I hope you all had a terrific week and are enjoying your weekend. I sure am, especially since allergy season is mostly gone, at least where we live. You may remember that I have asthma, and it seems like allergy season just adds to my asthma problems. Although this year was really bad for allergies in the South, fortunately it wasn’t as bad for me as I had expected. All in all I only had an allergy attack once every six or seven weeks, so that wasn’t all that bad.
About two years ago I started coughing and wheezing, frequently. Dad first thought that I was trying to cough up a fur ball. But after a few times we went to see my Vet, Dr. Steve. He listened to my breathing and could tell right away what it was, yep, asthma. By the way, Dr. Steve says I’m the model patient and that I should come in and teach other kitties the fine art of behavior in the Vet’s office! Well, I was given some steroid pills and after a few days I started feeling much better and my breathing improved. But boy did that medicine make me want to chow down, and down I did chow. I put on a lot of extra weight and I just haven’t been able to shake it. Fortunately, my handsome boyfriend Alex doesn’t seem to mind at all. Love ya Alex!
Dr. Steve wasn’t too crazy about me staying of those steroid pills due to the many side effects, so he suggested I try an asthma inhaler. I didn’t know they had such a thing. It’s called AeroKat.
See the little mask on one end? That goes over my face and the inhaler medicine goes on the other end. If I have an attack, Dad just squirts out two puffs of the inhaler medicine into the chamber and puts the mask over my face and almost like magic my breathing difficulty goes aways. Do I like it? Nope. That mask over my face scares me, but Dad has a trick, and it works every single time. He gets down on his knees behind me THEN puts the mask over my face. I can’t go forward because he’s got me, and if I try to back up there is nowhere to go. I’ve learned that I do like the end result though, lots.
Here’s a couple of links that we used to find out more about this feline asthma thing in case you or some kitty you know ever has slimilar problems.
I am doing so much better and each check up I have Dr. Steve says my lungs sound great. I’m not a fan of those breathing problems, they can be pretty darn scary, but I sure am glad there are some smart humans out there to figure things like this out!
Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!