Overview

A Brief History of Aerosol MedicationsAerosol medications delivered by Metered Dose Inhalers or puffers have been used to treat human respiratory conditions since the 1960s.  Because respiratory diseases in cats imitate human conditions, they can be treated in a similar way.1
Conditions, like feline asthma, have traditionally been treated with either oral or injected medications – often with many negative side-effects.  Aerosol medications allow for the delivery of medication deep into the lungs – acting quickly and with fewer side-effects.1
AeroKat* Feline Aerosol Chamber
The AeroKat* Feline Aerosol Chamber (FAC) is designed to be used with a Metered Dose Inhaler (puffer) as recommended by a veterinarian to deliver aerosol medication to cats with feline asthma, chronic bronchitis or allergic rhinitis.
When the AeroKat* FAC is attached to the puffer it allows your cat to breathe normally and inhale the aerosol medication which goes deep into your cats’ lungs, where it is needed.
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The Flow-Vu* Indicator takes the guesswork out of using your cat’s aerosol medication. The Flow-Vu* Indicator will help you count the number of breaths your cat has taken through the chamber and may help to ensure there is a satisfactory seal between the muzzle and the mask, to optimize the delivery of the medication.
As your cat inhales, the bright green Flow-Vu* Indicator will flutter or move towards the cat (if you have a good facemask seal).  When your cat stops inhaling or exhales, the indicator will return to the vertical position.
The ideal time to activate the puffer is when your pet starts to inhale and the Flow-Vu* Indicator is moving horizontally towards them.
Feline Asthma
Approximately one in 100 cats have asthma – perhaps more, as the symptoms are often confused with hairballs. During an asthma attack, the pathways in the lungs become inflamed and narrow resulting in symptoms that may include frequent wheezing, persistent coughing and/or open mouth or labored breathing. Asthma generally affects cats between 2 and 8 years of age – with Siamese and Himalayan breeds having a higher prevalence. 
Your veterinarian is the best person to speak to about your cat’s condition.

1 Padrid PA. Use of Inhaled Medications to Treat Respiratory Diseases in Dogs and Cats. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2006;42:165-169

Instructions

  1. Silicone Masks
    2 sizes for all breeds and sizes of cats
  2. Flow-Vu* Indicator
    Helps confirm your pet is receiving the medication they need
  3. Universal Backpiece
    Compatible with all commonly prescribed puffers
  4. StatBan* Anti-Static Chamber
    Minimizes static charge for consistent drug delivery
Using Your AeroKat* Chamber
How to use our AeroKat* Feline Aerosol ChamberA short ‘How to Use’ video demonstrating the proper use of a puffer with our chamber.
Video Length:  0:48 min

Take the cap off the puffer.
Insert the puffer into the Backpiece of the chamber and shake both for 5 seconds.
Gently apply the mask to the muzzle and ensure an effective seal.
Use the Flow-Vu* Indicator to know when to release the medication into the chamber.
Activate the puffer to release the medication when the Flow-Vu* Indicator is moving horizontally toward your cat and hold the mask in place for another 5-6 breaths. Only release one puff of medication into the chamber at a time.
Follow your veterinarians instructions for the number of puffs and how long to wait between puffs.
Product Instructions
Complete instructions for use and care of your AeroKat* FAC.

Testimonials


Customer Testimonials
My Mimi has been using the Aerokat with inhaled medication for 6 years now and he is doing very well. Giving him his medication is almost fun - it is so easy and no problem at all. Thank you very much for the great work! You make our life much easier!
Monika

“I just wanted to thank you so much, for developing AeroKat...[Ronde] was never scared of the device, or the puffing noise, and will come to get her medicine, almost from the start.  And of course the difference in her health has been beyond belief. Thank you, so much.”
Laurie
"The AeroKat has changed my life – it brought me great peace of mind  in treating my cat’s asthma.   He even comes right over and sits next to me when he knows it is time for his meds.”
Mikel

"Now [Meadow] actually looks forward to her medications when she sees the AeroKat in my hand! Thanks to the AeroKat chamber, [she] is healthier and happier and my life is much easier."
Dottie

“Thank you for saving my cat Harry’s life.  Harry is his old self again - he feels so great. He's running and playing again - all thanks to you. I very much appreciate your efforts to design something that helps such a small percentage of cats...Again - thanks for giving me back my cat!!”
Moya

“I recently purchased your AeroKat chamber for my cat Sherlock who has been having breathing problems for a few years now.  Your product makes it very easy to administer his medication and he doesn't seem to mind it at all.  Thank you for making such a great product.”
Doreen
“Five months ago, our cat was diagnosed with severe feline asthma and spent several days in the emergency veterinary hospital just to get stabilized.  We purchased the AeroKat device for administering her Albuterol and Flovent doses and I'm convinced it's been a life saver!  I cannot imagine dosing her without the AeroKat - thank you for such a wonderfully developed product!”
Renee
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Note: The opinions expressed in these testimonials are those of the author only.  They do not reflect those of TMI.  The testimonials are for informational purposes only.  Always consult a Veterinarian before treating your cat with a puffer and AeroKat* Feline Aerosol Chamber.

Veterinarians

Dosing strategies
Guidelines for using inhaled medication to treat feline respiratory diseases. Adapted from a published study in the Journal of Small Animal Practice by Dr. Philip Padrid.
Available in English.
Veterinary Professionals Aerosol Drug Delivery for Feline Asthma
The goal of therapy with the AeroKat* FAC is to reverse airflow obstruction (typically with bronchodilators) and control inflammation (typically with corticosteroids).  Once the cat is stabilized, a maintenance program can be implemented.  Feline asthma cannot be cured, but can be controlled.
Proper use of a puffer requires the animal to coordinate inhalation with the actuation of the device – which is not possible for felines. Many puffers deliver a dose at over 100 km per hour.1  When the AeroKat* FAC is attached to the puffer it allows the cat to breathe normally and inhale the aerosol medication. The AeroKat* FAC holds the medication in the chamber until the cat is ready to inhale – slowing down the aerosol and separating the large particles from the smaller, respirable particles to help deliver the medication deep in the lungs – where it is needed most. Therapeutic aerosol administration using puffers can generally be easily and efficiently completed within about five minutes or less.
dosing strategies for Using Inhaled Medication to Treat Feline Respiratory Diseases
Developed by Dr. Philip Padrid
Symptoms Treatment
Mild Intermittent
  • Albuterol Metered Dose Inhaler with feline aerosol chamber as required
Mild Persistent
  • Flovent 110mcg, 1 actuation – twice daily with feline aerosol chamber
  • Albuterol Metered Dose Inhaler with feline aerosol chamber as required
Moderate Persistent
  • Flovent 110mcg, 1 actuation – twice daily with feline aerosol chamber
  • Consider using mg/kg of prednisone administered orally twice daily for 5 days and then once daily for 5 additional day
  • Albuterol Metered Dose Inhaler with feline aerosol chamber as required
Severe Persistent Initial Treatment:
  • 2 mg/kg of dexamethasone administered intravenously 
  • Albuterol Metered Dose Inhaler with feline aerosol chamber every 30 minutes for up to 4 hours
  • 40-100% oxygen by nasal cannula or oxygen cage
Once Stabilized:
  • Flovent 110mcg, 1 actuation – twice daily with chamber
  • Albuterol Metered Dose Inhaler with feline aerosol chamber administered four times daily as needed
  • Some cats may also require additional intermittent lower doses of oral prednisone
Source: Padrid, Philip. Feline Asthma: Diagnosis and Treatment. Respiratory Medicine and Surgery. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice. Volume 30, #6, Nov, 2000.1279-1293. Padrid, Philip. Use of Inhaled Medications to Treat Respiratory Diseases in Dogs and Cats. Journal of the American  Animal Hospital Association 42:165-169 (2006).
Aerosol Therapy in Dogs and Cats The use of aerosol therapy continues to grow. Click here to review an article by Dr. Rozanski which reviews procedures and commonly used medications.

ANIMAL HEALTH STUDY SUMMARY
This study summary includes some of the more recent and relevant studies on the use of inhaled medication to treat respiratory disease in small animals.



Note
: The dosage form, manufacturer and brand name may vary by country. Trudell Medical International does not endorse the use of any specific medication with the AeroKat* FAC including any of the medications listed above.

1 Newman S. Principles of Metered Dose Inhaler Design. Respir Care. 2005; 50(9): 1177-1188.

Product Literature

Fritz the Brave In loving memory of Kathryn Hopper who was instrumental in encouraging the development of the AeroKat* FAC. We leave you with her work and dedication. Kathryn passed away February 3rd, 2009.
Read more about Fritz here.
AeroKat* Feline Aerosol Chamber Literature Product Information Brochure
Designed to help your patients feel more comfortable with their new device.  Frequently Asked Questions, product features and our easy-to-use instructions are reviewed.

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Dosing Sheet
Guidelines for using inhaled medication to treat feline respiratory diseases. Adapted from a published study in the Journal of Small Animal Practice by Dr. Philip Padrid.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some of the most common questions we get about the AeroKat* FAC.

ANIMAL HEALTH STUDY SUMMARY
This study summary includes some of the more recent and relevant studies on the use of inhaled medication to treat respiratory disease in small animals.


Animals Have Asthma Too! Poster
Consumer focused poster that features all three varieties of chamber to help pet owners understand that their animals need help to Breathe Easier.  Finished size is 24” x 33".

Colouring PagesFun designs for kids to colour.
Further Reading Articles and abstracts pertaining to aerosol drug delivery in felines with respiratory disease.
Dr. P Padrid's Medication Protocol
Feline Asthma Responds to Human Treatments
Scott's Diary - Your Cat Magazine
Self Assessment - A case presentation on feline asthma
Feline Asthma: A Serious Condition
For Asthmatic Cats, Relief May Be A Few Puffs Away
Chronic Coughing in Cats Part I: Causes**
Chronic Coughing in Cats Part II: Diagnosis**
Chronic Coughing in Cats Part III: Treatment**
** This information has been reproduced with permission from Dr. Danièlle Gunn-Moore BSc BVM&s PhD MACVSc MRCVS, Nestlé Purina Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine. University of Edinburgh.  Copyright® 2003 Dr. Danièlle Gunn-Moore.

 

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