Feline Asthma

Asthma is a respiratory problem that is recurring and is caused when the airways of the lungs are constricted. The excess of mucus will develop, the walls of the airways will begin to swell, and it is able to ulcerate. When this happens the muscles in the airways will spasm – which causes the constriction to occur.

When this happens the cat will not be able to draw breath like normal. This can cause wheezing and make it almost impossible for them to do anything with a lot of exercise or physical activity. Feline asthma could be a cause of an allergy and it might occur at any time or for any reason.

Treatment

If you believe that your cat may have asthma then you should make an appointment with your veterinarian and have them examined. They will be able to run some tests and x-rays to get a better look and determine if it is asthma or another condition or disease. Once they have determine that it is asthma and how severe it is they will be able to determine the best course of treatment.

When your cat is having an asthma attach it is because the airways are constricted due to inflammation. Because of this it is important to give them something that will help to reduce the inflammation. There are different types of corticosteroid medications which can relieve this problem. They come orally or as an injection. These are usually very affordable and the best course of treatment.

There are certain side effects that are able to affect your cat due to the corticosteroid medications. The most common is caused by the injection – which can cause diabetes mellitus. However, it is the easiest way to treat any cat that has a problem trying to take the oral pill. It is also a treatment that is longer lasting and not needed as often.