Miss Moo

Does anyone else have a wheezy cat?

Every once in a while, I'll have coughing fits that really scare Mom. She says it sounds like I'm "barking" and wheezing--ridiculous! I'm not a dog! She always takes my collar off right away to see if it helps, but my collar is never too tight so it doesn't really help me much. :(

My parents took me to the vet for this once before and were told that some cats just cough and sneeze more than others, but Mom and Dad are wondering if my cough is anything to worry about. Other than coughing every so often, I'm a healthy puss. :3

Asked by Miss Moo on Jun 8th 2012 in Health & Wellness
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Izadore (Izzie)

Yes! My Lizzie is a very wheezy cat. When I adopted her, I saw she'd been treated for an upper respiratory infection and I was afraid she'd gotten another one, but since then I've realized that she's just, as you said, "wheezy". She snores like a champ and sleeps under my bed so I always know where she is at night! However, if these coughing fits become more frequent or start to affect your behaviors such as eating and/or playing, I'd have mom take you back to the vet for further exams.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/8/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Mickey (Angel Dreamboat #22)

You may have feline asthma. Mickey had asthma. A previous vet blew off Mom's concerns. After switching vets, Mom found out he probably had asthma for a long time. Personally, I would get a second opinion.

Here's some youtube videos of cats having asthma attacks


Mickey (Angel Dreamboat #22) answered on 6/8/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I've had two cats who made a right racket when they breathed. The first snorted and snored - vet said it was rhinitis, and nothing to worry about. It wasn't - she was a fine healthy cat, if a bit noisy when she slept on my bed!

The other is our new cat Opus, who whistles when he breathes, but only when he's relaxed. A vet check found nothing wrong - vet thinks he likely has thick lining of his palate, which restricts his breathing a little when he is relaxed.

You're doing the right thing by taking yours to the vet - no harm in getting things checked out for peace of mind.




Member 1075647 answered on 6/8/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


No, I didn't have the wheezy cats.


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