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Kitten unwell

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Paula Short, Nov 8, 2018.


  1. Paula Short

    Paula Short PetForums Newbie

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    My kitten is having distressing episodes where it's like he can't tolerate his own purr. He opens his mouth, shakes his head and swallows. He is quite disoriented by it and then exhausted. He's been to the vet and the vet is very confused by his symptoms and doesn't know what the problem is. He thinks it must be something very unusual and possibly congenital. The kitten also has periods of being perfectly normal. I'm so worried for him. He's a rescue and only about 8 weeks old. I'd be grateful for any ideas as to what this might be or if anyone has had a similar experience.
     
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    HappyKitty PetForums Member

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    I haven't got any answers, but wondering if this will improve with age as his airways will be larger. Is there any sign of coughing/shortness of breath at other times?
     
  3. Paula Short

    Paula Short PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for responding! I'd love to think that he will grow out of it! He is perfectly fine some of the time and his breathing and purring can all sound normal. After a bad period he will sleep for a long time and his breathing can be very noisy then.
     
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    gskinner123 PetForums VIP

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    Do you feel that he manages to eat perfectly normally, ie the amount to be exoected and no problem with gagging, swallowing, etc? A friend's kitten had similar symptoms to your own but did have a problem swallowing - didn't stop him for the most part but he was a bit small/underweight as a result.
     
  5. Paula Short

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    He's eating fine and generally seems to be improving, thankfully! He only had one episode over the weekend and didn't seem as distressed by it. He had five visits to the vet last week, poor little chap. At the last visit, he had a small ulcer on his tongue. We were all delighted as this would indicate a virus. If it's a virus then we can hope that he will just fight it off and it will be gone. The alternative was a congenital problem that would likely just get worse with time. I'm sooooo relieved!
     
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