Coughing In Cats

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  1. We have a couple of cats at our clinic that have asthma and not many on heartworm preventative. I think that they think that mosquitoes won’t go in the house.

  2. I have had mosquitoes try to go in my house when I open the door, and I have found mosquitoes in my house. Even indoor cats are susceptible to heartworm disease spread by mosquitoes because mosquitoes do manage to get inside.

  3. I have heard people say that they want a cat because they don’t have to go see the vet as often. I tell them that they’ve never owned a cat!

  4. So true, M.K. Cats will need to see a veterinarian for preventative care, vaccinations, dental cleanings, and for any medical issues that may develop.

  5. Elaine says:

    When my parents had a farm, they had several cats with what their vet called barn cat disease. I never knew exactly what disease that was, but some of their cats had coughing issues.

  6. Hi Elaine. Thanks for sharing. I think that “barn cat disease” is a colloquialism used in rural areas. A country veterinarian would be the best source of information on this. If you are able to contact your parents’ veterinarian, you could ask him or her to let you know specifically what disease “barn cat disease” refers to.

  7. raisingdaisy says:

    We’ve never had cats, but my cousin has 7 and my friend has 2, so I’m going to send them the URL to this post. Great info!

  8. Thanks, RaisingDaisy!

  9. Thank you for a very informative article.

  10. You’re welcome, Sweet Purrfections!

  11. Cascadian Nomads says:

    Thanks for this post Rachele. I have often suggested to people that they get their cat to the vet when it is coughing. People far too often use the hairball excuse for more serious issues that worsen when not treated. However, I have also felt pretty silly all stressed out at the vet when it gets diagnosed as a hairball. Yet I’d rather look back and laugh about those moments than feel sad I didn’t help a truly sick pet sooner.

  12. Thanks for sharing, Cascadian Nomads. I think that erring on the side of caution is a good idea, too.

  13. Good advice. Any good pet parent will pay attention to symptoms like coughing and make sure their pet gets the right medical attention.
    –Purrs (and wags)

  14. travelanimaldr says:

    This is a very informative article. I especially like the heartworm map. Red states beware, and stay clear by remembering those monthly preventatives!

  15. Thanks, TravelAnimalDr! And I agree that using a heartworm preventative is especially important in the areas where heartworm disease is prevalent.

  16. kittiesblue says:

    What excellent information. Some of these things I had never even heard about before your post. Thanks so much. Hugs, Janet

  17. thedogvine says:

    Although I don’t have a cat myself this is great information to know as I have many cat owner friends. Thank you!

  18. Robin says:

    Very informative! It is very easy to overlook something like a cough in cats. This offers some very good reasons to look a little deeper at it when your cat starts coughing.

  19. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent post. A cat’s cough always makes people think of hairballs, but it can be so many different things. I’m glad you mentioned heartworm disease – it can be fatal but is easy to prevent with a monthly tablet. April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, so very timely to include that. Sharing.

  20. Thanks, Cathy! And it is important to note that, in addition to oral heartworm preventatives, there are topical heartworm preventatives that are applied to the skin on the back of the neck. Topical heartworm preventatives may be easier to administer than oral tablets for some pet parents.

  21. Thank you, Ruckus the Eskie!

  22. Thanks for a great post. Our Max has an occasional cough which I think is feline asthma or allergy related. It happens rarely but often after I’ve opened the windows.