It is hard to believe that my little Alex is 11 years old. I remember the day I adopted him. He was sitting in between his two sisters just staring at me. Love at first sight for both of us! I picked him up and took him straight home. He was only six weeks old.

When Alex was about seven months old, he started having terrible coughing spells. It really scared the hell out of me, as it would anyone, of course. I took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with feline asthma. The vet said that even though it wasn't a bad case, it could be dangerous, so they started giving him a steroid shot that day.

For most of his life he's been getting this shot two to three times a year. Recently, however, I've had to take him in every two and a half months! And these coughing spells really exhaust him, so I have to immediately get him to a vet. There's no waiting around. This morning, though, he woke me up early coughing. We had to wait a couple of hours before we could get to his doctor. She gave him his shot, but I was so upset and Alex was drained of all his energy by then. I asked her what I could do for him so this never happens again. I've been a little worried about the shots, anyway, because I've read they can cause diabetes in cats. So, she prescribed Theophylline 100mg. once every evening and then Prednisolone 5mg for when symptoms start again. I just gave him his first dose of the Theophylline and, my god, what a large pill to get a cat to swallow! Not an easy task.

I guess my fear is I'll lose him prematurely because of the asthma. I hate giving him pills. I worry about the side effects. All I want is for him to be happy, comfortable, and with me for at least another seven or eight years...which makes me tear up because that's not a long time.


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