in detail to the vet but she didn't seem very concerned about it. She kept referring to it as "a little bit of abdominal involvement" but it seems like more than a little to me. I don't know why he would breathe better while at the vet's though, since I'm sure he was stressed.
Do you think I should get the blood work done at my regular vet's? I don't have much money, especially this time of year, so I don't want to pay for tests which I was basically told by an experienced vet were unnecessary, but I can't help but worry that something is wrong. Maybe I am being paranoid. Does anyone here know of cats with mild asthma that have no symptoms other than heavier breathing? He has never coughed, wheezed, panted or breathed with his mouth open that I am aware of. I am not sure if I should be worried or not. Thanks!
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