Cat coughs can run the gamut from dry hacking coughs to wet, phlegm coughs.
Coughing may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as runny nose or eyes
Cat Cough Diagnosis
If your cat has a persistent cough, a trip the veterinarian is in order.
A full physical exam should include a lung x-ray and perhaps a stool sample
to rule out parasites or other possible causes.
Possible cat cough diagnosis includes:
- Hairballs or Fur balls – Every cat owner has heard
the unique hacking cough that precedes a hairball on the floor. Frequent
or untreated hairballs can be a hazard. National Pet Pharmacy carries a wide
selection of hairball treatments, including Nutri-Vet
Hairball Paw Gel for Cats.
- Cold or flu- Coughs associated with a runny nose or nasal
discharges are probably caused by a virus or upper respiratory infection.
National Pet Pharmacy has a full selection of supportive care items for cats
suffering from URIs or cat colds, including HomeoPet
- Chronic Bronchitis: Also known as cat asthma, chronic
bronchitis in cats is characterized by long phlegm-laden coughs. This is
the primary cause of cat cough.
- Respiratory infections - These coughs are similar to
those caused by cold or flu. Fever is likely. The URIs are typically not
terribly serious, but symptomatic relief can be had with Vetoquinol
Enisyl-F Oral Paste and Clavamox at
National Pet Pharmacy.
- Allergies – These are irritant-triggered coughs
that can be problematic. However, they can be easily managed with a wide
variety of allergy treatments at National Pet Pharmacy, including Cyclosporine and Methylprednisolone.
- Feline Bordetella (kennel cough): Bordetella bronchiseptica
is an upper respiratory tract infection in cats.
- Feline Asthma - These coughs may sound “moist.” Your
cat will wheeze and sound as if she is having trouble catching her breath
and will act normal in between episodes.
- Heartworms - These are rare in cats but it does occur.
The coughs sound a lot like asthma.
- Parasites such as hookworms or roundworms - These are
common in kittens, particularly in unsanitary environments. Symptoms include
weight loss, lethargic and reduction in appetite.
- Feline Heart Disease - Heart disease such as murmurs
can trigger a cough.
- Disease of the larynx or esophagus: Occurs during or
shortly after eating. The larynx normally closes when food is swallowed to
prevent food from entering the trachea. If the larynx has a disease it may
not close when food is swallowed resulting in food entering the trachea.
- Lung Cancer – A cough resulting from lung cancer
would require significant veterinary treatment.
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