|Purred: Sat Mar 23, '13 2:43pm PST |
|Fiyero has asthma. He'll be just fine except for these coughing jags where he sticks his neck straight out and starts to sound like he's about to die. He was doing great for most of the winter, but as we get further in to allergy season, I have a feeling, he'll have some flare ups. Here are some of the things that I've started to do that have helped quite a bit:
1. Dust regularly. I hate dusting. Loathe it. But I will do it for Fiyero. I dust once a week. I do the blades on the mini blinds every two weeks. Vacuum on a regular basis too. And don't forget to clean out the canister and clean out the filter.
2. Change the sheets on your bed regularly. Dust and dander and whatnot collect in sheets, especially if the cats are regular sleeping companions. My sheets get changed every two weeks. I also wash my bath mats every couple of weeks too.
3. If you can afford one, get an air filter. It will help in between dustings to get all of the dust and allergens out of the air.
4. When it appears that there is a flare up, talk to your vet about some Prednisone. When Fi's asthma acts up, he gets a regimen of half a Prednisone twice a day for three days, then once a day for three days, the one every other day for three doses. It helps with the inflammation in his lungs. My vet has also told me that if that doesn't seem to be effective, cats can be trained to use inhalers, but thankfully, we aren't there yet.
Hope this helps some.
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