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Dear Christopher Cat

My Rosie has feline asthma, and the oral medications she takes aren’t helping enough. I have asthma, and I use an inhaler. Is there an inhaler made for cats?

Christopher Responds

Yes. The most popular brands are AeroKat by Trudell and Feline Breathe Easy Aerosol Chamber by Jorgensen.

Unlike you humans, who inhale metered-dose inhaler (MDI) medications through your mouths, we cats require a device that matches our more elegant breathing style.

Feline inhalers allow us to inhale asthma medications through our noses, which is how we cats refer to breathe.

The device has a face mask on one end, a central spacer chamber to hold the aerosolized medication, and an MDI on the other end.

To use the inhaler, release the metered dose of medication into the spacer chamber and hold the mask to Rosie’s face for five to ten breaths.

A study of cats that used inhalers demonstrated that the metered medication reached its intended target: the lungs.

Talk with your veterinarian about whether a feline inhaler is an option for Rosie.

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