Cats and Bronchial Asthma

Asthma can attack a cat just as though it would a human. Asthma is known as a lung condition which causes airway obstruction due to instant narrowing of the bronchial tubes.

When associated with cats this may also be called or referred to as several different things including “Feline Allergic Asthma”, “Feline Eosinophilic Bronchitis”, Feline Allergic Bronchitis”, or “Feline Lower Airway Disease”.

Normally symptoms will include coughing and/or wheezing, and difficulty breathing. They are caused by by spasmodic constriction from the bronchial tubes and increases the secretions that come from the bronchial tree.

The underlying cause of asthma in cats are still unknown but should be treated immediately. Asthma can affect cats of all ages so symptoms can arise at an early or later age. Some felines may only be sensitive in certain environments while others have year long asthma.

Things you will want to watch for in your cat include difficulty breathing, coughing, noisy or rapid breathing, abnormal posture, inactive, weight loss, or overall just not acting playful. If you suspect that something is not right with your cat you will want to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian right away.

You cat may need to be hospitalized and treat with a bronchodilator drug and chronic therapy. You should try to maintain a stress free environment for your cat.