Cat Sneezing and Coughing
Reader Question: Cat Asthma or Upper Respiratory Infection?
I have a 4 1/2 month old Ragdoll kitten that started sneezing when he arrived home, approximately 4 weeks ago. The sneezing was fairly wet but no nose discharge and his eyes remained clear. But lately coughing fits have taken the place of the sneezing. I took him to my vet and was told that it's most likely an Upper Respiratory Virus
. But after seeing a video of a cat with Asthma, I am concerned. When his coughing fits start, he hunches over and stretches out his neck, however, his mouth remains closed, so no open mouth breathing.
These attacks last for about a minute or less (seems longer to me) and then he is fine. He had no loss of appetite and other than the coughing attacks, seems fine. I have started him on NHV Respiratory Relief, but it's only been a week, and I am not sure how long it should take to see improvement. It is very hard to see him going through this. I am now at the point that I am wondering if I should get a second opinion or see if he gets past this. Any advice or opinions on this would be welcomed.
CarolVet Gives A Second Opinion Regarding a Cat’s Upper Respiratory Virus.
It would be unusual, although not impossible, for a 4 ½ month old cat to develop asthma
. Your cat’s age and history do fit very well with a respiratory infection. I am concerned, however, that you are now seeing some coughing. It is possible that the infection has moved from his upper respiratory tract
into his lungs.
If his condition does not improve after a week or so with his current treatment (or if it gets worse at any time), I’d recommend that you either bring him in for a recheck or get a second opinion. Chest x-rays and other diagnostic tests could help with figuring out exactly what is going on and how best to treat it.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM