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Coughing In Cats

by Albert John March 26, 2018

Coughing In Cats

In cats, coughing could take place due to different health conditions, such as bronchitis, asthma, and cancer, among others. Treating a cough is dependent on the cough’s cause.


Cats could undergo coughing as a clinical indication of another underlying process of disease. The respiratory tract is actively separated into the lower airway and upper airway. The lower airway consists of the alveoli, bronchioles, and bronchi (which are the airways listed from smallest to largest, respectively) and the upper airway includes the larynx and the windpipe or known as the trachea.


The conditions that impact both the lower and upper airways could lead to coughing and conditions beyond the respiratory tract, as well. The forming of fluid outside or inside of the lung fields could also cause coughing.


Airway inflammations could take place as a result of irritants or allergens like dusty litter, air fresheners, smoke, or perfumes. Moreover, space-occupying masses around the trachea or in the lungs, such as abscesses, granulomas, or cancer, could all lead to a cough response.


Usually, congestive heart failure also causes coughing in dogs due to the trachea’s compression from the fluid accumulation around and in the lungs and heart enlargement, although rarely leads to coughing in cats. The following list includes the most typical causes of coughing in cats, but it’s not entirely exhaustive:


  • Chronic bronchitis (which includes allergic airway disease like asthma)
  • Tracheobronchitis (frequently caused by bacteria like Bordetella or Mycoplasma)
  • Infectious


-Heartworm disease


-Pneumonia caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi


  • Cancer – primary or metastatic
  • Lung lobe torsion
  • Foreign body in the lower or upper airway
Albert John
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