Cough in cats: causes and treatment

Lying cats

La cough It is an involuntary act caused by irritation either in the throat or in the bronchial tubes. Cats, like us, cough to try to expel what has caused this reflex, be it foreign objects, viruses or bacteria if they are sick, grass, or even smoke, among others. But they can also cough if their collar is too tight.

Often the cough in cats is a symptom of some disease, so let's see what are the causes and their treatment.

Main causes of cough in cats

  • Respiratory disease: It is one of the most common causes: if the cat coughs and sneezes and has watery eyes, it is most likely that he has a respiratory problem, such as an allergy or a cold. But if instead of sneezing what you hear is like "whistling", or if you have difficulty breathing, it is a symptom of asthma.
  • Parasites and fungi: If the cat coughs sporadically, and is listless, with little appetite and if it is also losing weight, it may have parasites, such as worms, or fungi.
  • Heart problems: Heart problems can also cause a cat to cough.

Treatment of cough in cats

Cat at the vet

Whenever it is suspected that the furry has a serious health problem, especially if it is losing appetite and / or weight, and if it has breathing problems, it is important to take him to the vet for examinationWell, as I have seen, you could have a serious illness, such as asthma or heart problems.

Now, if the cough is short-lived and the animal leads a normal life, then we can treat it at home, but without giving it medicine for humans. Never self-medicate a catWell, there are many - including aspirin - that can be toxic. What we can do is:

  • Clean your eyes and nose often with a gauze pad soaked in warm water.
  • Provide water abundant.
  • Keep home to one nice tempeture.

And, of course, give him a lot of pampering so that he recovers soon 🙂.


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  1.   Inma said

    Hello Monica:

    My cat has quite a cough and fatigue, we took her to the vet and she says she has heart problems. She told us to give her some vaso-dilating injections every time she had a seizure but she gives her quite often and we have taken her again and she says the same thing. I would like to know your opinion. Thanks and best regards, Inma. PS I could send you a video of the cat, since you can see the fatigue with the naked eye.

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Inma.
      One of the causes of coughing in cats is heart problems, such as cardiomyopathies. Treatment can be very long, to the point that it may take 3 months to notice any improvement.
      It only remains to be very patient, and in case the cat worsens, take her to the same vet or to another.
      Much encouragement.

  2.   Sebastian Sierra. said

    Hello, good morning, consult. Min cat is happy. It starts with a mild cough and increases over time. It is harmed by changes in the weather. Eg January for the air conditioning, and when the heat goes to the cold or there is humidity. The vet sent him a chest x-ray. The only thing that came out is that the part of the bronchi is inflamed. Where is the passage of oxygen made, he told me. When he is with that cough I send him PREDNISOLONE, 10 MG. She told me that she has corticosteroids that it would be good to see something else but she is consulting since she is more of a dog specialist. He consulted other specialists and they all told him that prednisolone is good. What I can do? He also tells me about the aero cameras but he hasn't sent me to buy it yet. I finished 12 days ago of taking the remedy. The cough is gone but now he has again .. I would appreciate a lot if you can answer me. My cat is 8 years old. And it weighs eight kilos. It is a big cat.

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Sebastian.
      I'm sorry your cat is unwell but I am not a veterinarian.
      One of my cats had a cough and was also prescribed prednisolone, and it got better after a week. But each case is different.
      If you are not convinced by this vet, I recommend looking for another.
      Greetings, and encouragement.

  3.   Fernando Venegas said

    Hello, I have a 10-month-old kitten for almost a month with a cough and a week with sneezing but it does not eliminate discharge. a cold smell when he breathes. he has his shots. and is neutered.

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hello Fernando.
      I'm sorry your kitty is still unwell, but I can't help you as I'm not a veterinarian.
      If you are not convinced by your vet's explanation, I recommend asking for a second opinion.
      Cheer up.

  4.   Yuly said

    Hello, I have a 3-month-old kitten and it seems that he has a cold, he coughs and breathes and feels quite distemper. I am giving him amoxicillin in suspension since yesterday hoping that he will improve. Thank you

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Yuly.
      The first thing I advise you is to stop giving him the medicine. You should not self-medicate a cat without the advice of a veterinarian, as it could be very harmful to the animal.
      If you can, take him to the vet since at this age any simple cold could turn into a serious health problem.
      Much encouragement.