Common Respiratory Issues in Cats


Most respiratory illnesses in cats are easily transmittable between cats and should be addressed quickly. Coughing, sneezing, runny eyes and nose or lack of appetite are common symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. There are several reasons why a cat may suffer from respiratory distress, and in this guide we will discuss many of those reasons – while providing solutions.  


Other common respiratory problems or symptoms in cats:

Asthma in Cats

Feline asthma affects between 1-5% of cats and requires an accurate diagnosis for proper treatment. Symptoms typically include dry hacking, labored breathing and wheezing. Eliminating triggers of asthma attacks is very important if you have an asthmatic kitty.

Cold/Flu Virus in Cats

Just like humans, cats can suffer from a cold or flu virus as well. Symptoms of these viruses look much like an upper respiratory infection, with nasal discharge, sneezing, runny or goopy eyes and decreased appetite. There are ways that we can help our cats overcome a cold or flu quicker at home using natural remedies.

Conjunctivitis in Cats

Conjunctivitis is something that many cats will experience at some point in their lifetime and is often a symptom of another respiratory problem. Gunky eyes, usually discolored, and inflammation of the mucous membrane make this issue very uncomfortable for cats. Treating symptoms while addressing the root cause is important if your kitty has conjunctivitis.

Coughing in Cats

A cough is a reflex designed to clear irritants and a way of preventing aspiration the lungs If your cat is coughing chronically, this is likely a symptom of an underlying respiratory illness or disease. There are many things that can cause your cat to cough, but getting to the root issue is key.

Pyothorax in Cats

Pyothorax is an infection in the chest cavity that is somewhat common in cats. This condition is often caused by either a bite wound to the chest or inhaling a foreign object. Long term therapy is often needed to resolve the infection in the chest.

Sneezing in Cats

Sneezing is one of the most common symptoms of upper respiratory infections in cats, however, there are many reasons that a cat may sneeze. If the sneezing is not accompanied with other symptoms and goes away quickly, there’s likely no cause for concern. Many common household items are the reason behind cat’s sneezing irregularly.

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