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Helen

cat cough

My cat has a persistent 'wet' cough which doesn't produce any material. She isn't distressed by the cough,is not ill and she is eating and sleeping quite normally, and is happy. She is a 13 year old tortoishell. The cough is getting more frequent, and happens mainly at night. Any suggestions?

30/9/05

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Martina Stuart

Heart disease is more common in cats than many people realise. It affects all organs of the body and especially the kidney lungs and liver. For this reason I advise that you arrange a thorough veterinary examination of the cat to accertain the problem at this relatively early stage whilst effective treatment is possible. I also advise that you check out the diet you are feeding the cat with the vet at the same time. Please let me know the outcome. good luck. Have a good day.

30/9/05

Helly

I have just come across the reply you gave to me way back in Sept 05. I took my cat to the vets as you suggested, and she has an irregular shaped heart, which isn't working quite as efficiently as it should be. (Caused much interest amongst all the vets!) She gets water on her lungs, so she is on frusimide 30mg/day. She still coughs, but very infrequently, and is happy and healthy, if a bit grumpy (well she is very old!) However, she has started getting the occasional bout of diarrhoea. Could this be the frusimide, or do you think her diet might need altering. She eats IAMs for aged kittys, and also Whiskas pouches.

9/3/07

Martina Stuart

The diarrhoea is unlikely to be directly related to the frusemide so I would suggest modifying the diet. I I suggest feeding her entirely on the Iams or a fertnight and seeing how she goes.

9/3/07

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