Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and lower airways.
The airways become thick and mucus production increases, which constricts the airways. This makes it difficult for the cat to breathe.
Asthma sometimes develops spontaneously, for no known reason. Other times, it is an allergic reaction from inhaled irritants (cigarette smoke, dust, perfume etc.).
Asthma can turn into a respiratory crisis. Sudden breathing difficulty due to narrowing of the airway can be life threatening. If you notice any of the above signs, call your veterinarian immediately.
Your veterinarian will perform the following tests:
Most veterinarians will recommend the following treatments for cats with asthma:
Cats with asthma usually need lifelong medical treatment. Your veterinarian will probably to reduce doses gradually.
As asthma is a chronic condition, complete control may not be possible, but with the proper treatment, your cat can enjoy a good quality of life.
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