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Author Topic: Another Furball? It Might Be Feline Asthma  (Read 2451 times)
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« on: March 04, 2011, 09:06:19 PM »

Has your cat been coughing? Many people assume that the cat is trying to cough up a hairball and don't realize that their cat could have asthma. Untreated, asthma can progress and even be fatal. But, like human asthmatics, cats can be treated and the disease can be managed.

What is Feline Asthma?
What are the Symptoms of Feline Asthma?
How is Feline Asthma Diagnosed?
How is Feline Asthma Treated?

How Does Diet Relate to Feline Asthma?
 
In over two decades of feline practice, I have attended many continuing education seminars on feline asthma and rarely heard diet discussed as a potential cause or trigger for the condition.
 
However, I have had several clients who, on their own initiative, changed what they fed their cats and found that the symptoms of asthma were either greatly reduced or eliminated. What was the change they all made? They removed all dry food and all grain-based products from their cat's diet.

http://feline-nutrition.org/health/another-furball-it-might-be-feline-asthma



 
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 05:51:01 PM »

Well, my Sophie couldn't eat dry food other than Ziwipeak which is quite different even if I wanted her to do so due to her IBD. Only grain in her food is a couple of whole pieces of rice per can in Almo or Applaws cans and my cats all do better with that than with entirely grain free foods.

The biggest difference in terms of her asthma was starting to feed her one fish based meal (small can) per day, usually sardine or mackerel or mixed Ocean fish (no tuna). Just adding fish oil didn't work as well even when I could get her to accept it, which was difficult. This also helped with her eye infections.

One other thing which made a lot more difference than the diet was installing air filter. She hardly ever coughs now, and the vet said that her lungs sounds almost entirely clear. So as a less intrusive method of controlling I would suggest add fish (omega 3s) and use a good air filter. We got IQ Air, and on installation they actually evaluated particle count, so you can see a proof that it is working.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 06:16:45 PM »

What made the biggest difference for Cameo's asthma was eliminating all forms of indoor air pollution in scented products, air fresheners, etc. and going to a steam cleaner for hard floors rather than using any type of floor-cleaning solution, even environmentally-friendly ones.  Further control was achieved by eliminating clay litter dust and going to a different type of litter.  It seems to me that giving her freeze-dried salmon bits as a treat daily helps too, since although dried these still seem to contain quite a bit of the salmon oil.  We also started using an allergen-trapping filter in the heating/air conditioning system.

Cameo had asthma attacks about every ten days when she first came to us in late 2005.  Now she has one or two per year, in the high-pollen seasons.   And BTW Cameo refuses almost all wet food of any type, canned, home-cooked, or raw, despite the fact that I feed these to other cats.  She eats mainly dry cat food, and these foods do contain grain.  So for some cats, environmental factors are the key, as they were for Cameo, and diet is not as important.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 09:37:48 PM »

Regular coughing spells can also indicate heart disease.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 12:56:20 AM »

petslave good thing to also check for when coughing spells occur.
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