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Common Questions about Cat Cough and Respiratory Problems

Why Is My Cat Coughing?

Cats, like a lot of pets, cough for a variety of reasons, some of them completely benign. For instance, cats cough to expel hairballs; this is a natural process for them.

What is Feline Kennel Cough?

There is a less common version of kennel cough that exists for felines as well, called Feline Bordetella (also known as Bordetellosis or Bordetella bronchiseptica) and it can present a number of ways. The signs are very similar to feline herpes and feline calcivirus; that is, a runny nose, runny eyes, sneezing, coughing, and otherwise difficulty breathing, lack of energy, loss of appetite, and occasional fever.

Symptoms of an Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats?

The signs include: Sneezing, congestion, runny nose, cough, clear-to-colored nasal discharge, gagging , drooling, fever, loss of or decreased appetite, rapid breathing, nasal and oral ulcers, squinting or rubbing eyes, open-mouthed breathing, depression.

What Are The Causes Of Upper Respiratory Tract Issues In Cats?

Viruses are, by far, the most common cause of upper respiratory problems in cats, accounting for 80%-90% of cases. Chlamydia and Bordetella are commonly found in animal shelter and catteries.

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.