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How To Help A Kitty That Is Coughing

Cat and Kitten owners will know cat cough as something they may hear fairly often for a range of reasons. This article will help you understand the difference between when the cat needs assistance and when all that is happening is an soon to be expelled hairball.

If you are owned by a cat, then you have heard a few versions of cat cough. It comes. It disappears. It’s wet, dry, raspy, harsh, non productive, gives a gooey present on the floor, degenerates into vomiting, and the list keeps growing. The key is to know when your cat must be taken to see the vet.

More frequently than not, a feline cough is relatively common and typically infrequent. It’s when the frequency steps up and there are physical symptoms like respiratory issues running nose and/or eyes, steady sneezing and the cat makes a bubbling sound while breathing, combined with tiredness exercise avoidance and weightloss, you absolutely need vet evaluation.

Typically , a cough is a natural reflex as it acts to remove either secretions in the throat, or something that may have gotten stuck in the throat, voice box, airways or windpipe. The coughing keeps the invader away from the lungs. Most often, the cat will cough to get rid of whatever is bothering it, which will be the end of the cough trigger.

If the coughing is persistent, you will need to come to a specific diagnosis by ruling out pneumonia, allergies, bronchitis, asthma, cat bordetella, heartworm disease, roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms, coronary failure, lung tumors and worms. More specifically the frequently seen problems are lung worms (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus), lung flukes (Paragonimus kellicotti) and other types of worms or parasites (Capillaria aerophilia) .

Be sure to be on the lookout for any persistent cough that continues for over several weeks. It might appear to creep up suddenly, or it might have developed over a prolonged period of time. The key here is how often the cat is coughing. If it troubles you, then your instinct is right. Take the cat to see the vet. The veterinarian will run a selection of diagnostic tests, including chest x-rays, a blood panel and heartworm tests, as well as fecal tests to check for eggs and worms from any possible parasitic causes that are hitching a ride. If there is suspected to be a more serious problem, advanced testing such as a bronchoscopy will be used to see what is going on in the interior of the lungs. The vet may also sample any liquid to test for an infectious disease.

Protocols for treating cat cough is specifically conditional on the underlying problem that cause the condition. Before you try any type of medications, see a veterinarian. Do not give human drugs like ibuprofen, Tylenol, aspirin or Robitussin, unless the vet has indicated you can do so and has supplied you with a proper dose and frequency of administration. They’re seriously dangerous and can be fatal to your cat. Most oftne treatment for worms causing cat cough involves deworming medication, which can have side effects when the worms die in masses. Other medications may be required, for example the cat may need corticosteroids to address side effects of the medications.

If you prefer natural cures to address a cat cough, there are a number available on the market. Note that these are not a specific cure, but a way to support the body’s natural healing process in addition to any specific treatments suggested by the specific diagnosis of your vet.

As I advise all of my readers tell your vet if you are giving your cat natural homeopathic products as they may not work with prescribed medicine; something you need to know so you don’t harm your cat.

Cathy Doggins is the author of many articles on cat cough and feline wellness and health. The writer is a leading contributor to frequently visited pet health publications including the Cat Health Guide, the Pet Health Guide and others.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on February 12, 2015

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