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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail
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Purred: Fri Dec 14, '12 3:52am PST 
P.S. My vet still thinks this new cough is a new herpes symptom, and if I can get Mama to take L-Lysine regularly, the cough might clear up. She's just about impossible to give L-Lysine to. We usually just inject the gel form into their mouths with a syringe, but Mama won't have that. If I give her one dose, she hides for days. I try to put it in her food and she won't touch it. So I've ordered some cat treats dosed with L-Lysine. Hopefully she'll eat them. But knowing her, she probably won't! I'm crossing fingers!
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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail
Mama

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Purred: Thu Dec 13, '12 4:26pm PST 
Update: Went to see the vet this morning. He said by the looks of the bald/semi-bald patches on Mama's tail, she is causing the hair loss herself by over-grooming. He said it might be from a combination of things. She's licking to relieve stress and anxiety because she's had a lot of big changes happen this year, but the vet also found one of her anal glands was completely impacted. He drained it and she immediately seemed like she felt better. Since we've been home she seems so much more relaxed. I did give her Bach flower Pet Rescue Remedy for stress before we left for the vet, but I've given that to her lots of times and it never has made her so relaxed. Anyway, I'm supposed to spray some topical spray on the bald spots every day and give her a lot of attention. Hopefully her beautiful fur will grow back and she can start feeling better!
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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail

Mama

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Purred: Thu Dec 13, '12 1:14pm PST 
Update: Went to see the vet this morning. He said by the looks of the bald/semi-bald patches on Mama's tail, she is causing the hair loss herself by over-grooming. He said it might be from a combination of things. She's licking to relieve stress and anxiety because she's had a lot of big changes happen this year, but the vet also found one of her anal glands was completely impacted. He drained it and she immediately seemed like she felt better. Since we've been home she seems so much more relaxed. I did give her Bach flower Pet Rescue Remedy for stress before we left for the vet, but I've given that to her lots of times and it never has made her so relaxed. Anyway, I'm supposed to spray some topical spray on the bald spots every day and give her a lot of attention. Hopefully her beautiful fur will grow back and she can start feeling better!
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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail

Mama

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Purred: Wed Dec 12, '12 11:08am PST 
Update: got an appointment for Mama for Thursday morning at the vet. Hope we can figure this out! Ever since I noticed her tail the other night, I've been keeping a close eye on her and she IS licking it obsessively. Sigh. It's probably stress. But could be allergies or a parasite...hard to tell. Hopefully my vet will figure out what's wrong.
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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail

Mama

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Purred: Tue Dec 11, '12 9:16pm PST 
I'm not sure about the asthma. She's never had any signs of asthma before she started coughing earlier this year. I have a cat who has asthma, and Mama's cough is very different from his. My vet listened to Mama's lungs during several visits this year and her lungs always sounded clear. When my vet listens to my cat with asthma's lungs, he always hears "something".

I'm thinking this is stress related, and I feel so bad. When we brought our 8th rescue, Gypsy, inside at the beginning of the year, I think that put our house over-ratio. Several of our cats are having issues since Gypsy's introduction. There's a lot of territorial fighting going on. It's a constant battle. I've considered trying to find a home for some of the newer cats (like Gypsy) but it's hard...all of our cats have special needs and their care is expensive and time consuming. I have all those fears that no one will care for them like I do...that they will succumb to their illnesses and die from the stress of seperation from me. I wish there was a good solution that would make everything better, but I haven't figured a good one out yet. I spend money I can't afford to buy cat pheramones to calm my cats nerves, natural remedies that I give some of them for stress...I've turned my small house into a cat house. Every room has a cat bed (actually, multiple beds) cat trees, cat scratchers, multiple litterboxes, multiple food/water stations....I've exhausted all the ways to reduce the stress of a multi-cat household. The stress of worrying about their stress is almost too much for me.

Anyway, sorry to go on and on...I guess I just need to seek advice and comfort from other cat lovers who understand what I am going through. My family and friends think I've got a screw loose and refer to me in jest (but not really) as the crazy cat lady. I guess I am a crazy cat lady. I don't think that will ever change.

Thanks for the responses. Would appreciate more feedback if anyone else has some ideas.
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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail
Mama

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Purred: Tue Dec 11, '12 6:51pm PST 
Most of the time her cough sounds dry. But sometimes it can sound a little phlemy, but this is usually when she's having a herpes outbreak. During these times she also has some sneezing and discharge from eyes and nose. But that only happens a couple times a year. Like I said, she has had herpes all her life (7 yrs) but she never coughed. She always had sneezing and eye/nose discharge when she had a herpes outbreak, but never cough. My vet has suggested her cough is due to her herpes, but why would she start coughing after 7 years of having it? I'm so confused.
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Cat Health > Cat Coughing & Severe Hair Loss on Tail

Mama

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Purred: Tue Dec 11, '12 5:43pm PST 
My cat Mama is around 7 years old. For the past year she has had a dry cough. She has had the herpes virus her whole life but has never had a cough until this year. My vet ran blood tests on her and did a physical exam a couple months ago. He didn't find anything abnormal, but I questioned whether she might have Bordetella because shortly before her cough began, we brought in a semi-feral 10 month old kitten who's siblings were feral and living outside, and I noticed in the spring several had coughs. The kitten I brought in got seriously ill with some sort of upper-respiratory infection a month after she came to live inside. I know bordetella is not so common in cats, but I take care of a feral colony and there are a lot of ferals and strays in my neighborhood.

Anyway, when I told my vet I thought Mama might have caught Bordetella from our new kitten, he gave her medicine to treat Bordetella. But her cough never stopped. When she coughs, she stretches her neck out several times, as if something is stuck in there. I asked my vet if she could have a growth in her throat, but he didn't think she did, and he said to find out he would have to sedate her and put a scope down her throat. I decided not to do that because he said it would be expensive and I am constantly poor from the expenses of caring for so many special needs cats.

Tonight, to my horror, I noticed that Mama's tail was so thin, maybe half the amount of hair that she has always had. I found a bald spot at the base of her tail. I could find no abcesses, no sores, no sign of trauma.

Does anyone know of a connection between hair loss and a cough in a cat? I am calling the vet immediately in the morning, but I always want to get second opinions.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

-Shana

P.S. I do want to add that from Nov 15th to Nov 29th I was in Florida taking care of my grandmother who fell and broke her hip. It was the first time in years that I have been away from home. I'm wondering if my absence caused Mama stress. Also, one of my other rescue cats has been going after Mama a lot, intimidating her.

Right now she's licking her tail. Maybe she's over-grooming b/c of stress? She has always been REALLY attached to me. And a strange thing is she has always slept in my bed, but in the past couple months she has been sleeping somewhere else.

Sorry I'm writing a book, but Mama is my #1 girl and I am freaking out. I should also add (sorry!) that I have recently been diagnosed with salmonella. I know this is so dumb, but often I let Mama have a couple gulps of my milk after I've eaten cereal. Could I have given her salmonella??? I know, I sound so paranoid. But it's been one horrible year. I don't know if she has diarrhea because I almost never see her use the litter box and I have 8 cats, so it would be difficult to tell. We do have one elderly cat with chronic diarrhea. No cause has ever been determined for his diarrhea. We've had his stool tested SO many times and nothing is every found in his stool or blood work. Ah! Cat rescue is so frustrating!
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Cat Health > 7 Year old Cat Coughing

Mama

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Purred: Fri Sep 28, '12 10:44pm PST 
Yes, with my 8 cats I'm for sure helping keep the company that makes my L-Lysine in business! I go through a lot of L-Lysine!

The problem is, Mama is SO hard to give meds to! She is way to smart for her own good and seems to just KNOW when I'm gonna give her meds. I try so hard to be sneaky...I even make it up quietly in the kitchen when she's asleep in my bedroom, and then I'll just wait for awhile till I give it to her, but she finds some place to hide where I can't get her, and she'll stay there all night! And I'm supposed to give her 2 doses of L-lysine a day, but I can never give it to her consistantly since she's a hider. So it's really not effective unless they get it regularly. She WON'T eat it in her food. Tried that, but she smells it and will walk away, even though she loves her wet food! I feel like if I could just get L-lysine in her regularly, her coughing might improve.

Interesting about the enlarged heart with your cat who has herpes. It makes me wonder about my two males who have enlarged hearts. They both have herpes. I wonder if there's some sort of link between herpes and cats with enlarged hearts. I WISH I could afford to get Mama a echo cardiogram, but there's no way. My vets never heard a heart murmur in her, but you never know. I would just freak out if Mama had something wrong with her heart like my 2 males. It would just be too much worrying. I am worried every day that my 2 males might have some kind of heart incident. It's like waiting for a ticking time bomb to go off. My cat Sammy already had a thrombo embolism (aka Saddle Thrombus) 2.5 years ago which nearly killed him.

I need to study more about herpes in cats. Years ago when I found out my babies had herpes I read so much about it, but maybe there's some new info out there and new treatments. About 2.5 yrs ago my 11 yr old Deliah had to be put down because her herpes was killing her. She had it so bad and was in such bad shape. It was so hard for me to lose her, as she was my first cat of my own as an adult. I know so many people who have cats who live to 16 or beyond, and I've had cats my whole life (MANY!) and NONE have lived past 13! And I take SUCH good care of my babies! I feed them a high quality food, take them to the vet when needed, give them vitamins/supplements, etc, but they always succumb to something early! I guess maybe because I frequently rescue cats with special needs. All 8 of my cats have special needs.

It's funny, but I've always dreamed of having a big, healthy Maine Coon, but I know I probably never will get one. With all the abused, neglected, sick cats out there, I couldn't live with myself if I actually went out and adopted a healthy, pure-bred from a breeder! Sigh. Why am I such a bleeding heart??? (oh, & I'd LOVE to have a fluffy Rag-Doll too! wink
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Cat Health > 7 Year old Cat Coughing

Mama

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Purred: Thu Sep 27, '12 12:44pm PST 
I never considered it could be hairball related, I suppose because I have never seen Mama cough up a furball before...plus I didn't equate her hacking cough with furballs. We have several cats who pass furballs frequently, but they never cough, just dry heave till they throw them up. But I'm willing to try anything, so I'll get her on some hairball remedy & see if it helps.

I am really wondering if this IS asthma. My vet didn't think that was the problem because her lungs sounded perfectly clear. I really wish my vet would have done an x-ray. He did say it might be the herpes causing the coughing. She's had herpes pretty much her whole life & never coughed, but I suppose since she's getting older, she could develop new herpes symptoms. Does anyone have a cat with herpes that developed a chronic cough?

I want to reiterate that Mama is almost 7 years old, & never coughed until the first of this year. That's what confuses me. Since January 2012 she's had a constant, chronic cough. That's why the asthma theory interests me. The only problem is my vet doesn't believe she has asthma & he's the expert.

Thanks for all the feedback! There's been some great ideas posted & I'd love to hear more, especially from people with experience with cats with herpes. I'm determined to get to the bottom of this & appreciate getting feedback from other cat lovers!
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Cat Health > 7 Year old Cat Coughing
Mama

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Purred: Wed Sep 26, '12 6:51pm PST 
I never knew that about asthma. I guess I thought if you have it, you were born with it. Hmm...

No, Mama never spits anything out. But after she starts her coughing, she swollows hard several times.

btw, it's my male cat Boo Boo who was diagnosed with asthma, and he's the one who puts his head low to the ground and coughs quietly. Mama coughs standing or sitting up, and it's very loud and sounds like a human coughing! Mama & Boo Boo's coughs are very different.

I probably won't get a second opinion because honestly, I can't afford to. I am so endebted to my vet because he is constantly giving me discounts and not charging me for certain things. I'm so poor and I have SO many rescues, many who have special needs. I'm at the vet so much I often spend money I need for my own needs on my cats. For instance, right now I have $0 and don't know how I'm going to get through the next five days without money. Just this month I've spent probably $400 on my animals....maybe more. Luckily I have all my animals needs met (liter, food, meds, etc) but of course I'm scared to death that one of them will fall ill and need to go to the vet in the next five days. That would be a nightmare. But if worse comes to worse, my vet will often treat my animals if it's an emergency and let me pay the bill when I get the money together.

Sigh. If only I were rich...I could do so much to help animals in need. It's so funny, but so many of the hard-core animal lovers and rescuers I know are poor or low-income. We sacrifice so much to help any animal we can. Sometimes i wish I didn't have this deep-rooted passion to save animals. If I didn't, I would have all my needs met and have a lot less stress in my life. But I am who I am and I know I will always dedicate my life to saving animals. That's my purpose smile
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