I have a 9yo. Siamese that has been diagnosed with possible nasal polyps. His more overt symptoms include an obvious blockage, snoring/snorting sounds while breathing, some drainage, head shaking. He has seen 3 different vets, all giving estimates for upwards of 2.5k+ for an investigative rhinoscopy/surgery.
I recently watched Dr. Magnifico’s video on Stripes and his Nasopharyngeal Polyp removal and was surprised to see that sedation and a visual exam/removal could be done within such a short time with great results. This was never offered as an option with any other vet visits.
Are there any vets within this network that anyone would recommend that would charge a more reasonable pricing for a similar procedure in the greater NYC area?
I’m taking care of a Siamese who’s over 10, an indoor/outdoor cat. I did a cbc & chem bloodwork. His BUN is only slightly elevated. His issue is throwing up daily, weight loss, & diarrhea. His vomit is undigested food & liquid. He eats very little wet food & his owner just feeds all of them the worst dry food. I give him sq fluids as needed & started cerenia. Yet this is not treating the underlying cause. Does anyone have any advice on this? I have vet bills for my cows & my cats. Yet i still want to help all the animals I can. I obviously have very little money to help though. Thanks
I have the sweetest Siamese mix, Goldie, adopted from our local humane society. Unfortunately, she has been a sick kitty and she’s had 4 URIs in her two years of life. She did take the full course of antibiotics for all of them and healed successfully.
Recently, she’s been making low snoring noises periodically when awake and sleeping and it seems to be only when inhaling. She’s a talkative girl and sometimes her voice changes when meowing. She has no other symptoms and is eating, drinking and playing normally and there has been no mouth breathing while making the noises. Her breathing rate has been normal. Sometimes it seems like she is making the noises and then stretches out real long in the first picture to get comfortable.
Below is a link to her video around 24 seconds you can hear it, you might have to put it at full volume:
If this is difficult to hear it sounds very similar to this:
I have a vet appointment next week and am concerned she has stertor from an oropharyngeal polyp from my online research and her symptoms. Is this something that a vet would be able to see without putting them under sedation? Are there any other suggestions you have as to what I could have them test for if it’s not a polyp? I wasn’t sure if she could have asthma or another breathing related issue.
Finally, do you by chance have any recommendations for vets in Phoenix, Arizona? I am just getting myself prepared if needed for a second opinion or if surgery is necessary.
Appreciate it and all your tips and videos online! You are doing incredible work!
I just moved out of a house i’ve been living in for a year now and I’ve spent three nights in the new house and I cannot get my cat Roo to “calm down” I’m not sure how he’s acting during the day because I do have him and his brother locked away in my room while i’m working. My roommate has a cat too and we haven’t had the chance to properly introduce the cats so that’s why i’ve been locking them up. The other night he whined and cried for hours.. I could not get him to relax in the middle of the night. He was scratching at my armoire mirror and getting in my blinds and scratching at the window. I thought he was sick or something the way he was communicating with me. When I grab him and make him “lay down” with me he is purring and rubbing all against me but as soon as I stop he goes back to that loud whine and cry. I feel like I have an infant that I cant get to stop crying and I don’t know what to do? Do you think he has anxiety or he smells the other cat or he’s just confused from the move and change of scene? Please let me know what your opinion or suggestions are! Thanks!
I have a senior cat who goes into labored open mouth breathing when he is in a hard purr and also has wheezing and snoring but otherwise acts normal – eats, drinks, and is active for his age. The snoring is even when he’s not in a deep slumber and it can be an airy rattle if that makes sense and he has a little squeak when he swallows. I saw your video on the cat with a polyp and thought maybe this could be what he has except that he’s almost 17 so the vet suggested it probably isn’t since that’s more of a young cat thing but did suggest a scope and CT which will cost me 2500-3500 and he will have to be put under. In reading about breathing, heart disease can also cause breathing problems and since he has heart disease I would hate to spend all the money and put him through that to be told the scope didn’t show anything. I’ve also been reading about asthma, but my regular vet nor the specialist even mentioned that it could be that and from what I’ve read, it’s hard to diagnose. He’s a flame point Siamese and he has early ckd and some heart disease (stage 3/4 systolic murmur and hypertension), so I’m nervous about putting him under. Aside from these “old man” things, the specialist and my regular vet say his labs are spectacular. The specialist said when she is presented with a cat that has these conditions, they bloodwork and labs never look this good. So I certainly don’t want to put him down if he looks good but I also feel like he can’t be comfortable with these breathing episodes. One thing to note, when they did bloodwork a couple of weeks ago, his eosinophils were elevated which I have read can be linked to upper respiratory and asthma. Im putting the link to videos of the wheezing and purring to see if you’ve ever seen such a thing in a cat. I sure wish I had you closer by. Thank you so much!
My 10 year old Siamese has been acting weird for awhile now. She had lost some weight earlier this year because her teeth/gums were hurting and she wasn’t eating. We got her teeth cleaned and she gained the weight back but then she started losing weight again not too long ago. I tried changing foods several times (it’s hard to find a food that all 3 of my cats will eat). Now she has a good appetite and has gained back some of the weight she lost the 2nd time. She has also developed an obsession with drinking from the bathtub faucet instead of their water bowl, even though we give them fresh water daily. She does drink from the bowl but only immediately after we’ve put fresh water in it and when we don’t let her into our bathroom. Also, she has become more needy and will lay on my lap and curled tight up against me when she didn’t used to do this before. It kind of seems that she breathes a little irregularly when she first lays down and then after she’s finally able to relax her breathing regulates. My vet thinks she is perfectly healthy but these are some drastic changes to her behavior and since I had 2 other cats die already this year I’m very concerned. Please help!
Update: she had a blood test and has been diagnosed with kidney disease ☹️
Siamese older cat has bumps on back sensitive to the touch seem to be getting more agressive in groth
Hi this question is for Krista, referring to her video called “Teaching a calm cat to become a lap cat cuddle-bug.” I have a Flamepoint Siamese as of 2 weeks ago, he is 13 weeks old, and he is very snuggly, only when he is asleep. I took your advice last night around midnight and tried to going out of my way and force him to cuddle. He did not like it one bit, but after about 10 minutes of struggle (squirming, scruffing and play-biting – not biting hard) I got him to trust me and stop being in fear. I did the slow blink and got him to slow blink back. I gave him two treats after this. It was hard to get to this point, but I got him to sit still and be ok.
Today on the other hand, gave it a shot again after I got home from work. It didn’t happen. He cried and meowed and squirmed and bit (play biting again, no blood or anything) and after about 15 minutes I just stopped.
Any advice on how to proceed? I want to show him he can be held in safety and cuddled without fear so bad, I really want a cuddle bug cat but it seems like it’s going to be so hard. You mentioned maybe starting slower with a cat that spits/hisses/becomes dangerous. My guy has play-bitten, but no spitting/hissing. Thoughts?
By the way, don’t let him fool you. The pictures of him snuggling ONLY happens when he’s super super super sleepy.
On August 9 I had to put my 20 year old Siamese cat down . She had cancer and some other mass on her kidney. The vet sad it would be best for my angel to go into cat heaven. I still have her 10 year old daughter that started to cry , hollowing and looking everywhere for her mama . She lost her appetite . I think took her to the vet and he sad the she also have elevated blood results on her kidney. Put her on meds . I wanted to get her a kitten to make her feel better but he sad I should wait to get her blood better ? I already found a Siamese kitten that needs a home but my main concern is my baby . Is it going to make her feel better or more stress ?