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Cat Coughing Causes, Treatments

Cat coughing, just as with humans, can be caused by a number of factors including the heavily polluted atmosphere we find ourselves surrounded by.

While an acute cough will represent nothing more than the cat attempting to clear its throat from some kind of blockage in its respiratory tract or the other, the longer lasting and chronic coughs are the ones that are likely to cause more of a concern. The cat cough could be a dry, hacking cough or sound rather moist and accompanied by a number of other symptoms including a runny nose, weeping eyes or even the development of a fever.

One of the most common factors that cause excessive coughing in cats is the buildup of a fur ball in the animal’s throat as a result of the many hours that it spends grooming itself. A chronic cough could easily be a symptom of some medical complication taking place within the animal’s body, such as in the case of asthma or some respiratory disease or the other.

It is also important to remember the fact that a prominent cough could also easily be an indication of the presence of a feline heart disease. Cat sneezing is another very common occurrence, especially considered to be a prominent symptom if the animal is suffering from some kind of upper respiratory infection.

If your cat is suffering from both, cat coughing as well as cat sneezing, it is one of the strongest indications that your animal is suffering from feline asthma. In most cases, the condition manifests at a very young age. However, if it is only a recent development, you may want to look at any new changes in the cat’s environment or lifestyle and identify the likely trigger. Some of the more common triggers include new furniture, new linen, air freshener, or even simply the new laundry detergent used in the household.

In the event the problem seems to last for over 24 hours and is accompanied by shortness of breath, wheezing or even blush gums, it is important that you take your cat to the veterinarian and get a consultation on the most effective cat cough treatment available pertaining to the root cause. The diet you feed your cat will play a substantial role in how prone it is to coughing or sneezing caused by infection or viruses. A well balanced diet will provide the animal with the best mineral and vitamin content to fight off any allergies or infections while also serving to boost the immunity system of the animal.

  Submitted on May 12, 2010  

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