Feline Asthma. It is estimated that over 800,000 domestic cats suffer from feline asthma – is your cat one of these statistics? Asthma is a respiratory disorder that can range from mild to severe in the cat population. Could your cat be suffering from symptoms of feline asthma without you recognizing the disorder?
A chronic respiratory disease, the most common symptom of feline asthma is wheezing, or difficulty breathing. Allergies and stress are two potential triggers for wheezing episodes. Pollen, mold, and dust particles are often the most common allergen triggers found outdoors while perfumes, tobacco smoke, and dust from litter boxes and cleaning products contribute from within the home.
Signs and symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing similar to that which typically produces a hair-ball, only no hair-ball is expelled;
- Shortness of breath;
- Changes in breathing patterns – breathing may be rapid or slow, but occurs with difficulty;
- Open mouth breathing.
If you believe that your cat may be suffering from Asthma, seek the advice of your veterinarian. Asthma is a disorder which can be treated successfully with many cats living a normal life span; however, one severe asthma attack in your pet can end his life if not treated promptly.
Stay tuned .. tomorrow we will be discussing feline asthma treatments and long-term management of this condition.