There may be various diseases behind when your cat coughs. It is very important to clarify the cause of the cough before the veterinarian begins therapy. Because the specialist has to treat an allergy very differently than a cold or a tumor.
Cat coughs: help the vet diagnose
For example, the veterinarian needs to know how the cat coughs to identify the underlying disease. A dry, occasional cough, which in the worst case can even turn into an asthma attack, indicates a serious illness of the lower respiratory tract. A "barking", so-called productive cough sounds worse, but is often easier to treat because it is usually an acute infection and not an allergy or asthma.
Also, tell the doctor exactly when and how often your cat coughs. If the cough only occurs in certain situations, there may be an allergy behind it. If the cat has coughed only recently, an acute illness is likely. However, she may also have breathed in a foreign body that has become lodged in the airways. The veterinarian checks this suspicion with an X-ray examination. It also helps the doctor to diagnose if you tell him whether the cough has changed in between. Other causes include tumors or lung worms.
Cat cough: what diseases can be behind it?
Some causes of cat cough are more common in young cats, others tend to be more common in older animals. Therefore, the age of your cat can help the veterinarian make a diagnosis. If your young cat coughs, it may be due to the following diseases:
● Cat flu (further symptoms: sneezing, discharge from the eyes, difficulty swallowing, apathy, loss of appetite)
● lungworms (dry, loud cough with little expectoration)
● cold (Symptoms like cat cold, but less severe)
● foreign body (further signs: gagging, wheezing, increased salivation, shaking head)
To prevent cat cold, you should definitely have your young cat vaccinated, unless this has already been done by the breeder, previous owner or at the animal shelter. Go to the veterinarian as soon as possible if your young cat coughs so that the cause can be remedied or the symptoms can be alleviated.
When older cats cough, it is usually due to these underlying diseases:
● Feline asthma (Chronic allergic bronchitis with panting, shortness of breath and seizure-like, dry cough)
● lung infection (Symptoms are similar to asthma, but the cat looks very sick, exhausted, and exhausted overall)
● Purulent Pleurisy (Pyothorax, can later be accompanied by fever, blood poisoning and severe shortness of breath)
● Tumors and cancer (However, cough is a rare symptom, signs such as weight loss, physical weakness and rapid exhaustion are more common)
With these diseases, cough is often not in the foreground or only becomes noticeable when the disease has already progressed. Therefore, have your older cat checked regularly at the veterinarian so that possible tumors or chronic diseases are discovered early. This increases the chances of recovery or prevents the symptoms from getting worse.
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If there is an infection, mucus collects in the airways, causing the cat to cough. The infection can usually be treated well with medication and as soon as the mucus is loosened and coughed up, the cat recovers very quickly. If a foreign body is the cause of the cat's cough, the doctor can put the kitty under anesthesia and operate the foreign body out. It is important that the operation is carried out quickly so that the foreign body does not irritate the airways for an unnecessarily long time.
Lungworms can be treated with worms by the vet and tumors can be surgically removed if they are discovered early. Chemotherapy can also provide additional support against tumors. Only with a chronic cough are the chances that your cat will be completely healthy again. If an allergy is the cause, you can try to identify the triggers and avoid them if possible. In addition, you can provide relief for your fur nose with medications that keep the airways open and anti-inflammatory agents.