Cats may suffer illnesses that are similar to humans; just like asthma.

Asthmatic Cat

Yes, cats have asthma too.

Although the definition is still debatable, several researchers define feline asthma as an inflammation of the small passageways in the lungs, caused by inhalation of allergens or triggered by stress; thus, compromising the immune system, leading to mucus build-up.

If your cat shows any of the following symptoms, you should take your cat to the nearest animal clinic.

  • Wheezing
  • Rapid breathing or increased effort in breathing.
  • Persistent gagging or coughing.
  • Produces frothy mucus when coughing.
  • Keeps mouth open when breathing.
  • Your cat tries to extend its neck upwards and is gasping for breath.
  • Weak and lethargic
  • Obvious throat gurgling.
  • Having blue lips and gums

Since there is no specific cure for feline asthma, the vet will prescribe corticosteroids or bronchodilators. But, have you ever asked, what is the proper way to take care of an asthmatic cat?

If this is your first time keeping a cat with asthma, here are a few tips on how to make your asthmatic cat comfortable:

#1: Provide an allergen-free environment for your cat

Taking care of cats with asthma is somewhat of detective work – you have to identify what causes the asthma attacks. In most cases, similar to humans, cats may be allergic to the following:

  • Colognes or perfumes
  • Laundry detergent (scented)
  • Smoke from the cigarette.
  • Dust
  • Hairspray
  • Carpet freshener
  • Cat’s shampoo or cat grooming powder

If you have identified the allergens, you need to reduce or eliminate the consumption of the allergy-inducing material.

#2: Let your cat use a dust-free litter

Feline asthma may also be triggered by the cat’s litter. Some cats are allergic to the dust from the cat litter and or other allergy-inducing substances. Fortunately, there is a list of the best litter for cats with asthma that you can read at Obey My Cat’s website. So, switch from your old cat litter with a dust-free cat litter.

However, when switching your cat litter, you should keep in mind that cats do not like abrupt changes. So, do not switch the litter too quickly; start with incorporating a small amount of the old litter to the new. Then, little by little, if your cat shows no signs of being uncomfortable with the new litter, you may officially change the cat litter in your cat’s litter box.

#3: Keep your home clean

Like humans, to reduce asthma attacks, you have to keep your home clean from dust, danders, and other allergens that can trigger asthma attacks. Vacuum every day if necessary and keep all the air filters clean and functional.

Also, bath your cat using cat soap or shampoo that contains non-allergy-inducing substances. And always keep your cat’s sleeping bed clean.

Final Thoughts

Feline asthma can be fatal to cats too, similar to humans. So, to make your asthmatic cat live comfortably inside your home, provide an allergen-free and friendly environment for your cat.


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