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Dear Christopher Cat

Our cat Tigress has asthma, and we treat her with a Flovent inhaler attached to an Aerokat. Lately, she has been holding her breath when she should inhale the medicine. How can we help her accept her treatments?

Christopher Responds

Many cats with asthma benefit from inhalation therapy, just like you humans do. The Aerokat spacer device and a Flovent inhaler make it relatively easy to treat most cats.
Even so, only 80 percent of cats tolerate the therapy.
If Tigress is stressed, spray some Feliway in the area before you start her inhalation therapy.

Feliway, available at pet supply stores and on the Internet, contains the pheromone we cats release when we rub our cheeks on our favorite furniture, hallway corners and people. It promotes a sense of calm well-being.

Once the Feliway has relaxed her, hold the Aerokat device snugly – but not too tightly – against her face.

When the treatment is finished, reward her with a special treat reserved only for this occasion.

For more hints on helping Tigress learn that her asthma therapy isn’t so bad after all, check out www.felineasthma.org and www.fritzthebrave.com/meds/inhaled.html.

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