The secret weapon in my war against feline asthma doubles as a hilarious talking point. Please remember, this AeroKat Feline Inhaler review is serious business. Kind of.
I am very good at breathing. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. So easy. I could do it all day – in fact, I’m so good at breathing that I do do it all day! Sparrow, on the other hand, he’s not so good at breathing. His poor little lungs just don’t work the way they’re supposed to. He’s asthmatic and maybe I’m a cruel human because the whole situation still makes me laugh a bit. I mean really, having to medicate your cat via an inhaler twice a day is quite ridiculous, in a very cute way.
If you have your own asthma cat, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, you might be wondering how this is even possible, how does a cat inhale medicine from a puffer? I’d like to introduce you to Sparrow’s second best friend.
At a Glance
- What: AeroKat Feline Aerosol Chamber
- Who: Trudel Medical International
- Best Price: Amazon.com
- Does Sparrow Approve? He kinda has to
But First, I Must Confess…
There’s no easy way to own up to this, so I’m just going to rip the band-aid off (so to speak) and come right out with it. We don’t actually have an AeroKat. Our vet didn’t have any in stock at the time Sparrow was diagnosed with asthma and we needed to start treatment at home immediately, so what we have instead is this:
The AeroDawg. So my plan to turn Sparrow into a dog may actually have legs. The only difference is the size of the masks, but guess what? The AeroDawg small has the same size masks as the AeroKat. It’s a cat pretending to be a dog, just like Sparrow.
(Ok, I’m the only one pretending Sparrow is a dog, but let’s not talk about that).
He’s a Cat. Cat Cat Cat Cat KAT
The AeroKat was developed by Trudell Medical International, in conjunction with Dr Philip Patrid, a highly qualified vet who specialises in respiratory medicine. It’s designed to be used with a metered dose inhaler (MDI) as prescribed by your vet, to deliver inhaled medication to cats with asthma or chronic bronchitis.
With the puffer attached to the AeroKat, your cat breathes normally and inhales the medication. This is by far the best way to treat cats with asthma, as the medication goes straight into the lungs, where it’s needed.
AeroKat has this little green flappy thing, which the technical types call the Flow-Vu indicator. It moves back and forth as your cat breathes, so you can count breaths and make sure kitty gets enough of the medication into his lungs. Sparrow purrs into his mask sometimes and the little green flappy thing vibrates back and forth, it’s hilarious.
The AeroKat comes with two different sized masks (3.2cm & 3.9cm). The mask needs to cover your cat’s mouth and nose, but not the eyes. A snug fit is required to ensure the medication gets to where it’s supposed to go.
Keeping it Clean
The second best thing about the AeroKat is that you can pull it apart for cleaning. I love pulling things apart. Sometimes a white film develops inside the canister from the inhaled medication – this is normal. Clean the AeroKat weekly or whenever it is obviously dirty.
My Cat Would NEVER take that!
I know. So far every cat owned human I’ve told has been horrified at the thought of having to give their cat a puffer twice a day, but you’d be surprised. With the right approach and plenty of practice, it still might not be a walk in the park, but it’s not a horror movie massacre either. Here’s a quick video explanation of the process:
Thousands of asthma cats all over the world have been using AeroKat with great success and at least one cat has been using AeroDawg with the same great success. I’m sure Sparrow realises that the medication makes him feel better and other than a stereotypical coy catness, he takes it pretty well.
Boring But Necessary Warnings
AeroKat comes with detailed instructions. Read the instructions and use only as directed by your vet. Store AeroKat and all medications as you would any other medical equipment – away from children and pets.
Does Sparrow Approve?
He doesn’t have much of a choice, does he? We have no complaints – the AeroKat Feline Inhaler does what it’s supposed to, even if he occasionally doesn’t like it. The chamber itself is a convenient size so if your cat wants to wrestle, you’ll easily be able to handle both and keep your cool at the same time.
What do you – and your cat – think of the AeroKat Feline Inhaler? Head to the comments below and share your thoughts…