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Coughing in Cats

Verlota Author
Published: April 24, 2019
Categories: Cat Ailments | Pet

HAIRBALL! Okay, that’s not the only cause, but it’s one of the most common and stereotypical causes of a coughing cat.


There is nothing pleasant about watching any cat cough, hack and yack away in front of you. It’s actually quite disturbing when you think about it. So what is the cause of this often violent looking attack? There are actually several causes for the disturbing performance; some are serious and some, not really. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes.

Coughing is a protective reflex that clears the respiratory tract of mucus, irritants and foreign particles. Coughing in cats is caused by irritation or inflammation in the bronchi or trachea. By no means is coughing a disease, however it could be a sign of a much more serious underlying health problem.

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What Causes Cats to Cough?

Coughing could be associated with a number of possible conditions, some more serious than others. Here are a few of the more common causes:

  • Infectious agents in the air
  • Cardiac disease
  • Parasites
  • Allergic reaction
  • Asthma
  • The famous Hairball
  • Bronchial disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

What Causes Cats To Cough?

Coughing alone may not be cause for alarm. You may have a bigger problem on your hands if you notice more coughing than normal combined with any of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Weezing
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Difficulty breathing


You should consult your veterinarian immediately if you notice a combination of these symptoms so they can determine the exact cause.

Diagnosing Feline Cough 

It is a good idea to film your cat having a coughing fit if possible. Not only could it potentially be a great viral video on social media, but it will assist your veterinarian in determining the cause.

Veterinarians will usually perform a complete physical examination to help narrow down what may be causing the coughing episodes and you can help by providing some information as well. Be sure to let your vet know:

  • Your cats complete medical history
  • How long symptoms have been present?
  • When the coughing usually occurs (time of day or after physical activity)
  • Is it a wet or dry cough?
  • How is the cat between coughing episodes?
  • Any other symptoms you have noticed?
  • Does the cat go outside?


Treatment for Coughing in Cats

Unfortunately, there is no simple cough syrup that can just cure your cats coughing. The proper treatment will depend on the cause of the coughing. If it is simply a hairball it may pass without any treatment at all, or by simply adding more bran and liquid to your cat’s diet.

If allergies are to blame, identifying and removing the triggers will help and you could also ask your vet about allergy shots. Vets may recommend medication if the cause is parasitic or even more serious, like heart disease. Asthma and bronchitis can be treated with steroids to help reduce inflammation and open up the airways. Remember to only give your cat medications that have been prescribed by your veterinarian or you could make things worse.

Why CBD Can be an Effective Treatment & Preventative For Your Cat’s Cough

CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be very effective at supporting your cat’s immune system. 

Why CBD Can be an Effective Treatment & Preventative For Your Cat's Cough

Cannabidiol (CBD) can be very beneficial for maintaining your cat’s immune system, cardiovascular system and overall vitality.  CBD helps to lessen the effects of lethargy, gastrointestinal issues and reduces anxiety, aggression and stress-related disorders.

Think of CBD as a supplement that can reduce the severity and frequency of most – if not all – of your cat’s cold & flu symptoms.

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid that has been shown to have a prominent effect on numerous ailments – including epilepsy, arthritis and cancer.  Remedies containing CBD achieve this by interacting with your cat’s endocannabinoid system. Almost all animals, like people, have an endocannabinoid system; this network of neurotransmitters is integral to physiological processes like memory, mood, pain, stress and appetite.

Felines have a high concentration of CB1 & CB2 receptors in their brainstem. CB1 receptors affect the brain, lungs, vascular system and muscles, gastrointestinal function; whereas, CB2 receptors are linked to bones, skin spleen and glial cells.  In combination, CB1-CB2 collaborate in influencing the overall immune system, liver, kidneys, bone marrow, pancreas and brainstem.

CBD can help your pet by producing anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects indirectly – that is, CBD interacts with your cat’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) opposite to THC which directly binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors of the body.  This does two things: makes the positive remedial properties more bioavailable to your pet; and lessens or negates the psychoactive effects, such as those associated with THC ingestion.

As you can see by the scope of ailments that are affected by CBD, it is clear how introducing CBD into your cat’s routine can benefit their vitality.

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