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#1 Old 01-29-2004, 03:28 PM
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Does anyone have any experience using any kind of natural remedies to treat asthma in cats? My friend's cat has been getting alot of asthma attacks lately, and she really hates giving her regular medicines (which don't seem to be helping much anyway). One vet told her that natural remedies don't work for asthma, but I was hoping there's something out there that can help her.
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#2 Old 01-29-2004, 04:55 PM
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number one tell her to switch to a non-clay litter. even ones that say dust free have a lot of dust. it can make healthy cats sick and if the cat already has asthma i hate to think what it could do.

alternatives are the crystals (never tried them, they're expensive), swheat scoop (made from wheat, better but still has some dust because it's so fine. nontoxic though) and the ones made from recycled newspaper (this is what i always recommend, it's cheap and no dust)

if she uses a litter box with a lid, get her to take the lid off. ammonia can build up in a litter box and cause respiratory problems. better without a lid so the poor kitty can breath while 'going'.

also if the house is generally dusty an air purifier or some filters can work wonders. if she has a furnace or forced air heat or whatever and there are cold air registers, you can buy this blue filter sheeting that's like $3 a roll, cut pieces to fit and stick them on the inside of the registers. keeps a lot of dust from coming through and it's cheap. just have to replace it every few months. this will cut down on dusting around the house too, which is a plus.

they could also set up a humidifier if they have one, and try to avoid anything smoky or perfumy in the house, don't use harsh cleaners around the cat etc.

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Thank you....I'll pass your advice along.
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#4 Old 02-02-2004, 01:21 AM
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no problemo they may find just changing litter makes a big difference. my poor guy got a respiratory infection from the clumping clay stuff, the vet said it was something they catch from other cats but he's an indoor only. i was confused but took the antibiotics he suggested and gave them to the Moo but they made no difference whatsoever, he was still coughing and rasping. he'd wheeze when he jumped or ran, i started to think asthma but read a website about clay litters that was really scary. i changed to swheat scoop and right away his coughing cleared up and my own allergies weren't quite as bad. i much prefer yesterday's news though which i switched to later cause it's cheaper and easier to find. it doesn't track as badly, it's in pellets, though he somehow manages to kick a few out now and then



now i know when the house needs a good dusting cause he starts coughing and his eyes get watery. usually means he went exploring in a spot of the house we don't use much lol. for that reason i keep the laundry room off limits cause it's a dusty unfinished part of the basement

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