A black and white cat without asthma on a wood floor.

Is your cat hacking up a hairball or having an asthma attack? Asthma is a disease often caused by allergens. As in humans, when a cat inhales an allergen, the immune system responds to fight the allergen. This often results in inflammation and swelling that can affect your cat’s airways.

Common allergens are:

  • Aerosol sprays
  • Cleaning products
  • Dust mites
  • Kitty litter
  • Pollen 
  • Mold and mildew
  • Smoke
  • Some foods

Your cat hacks or coughs because it’s harder for them to breathe, not from a hairball. You might also hear wheezing, and your cat might even vomit. Signs your cat is having an asthma attack are:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Open mouth breathing
  • Wheezing

How Serious Is Asthma for My Cat?

Asthma attacks can be infrequent. If your cat has seasonal allergies to pollen, then spring or fall may bring on symptoms; however, the more frequent the attacks, the more serious the disease. If your cat’s symptoms seem to be worsening, call us at (512) 892‑3486 to schedule a wellness check and asthma evaluation. If your cat’s nose or lips have turned blue, take your pet immediately to the nearest emergency veterinarian. 

Diagnosing Asthma in Your Cat

You can expect the following from your cat’s wellness exam:

  • Thorough examination
  • Bloodwork
  • X-Rays
  • Fecal exam

These tests will help rule out any other conditions or parasites that may be causing your pet’s symptoms. 

Is There Treatment for Feline Asthma?

Asthma is not curable, but it is treatable. Asthma treatment for cats is the same as it is for humans. A corticosteroid drug, which will reduce bronchial inflammation, is combined with a bronchodilator to open airways. This is the standard treatment prescribed to control asthma. The drug may be prescribed in pill form, by injection, or as an inhaler.

At Brodie Animal Hospital, we care for the well-being of pets and want them to live happy, healthy lives. Schedule an appointment if you see signs of asthma or any other symptoms that need attention.