• My cat, Felix, had what looked like classic cat asthma (based on you tube video) last night (I had my Mom bring a rag to put under him, in case it was a hairball. He ended up running downstairs after the episode and seemed ok. I will bring him in, of course, if he has another episode. What would be signs that was a fluke (I hope so) vs a genuine problem?

    Hi Susan,
    If you see these signs again, I recommend that you take him into see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Asthma in cats can be a serious issue and can even become life threatening. There are some other illnesses that can cause similar symptoms in cats. Videoing the episode to show your vet can help with the diagnosis. Your vet can talk to you more about the causes of the episodes after they have examined him. They may recommend some lab tests and/or x-rays to help diagnose or rule out certain diseases. The treatment that he needs will depend on the underlying cause and severity of his symptoms.

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