cat in grass

Feline asthma,

sometimes referred to as allergic bronchitis, is very similar to the asthma we humans get. For some cats, this can be a chronic problem, while for others it can be seasonal or can come and go inexplicably. In some instances, once a cat’s airway is restricted, your cat’s ability to breath can become life-threatening in just minutes.

Some common triggers of feline asthma are:

Grass and pollen
Feline heartworm disease
Cat litter (clay, pine, cedar, etc.)
Food, household cleaners, and sprays
Smoke (cigarettes, fireplaces, candles, etc.)
Dust, dust mites, mold
Perfumes and cosmetics

Signs your cat might be having an asthma attack include:

Coughing/Hacking
Wheezing
Rapid, shallow breathing
Frequent swallowing
Gurgling throat
Open-mouth breathing
Taking quick breaths
Increased pulse
Runny eyes

If you suspect your pet has asthma, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. They will conduct a physical examination and review your cat’s history. They may recommend tests to help identify why your cat is showing signs of asthma, and to see if asthma is really the underlying cause.