How long can it take a cat to get their normal voice back after having laryngitis?

My two-year-old spayed female DSH had a head cold in early March and totally lost her voice. The vet said it would come back on its own. She got over all the cold symptoms except the laryngitis within a week.

Her voice has come back to a degree but her meows are very squeaky. Sometimes she sounds more like her old self than others, sometimes she loses her voice completely again for a day. She is a VERY vocal kitty so maybe she keeps straining her voice and thus is taking longer to recover than a human with laryngitis might?

I don't want to bother my vet unnecessarily but am wondering:
(A) if anyone has had a similar experience with their cat to share
(B) if there are any good home remedies
(C) if this sounds important enough for another vet visit or if it's likely to resolve on its own?

Asked by Member 982966 on Apr 22nd 2010 Tagged laryngitis, upperrespiratory, cold, voice in Health & Wellness
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Izadore (Izzie)

Vet's don't really know why a cat will lose it's voice, but the most common cause is a respiratory infection. If she's eating and drinking and otherwise behaving normally, she will probably be OK. However, if this persits for a few weeks longer, I would definitely at least call your vet. There can be other causes for laryngitis including feline leukemia, tumors, and FIV. Your vet may have to sedate her and perform a thorough exam.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer