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Amanda | 4 months ago
I Have The Sweetest Siamese Mix, Goldie, Adopted From Our Local Humane Society. Unfortunately, She Has …

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!

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Krista Magnifico
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hello Amanda! If you think your kitty has stertor, or what I call upper nasal snoring sounds, I think it is best to start at your vets office. A couple of things are important to discuss early on. One, lots of stertor sounds alike. For the many cases of polyps that I have seen it is important to look at the whole cat, take a very detailed history and do the basics, like ruling out URI (upper respiratory infection) first. Lots of cats get this, as mist have come through rescue/shelter scenarios. So, I always talk to clients about covering… Read more »

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Katie Howser | 9 months ago
I Just Moved Out Of A House I’ve Been Living In For A Year Now…

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!

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Hello,
The vet in me always has to be concerned about a health issue. After this is cleared i would go to behavioral issues and start with stress. Moving to a new place is really stressful for pets. Made worse by your absence to help her through the transition. Maybe a slower approach and things like catnip, toys and even crafting her when you are away might help. If all else fails ask the vet for help. Anti anxiety meds can help with the transition too

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Jillian Fouts | 11 months ago
I Have A Senior Cat Who Goes Into Labored Open Mouth Breathing When He Is…

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!
Jill

Wheezing https://youtu.be/gaf7WCRzu80

Purr/breathing https://youtu.be/kqnd4YORenY

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hello, i reviewed your videos, i think that it is appears as if the wheezing is in the oropharynx area. It also appears to be primarily it the inspiratory phase of the purring/breathing. There are internal medicine specialists who focus on this kind of clinical sign. I am not sure if there are any in your area though? I think the best place to start is at a feline specialists office. They tend to be more affordable and accessible. See if they can help start to rule out things before you jump into a scope. In my practice for cases… Read more »

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Tina Hoyt | 1 year ago
My 10 Year Old Siamese Has Been Acting Weird For Awhile Now. She Had Lost…

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 ☹️

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Hello,
It sounds like it is time for some diagnostics (I’m assuming you haven’t done them as they aren’t listed.). I would start with a CBC, chem panel (complete), urinalysis, fecal and thyroid (T4, and/or Free T4 and TSH are my usual). I also think checking a blood pressure is a good idea. I would also discuss radiographs and an ultrasound. Until you know what you are treating you are guessing and likely to guess incorrectly. Let me know what the vet says.

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Sudden weight loss would absolutely mean diagnostics, like Dr M recommended. When my queen dropped a bunch of weight it was due to an overactive thyroid, which is exceptionally common. If your vet won’t do diagnostics, find another one.

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Kenyatta Baker | 1 year ago
Siamese Older Cat Has Bumps On Back Sensitive To The Touch Seem To Be Getting…

Siamese older cat has bumps on back sensitive to the touch seem to be getting more agressive in groth

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I would get in to see the vet. Especially if the growth rate is increasing and your cat seems to be in pain.

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Yes, this is something that needs to be addressed in person.

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Sterling Taylor | 1 year ago
Hi This Question Is For Krista, Referring To Her Video Called “Teaching A Calm Cat…

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.

Thanks Krista.

Sterling

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Hello, I’m sorry I answered this a while ago. But it seems to not be here. Again apologies. My advice is to understand and respect that every Cat is their own being. They each have their own personality. Some take time to relax and enjoy affection. Others just come to us cuddly. I think it might be helpful to understand who he is. And then work on adapting his personality to what yours is. My first guess is that you are trying to cuddle with a bored kitten. Please remember that kittens, especially solitary kittens, look to us as their… Read more »

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When he bites say “Ow!” and stop giving him attention. If he has no one to tussle with you can redirect him to a stuffed animal.
As to cuddling, he may calm down ans he matures past teen age kitten! This is a busy, active time for him. Hopefully he’s settling in better now!

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Francis Valensiano | 3 years ago
On August 9 I Had To Put My 20 Year Old Siamese Cat Down…

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 ?

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Hello, I am sorry for your loss. I do however think that 20’years old for a Siamese cat is an incredibly long life for this breed! You must have taken excellent care of her. As far as getting her kitten a friend goes only she can decide that. Some cats adapt very quickly and easily and welcome a new friend, others are tentative and need both time and the right personality cat to make it work best. Just think of it like you were the cat. Would you like a loud, young playful annoying kitten to bug you all day… Read more »

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linda arthurs | 3 years ago
House Honcho Is Attacking New Cat….how Do I Correct This? Bengal And Chinese Siamese

house honcho is attacking new cat….how do I correct this? Bengal and Chinese Siamese

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I agree with Laura! These new cats need time to acclimate and the resident cats need time to get used to the new cat. Give them each their own space and attention and try things like feliway, catnip and hiding places (safe zones) for each. Toys, window seats, cat trees and activities to allow them to focus on other things (versus each other) may help too. Also talk to your vet about long term stress management if needed.

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Slow introductions are best. Newest cat should be in a room of his own for a few weeks.

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Lentano Basdeo | 3 years ago
I Have Two Beagles And Had A Siamese Cat Up Until A Few Days Ago…

I have two beagles and had a siamese cat up until a few days ago. She was attacked and died the next day at the vet. I dont know who attacked her or what did. The vet says it was a dog that bite her. But on the day that she was attacked i got a phonecall from my neighbour saying that my dogs were barking incessantly in the morning which they dont normally do. I wasnt at home at the time. My dogs usually stay locked in the back yard until i get home from work to let them out and roam the entire yard. And they dont push the gate that keeps them locked, unless its something that theyre trying to get at. Anyways i get home and my dogs are open and my cat is laying on the floor wounded around her neck and stomach. My dogs were barking at my cat and trying to “paw” her as if checking to make sure she is alive or dead. But they werent touching her. I thought it was my dogs that attacked her but the more i think about it, it seems less unlikely. They always got on and never gave me problems, they slept by eachother and played a few times. I would just like to know if my dogs did it or not, and if so, what would trigger them to do that?

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I have not known dogs who lived happily with a cat turn on them and hurt them. I have always had both dogs and cats and although they don’t sleep together they respect each other and would not hurt each other. Please keep your cats inside at all times for their safety.

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Vicky Lowdermilk | 3 years ago
Sierra The Cat See A Siamese Cat She’s Has A Red Anus No Swilling No…

Sierra the cat see a Siamese cat she’s has a red anus no swilling no worms

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Is she licking herself excessively? Is she pushing harder when she’s in the litterbox?

I’d give the vet a call if this persists more than a day.