My 14 year old kitty slowed down her eating last Thursday -- didn't stop completely, but had to be coaxed into eating her food, and just generally was off. I had also just become aware that she had lost more weight than is good -- I've had her on a diet for months now, but she appears to have lost about 3 or 4 ounces in about 4 weeks (much more than her usual 1 ounce a month that we've been steadily doing for the last year).
So I took her to the vet, who said that Fred was laboring a bit to breath, and asked if I had noticed her wheezing or coughing. I guess I have noticed her breathing a little more heavily over the last couple of months, but honestly didn't think much of it...she's fat and old, you know? She's always kind of breathed heavily. Well, the vet took X-rays, and they showed a bunch of white splotches on her lungs, which the vet said could be either asthma or cancer. Yikes.
She sent us home with some prednisone, and said if Fred wasn't feeling better within a few days, then we'd do an ultrasound and try to find the source of the cancer (i.e. if she responds to the prednisone, it's likely just asthma, if not, something more serious).
On the upside, Fred did respond to the prednisone -- she's eating much better now, and seems to be her happy normal self. I wish her overall breathing was a little better, though, as it still seems a little fast and labored.
Anyone got any thoughts on this or have a cat with asthma? Is there anything I should be watching for or doing for her on top of giving her the meds? My husband and I have debated whether or not to go ahead with the ultrasound, just to be safe -- she has responded to the prednisone, so it seems likely that it is asthma, and we've already spent $400+ on the X-rays, meds, etc., and an ultrasound won't be cheap...on the other hand, better to be safe than sorry? What would you do?