We got a visit today from one of my favorite families. They brought in their sweet kitty Boca because she had a cough. The family had recently been sick, and based on what they saw on the news with H1N1 they were concerned that Boca might have the flu.
The owners wrung their hands nervously as I opened Boca’s carrier. I was immediately assaulted with…something strong, sort of like Febreze. I sniffed the carrier. I sniffed the cat. They both smelled equally strong.
Boca did indeed have an irritated trachea, but fortunately she seemed to be in good health otherwise.
“When did this start?” I asked.
“About 3 days ago,” they replied.
“Do you use air fresheners?” I asked.
“Oh yes,” they said proudly. “We had the house closed up when we were sick last week so we wanted to make sure everything smelled good.”
“What about disinfectants, Lysol or anything like that?” I followed.
“Oh!” they said, alarmed. “We haven’t been doing that! Oh no! We’ll get right on it!”
Before they could rush out the door and add more fumes to the mix, we talked about pets and their sensitive upper airways. Hopefully some fresh air and rest will improve Boca’s breathing!