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 Post subject: Breathing Surgery
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:44 pm 
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What can you tell me about it?

My little kitten sounds awuful. She makes all sorts of breathing noises, and the vet suggested that we could do something about it when she gets spayed. Does anyone have experince with this or could tell me about it? Is it worth it or is it better to just leave her be? She tends to be a mouth breather these days and has the stinkest breath. But, when she is sleeping she tends to be very quiet. It is only when she is awake that she tends to be a noisy breather.

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:00 pm 
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It's called stenotic nares surgery - it is done to correct congenital tiny or blocked nostrils and is pretty common in persians, french bulldogs and pugs, since they all have brachycephilic (smushed) faces. (Hopefully I spelled that correctly.) You may want to have more than one opinion, but if the vets' findings are that it will make the kitty more comfortable, it is a fairly common surgery. We used to have a member here who had it done to her kitty and it was a huge success. I hope some others who have had some experiences will step in with some more info for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:43 am 
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Sasha Elizabeth wrote:
It's called stenotic nares surgery - it is done to correct congenital tiny or blocked nostrils and is pretty common in persians, french bulldogs and pugs, since they all have brachycephilic (smushed) faces. (Hopefully I spelled that correctly.) You may want to have more than one opinion, but if the vets' findings are that it will make the kitty more comfortable, it is a fairly common surgery. We used to have a member here who had it done to her kitty and it was a huge success. I hope some others who have had some experiences will step in with some more info for you.



I sure hope I have not been missing so much Tomi was referring to me as "used to have a member here" :shock: ;)

Both of my girls have had stenotic nares surgery, Sparky twice. It is not a bad surgery and in fact made a huge difference in quality of life in Sparky epecially. Sparky was actually ill from the breathing problems. She spent so much of her energy just trying to breathe she didn't do much else. It also effected her ph levels, she had a hard time get enough oxygen, to the point she had chronic bladder problems and other issues. The breeder said she may outgrow it as her head grew, wrong, and if your kitten is having that much trouble don't wait too long.

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The most common surgery is where they cut a pie wedge out of the nostril opening to open it so she can breathe easier, sounds bad but it is not too bad. Another surgery was explained to me as "rheeming out the nose :shock: Not my cat :!:

Make sure your vet has experience with this or find one who does, it is important

DO NOT have the surgery if your cat has a cold, common with cats with this problem. Make sure it is not snorting from illness. The nose swells after surgery and if they are ill you could have a very sick kitty, plus surgery on a sick cat is not good anyway. They recover fairly quickly, it is not bad, at least it wasn't for mine. Mine still have a little trouble if they get too excited or their Herpes acts up but thier nares were extremely tiny and as much was taken off as possible without looking like Michael Jackson :?

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:14 am 
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:lol: Dianne, I wasn't referring to you. I didn't know the girls had this surgery -- sorry that missed me. :? I was referring to Jessica Burns, who got me onto this site in the first place (and I am forever grateful). I met her on Catster 5 years ago and she guided me here. Wherever you are, Jessica, THANK YOU!!! :heart:

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:26 pm 
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very good advice.. my vet says it is better to wait until they are a year old before making the decision, sometimes as they grow bigger they improve. If they have a very hard time breathing then it is good to have it done sooner..

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
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Hi Azurine, please don't be upset with me, I'm kind of jumping in here with some questions of my own on this surgery. I'm a foster shelter kitty momma who is a dork and I ended up adopting a beautiful ultra flat face exotic persian male short hair. He is so sweet, I love him soooo much.
Anyway, now that he is mine I want to take him to my vet for a checkup. His nose openings are so tiny. I don 't even think they are as big as pin hole. And his breathing is labored sometimes. I was happy to see this post. Because it explains some things.

Thanks everyone for responding to Azurine.

Does anyone how expensive the surgery is and how long recovery time is?


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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
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spookybaby wrote:
Hi Azurine, please don't be upset with me, I'm kind of jumping in here with some questions of my own on this surgery. I'm a foster shelter kitty momma who is a dork and I ended up adopting a beautiful ultra flat face exotic persian male short hair. He is so sweet, I love him soooo much.
Anyway, now that he is mine I want to take him to my vet for a checkup. His nose openings are so tiny. I don 't even think they are as big as pin hole. And his breathing is labored sometimes. I was happy to see this post. Because it explains some things.
Thanks everyone for responding to Azurine.

Does anyone how expensive the surgery is and how long recovery time is?


Hi there, Nire actually is the poster for this subject :D Recovery is not bad, the worse part is while there is swelling. Mine did not even need a cone, they left the site alone. Cost will depend on where you live and who does the surgery. It can vary greatly, for instance, it cost about $1500 for the specialist to do or under $300 for my vet :shock: Now my vet had experience doing it so I guess you know which route I took ;) It is important that you have someone with experience, and success, do it. Hope that helps .

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
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hi, my name is Pat , Dianne, knows a lot about this.. good luck..

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 Post subject: Re: Breathing Surgery
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:flower: My adopted Flame Point Himalyan boy Miles virtually have no nose to speak of and the first thing I did when he came home was book him for the stenotic nares surgery! His breathing was so laboured and he also had permanent eye
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He was kept overnight after the surgery and healed very fast. His stitches was removed about a week later.

The best thing I ever did! :flower:

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