Cough in cats, it is not as frequent as in dogs, but it is a problem not to be overlooked, especially if it lasts several days and is not limited to a short and isolated episode. If the cough in cats becomes daily and annoying, the causes must be understood.
There cough in cats it can be caused by the presence of a irritant agent in the bronchial ducts but for example it can be caused by a infection borne by the airways or by inhaling irritants such as smoke and certain chemicals. Also of objects: the cough in cats it can come after they have swallowed grass, dust and food particles.
What if the collar is too tight the cause? Or an allergic reaction? A tap of cough in cats it means everything and nothing. Without frightening us, we see the possibilities, aware that felines are particularly prone to respiratory diseases, primarily bronchitis and heartworm disease.
Don't panic, and let's start with the ABC. That is, from the definition of cough in cats. In cats but also in us humans, it is the sudden emission of air from the lungs through the mouth. You can come across productive cough or not productive.
There cough in cats productive, called fat cough when it comes to men and women, the emission of air coincides with the emission of mucus, edematous fluid or blood that the animal sometimes swallows, gurgling, almost. Another type of cough in cats it is the one that, not productive, does not foresee any emission, is not accompanied by strange sounds, if anything by a sort of "goose cry" and, at times, by retching.
Cough in cats: causes
In dogs it is more common, the cough in cats it is much less so, but the big difference between our two friends and their coughs is that in dogs they can be associated heart disease, in the cat almost never. Having said that, reassured a little, we can talk more about the causes of cough in cats, starting from the typology of the phenomenon observed "in the field".
When the cough in cats is accompanied by sneezing, red eyes and tearing eyes, it is possible that the origin is one viral respiratory disease while when it is deep and the cat stretches its neck emitting mucus the most likely thing is that it is a "beautiful" chronic bronchitis. There acute bronchitis on the other hand, it is the diagnosis when cough in cats occurs after physical activity.
If suddenly our cat starts coughing and struggles to breathe, with breathlessness, we can talk about feline asthma, quite another thing is when the cough in cats is sporadic but unfortunately causes loss of weight and appetite, then the suspicion is heartworm, heartworm disease or fungal diseases.
There are also some heart problems among the causes of cough in cats but it should also be considered that there is a sort of self-perpetuating mechanism behind coughing. Feline and not. Every cough irritates the bronchi and lowers resistance to infections which, in turn, lead the cat to cough. A loop. Which must be interpreted to be blocked.
Cough in cats: diagnosis
In case of cough in cats chronic, but even if the episodes are not episodic but continue for a few days, it is better to take the cat to the vet for a diagnosis. If it comes to chronic cough usually the expert proceeds with an x-ray of the chest and the transtracheal washes. These are washes carried out under the effect of a light anesthesia, inserting a catheter into the cat's trachea and extracting cells which, when examined, will lead to the verdict. At diagnosis.
When the cough in cats obviously involves the bronchial ducts, there is a bronchoscopy to be performed which involves the insertion of an optical fiber instrument along the trachea of the cat, under anesthesia, of course. In addition to seeing the ducts, it is possible to take samples and analyze their status through biopsies or microscopic examination and tests on a possible sample of mucus picked up.
Cough in cats: remedies
Here it all depends on the diagnosis made on the cough in cats. We have seen that the causes are more varied and also the types of cough, so knowing how to act on this disorder is not difficult but it is not obvious. Never act alone, nor with do-it-yourself medications, neither with drugs, perhaps for children, “recycled” on our poor friends, nor with natural remedies "random". There are some but they must be known and always agreed with the veterinarian.
If the cough in cats is linked to the presence of an allergic pathology or a form of feline asthma, the planned therapy will be on a corticosteroid basis. By aerosol, orally, by injection. It may also happen to be associated there'antibiotic but only in the absence of results for the first few days or with the onset of a bacterial complication. The antibiotic for the cough in dogs it will certainly be used if it is bronchitis with phlegm, perhaps the result of a neglected rhinotracheitis.
When cough in cats is a symptom of one pulmonary parasitosis the possible undertaking is to understand the type of "guilty" parasite and then proceed with the most correct dewormer. I leave for last what I hope is not the origin of cough in cats, in cats of our knowledge: the filariasis. This cursed prefers dogs or others to the cat but if it catches it then it has more serious consequences because this animal has on average a smaller heart: a single heartworm to cause even sudden death in the cat.
Cough in cats: natural remedies
We look for them all, also and first of all for ourselves: i natural remedies. And for coughs, or similar problems, it happens even more frequently. Why not for the cat? It can be done, but always with caution, feeling the veterinary and perhaps explaining to him that we can prefer this way, if possible. Self effective, mostly.
There are natural and homeopathic remedies for the cough in cats when it is linked to asthma, allergies and chronic bronchitis. Some of the ones we might find recommended are the following: Pretty Woman, Pulsatilla, Bryonia, Bromio, Silicea, Aresenicum album, Antimonium tartaricum. Do not delay, do not be stubborn, if the cough in cats is stubborn to pass, contact the vet who will be able to indicate the most appropriate therapy.
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