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Asthma in cats: causes and symptoms


Asthma in cats is fairly common and can occur at any age. The cause is usually an allergic reaction. Symptoms include coughing with difficulty breathing due to narrowing of the bronchi. Asthma in cats manifests itself through coughing and shortness of breath - Image: Shutterstock / Hannes Eichinger

Asthma in cats (also called "feline asthma" or "cat asthma") is one of the most common cat diseases and occurs suddenly. The causes are not always clear, but can be caused, for example, by the factors mentioned below.

Asthma in cats: causes of respiratory illness

Asthma in cats can be acute or chronic. Some four-legged friends who suffer from asthma have suffered from bronchial disease or a genetic predisposition to respiratory disease at a young age.

Asthma in cats is often caused by contact with an allergy-causing substance. Possible causes of the symptoms can be dusty cat litter, cigarette smoke, dust mites, pollen, dry heating air, cleaning agents or other chemicals.

The muscles in the area of ​​the bronchi then contract and contract. The cat's airways narrow and it is difficult to breathe. At the same time, mucus is formed in the airways.

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Symptoms of asthma in cats

An asthma attack occurs all of a sudden and can manifest itself as symptoms with shortness of breath and a mild to severe coughing fit that lasts longer than a normal one (longer than 1 - 2 minutes).

They recognize that their cat is short of breath when crouched in a crouched position and with the paws close to the body, a wheezing sound is heard when breathing, the mouth is wide open and it sticks out its tongue, which can turn blue.

An attack can last minutes, but sometimes hours, and usually occurs several times a month in chronic asthma, especially in the evening and at night.

If the cat has severe shortness of breath, is confused or panicked, they should see a veterinarian immediately in the event of an attack. But the symptoms of frequent cough should also be clarified as quickly as possible.