How to Spot and Treat Feline Asthma

Felines tend to have certain physical ailments that humans can also suffer from. Spotting and treating Asthma in felines is quite similar to spotting and treating asthma in humans.


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    Know what feline asthma is.
    • Feline Asthma is is chronic swelling and irritation of a feline's lungs. It is very similar to human Asthma, which means the same thing, but for humans. When Asthma for cats flare up, the cat's lungs swell and constrict, making breathing a pain for the cat. Unlike asthma in humans, cats don't normally know how to deal with this themselves, and so this can actually be fatal in cats, and should be treated as soon as possible.
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    Monitor your cat, if your cat shows any of these symptoms, it could possibly have asthma.
    • Persistent coughing or wheezing
    • Lethargy
    • Persistent gagging
    • Open-Mouth breathing
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    Understand that your pet doesn't have to be born with Asthma. Cats tend to develop asthma in the years between 1 and 8, so pay closer attention to your cat in these years if you feel as if it is at risk for asthma. Of course you can't spend every waking moment observing your cat in these years, but, if you suspect your cat is at risk of asthma, it is most likely to crop up in these years.
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    If you suspect your cat to have Feline Asthma, take it to a veterinarian. Do not self diagnose if you do not have credentials to diagnose, as you may end up diagnosing wrong, and, by extension, treating it incorrectly.
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    Get your pet a thorough exam. After your cat is diagnosed, your veterinarian should perform an examination and help you treat it.
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    To supplement your veterinarian's recommendation, you can attempt the following to supplement whatever your veterinarian recommends.
    • Do not smoke anything around your cat, even if it doesn't have asthma. Smoking around a cat with asthma could be fatal.
    • Play with your cat often to give it constant exercise, this will strengthen it's lungs.
    • Do not over-feed your cat, excess weight can make your cat's asthma worse.
    • Scented litter is a no-no for cats with asthma.
    • And scented home improvement options, such as perfume, air fresheners, and hairspray are no-no's for cats with asthma.
    • Use a non-scented air purifier to aid with clearing pollen out of your property.
    • Reduce stress in your cat's environment.

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