Causes of cat’s coughing
When we cough or sneeze, these processes are often accompanied by the thought that our body may be in the early stage of respiratory disease. But in most cases, coughing is just a defense mechanism and our body tries to free itself from foreign bodies.
Did you know that cats can also cough? Perhaps you’ve noticed more than once how cats sneeze (sometimes even several times in a row) after they smell something. This is a common reaction to allergens and substances that irritate the mucous membrane of the rhinopharynx. But what is the nature of coughing in cats and why do cats cough? Today we will try to find answers to these questions.
Why is my cat coughing?
As we said before, coughing is a way to clear the airway from irritants (foreign objects, mucus, etc.) And you can hear a cat’s cough even if your pet is healthy. But if you notice that your cat started sneezing and coughing more often than usual plus there are other signs of poor physical condition then the cause can be much more serious.
- Bronchial asthma
- Respiratory infectious diseases (laryngitis, tracheitis, pneumonia, pharyngitis). The cause may be bacteria, infections, and fungi
- Parasites and helminths in heart or lung
- The presence of a foreign body in the respiratory organs.
- Malignant tumors (oncology)
- Pulmonary edema
- Cardiology diseases
My cat is coughing, maybe it’s a worm?
Helminths are a cause of disease quite often. Helminths, roundworms, nematodes can enter the intestinal tract with food. They can tear through the intestinal mucosa and enter the bloodstream. Together with elements of blood worms enter the kidneys, lungs, and heart. Animal organs are a great place for vital activity and reproduction of parasites.
When the larvae are inside the lungs, they provoke increased mucus secreting from which the animal is trying to get rid, and as a result, the cat can cough and hardly breathe.
What are the consequences of helminth infection?
A small number of nematodes in the cat’s lungs may not appear for a long time. But if the parasites have accumulated much, the following symptoms may arise:
- elevated body temperature;
- lethargy and bad mood of the cat (irritability, nervousness).
- cat dry cough
- poor appetite or its absence, weight loss
Helminths and the result of their vital activity are the cause of complications and scar tissue formation in the pet’s lungs.
Why do cats sneeze?
At the beginning of the article, we talked about the fact that cats can also sneeze, especially when they inhale odor-spirits. When a cat sneezes, it gets rid of mucus, dust, toxic substances, and those allergens that have entered the nasal cavity.
If your cat sneezes a couple of times and you understand that there is an irritant nearby you should not worry. But if your cat has other symptoms besides sneezing it is an excuse to see a doctor. These can be elevated body temperature, bloody discharge from the nose, coughing, deformed nose shape, discharge from the eyes, poor appetite, or refusal of food.
My cat is sneezing – what can it be?
There is a list of diseases that can be accompanied by sneezing, for example:
- polyps in the nasal cavity;
- bacterial and fungal injections
- dental diseases
- brachycephalic syndrome
- foreign body in the nasopharynx
- acute respiratory diseases
Brachycephalic syndrome should be mentioned separately. This disease most often affects the respiratory system of Persian, British, and Scottish, exotic cats’ breeds. Because they are genetically predisposed to these diseases.
Reasons for cat’s wheezing
Cat wheezing arises in time of narrowing of respiratory ways as a result of full or partial blocking. You can hear the cat wheeze regardless of age and breed of cat. The reasoning behind that would be:
- The shape of the facial bones. We have already written about the fact that some breeds of cats can make different noises (wheezing, whistling) during breathing and exhaling.
- Hairballs that accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract of an animal
- Worms (nematodes) in vital organs (heart and lungs)
- Reaction to environmental allergens and scents
Any of the above symptoms is a serious reason to visit the veterinarian and make sure that your cat’s health is not threatened. The doctor will carry out the necessary surveys and prescribe medical treatment. Take care of your little friends and keep an eye on their health!