I have a cat who is 1 and a half years old. She began having some coughs in January which I mistook for hairball in the beginning. If in the beginning they were sporadic, by March they came about 2/3/4 times a week. So I took kitty to vet. First, they did his bloodworks and was diagnosed diabetic with 179 and was given a bronchodilator and histaminic. Things didn t solve so I went to another vet one week later. They did a radiography, bloodworks again, faeces and orofarigian sample tests and on the saliva test doc found many bacterias. Because she did a fructosamine test, she denied diabetes and was given Prednisone and Doxycycline. He is worse now. Coughing has stopped but he has laboured breathing, and mainly abdominal breathing which I believe it s bad. And he seems to wheeze when breathing. Also, sometimes-not always, he gently cries if I try to hold him in my arms as if in pain. I will go for a thoracic U/S on Sunday but today is only Thursday...am I waiting too long? I told doc that his breathing worsened ..or better said...showed up right when I started with the prednisone. Can there be a connection? Can it be a side effect this one? He used to breathe normally before. He still eats well, drinks water but has become quite inactive. I wouldn t say he s lethargic but inactive. He still is curious for things but due to hard breathing he prefers to not move too much I think. I spoke to my doc today and asked to start wean him off prednisone starting today. He was supposed to take 10 mg per day for 4 days and then 5 mg per day for another 4 days. I asked to reduce it to 5 mg starting with today(the 4th day). She agreed to my idea. At the moment he is sleeping.
What is your view on this?