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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H.
I understand you have a cat with excessive coughing to clear the throat area. Have you seen the vet yet for this and didn't get a diagnosis or are you looking for possibilities of what this could be before seeking treatment?
Also does your pet go outside or inside only?
No I would not think that drinking water would cause these symtpoms as this should go down the esophagus, it sounds like the trachea is the issue.
Also dry air would cause rhinitis type symptoms like sneezing and dry nose.
Do you have any other pets in the home that go in and out that would potentially bring in parasites? (there is one parasite that causes coughing in cats and is easily treated for, typically can show signs on an x-ray).
Oh ok kind of like a wheeze?
I would suspect that your cat may have asthma. This typically causes wheezing and coughing in cats and is pretty common. Asthma is typically diagnosed by doing a chest x-ray on kitty.
Either way if the coughing has not resolved itself for this long further testing like an x-ray would need to be done anyway.
Yes some cats have asthma as an allergic reaction to normal things in the environment. They have sensitive airway and require special treatment to keep the lung airways from getting inflamed. This inflammation commonly causes excessive mucous build-up in the chest and this leads to impaired oxygen exchange and consequently coughing.
- Dr. H
Yes it sure can.
This is my # ***** suspicion is asthma.
Oh no its ok, the site has been acting funny as of late. - Dr .H
Yes that can help, but often-times pets with asthma need steroids (to combat the inflammation) and an inhaler to provide aerosolized anti-inflammatory's to the lungs.
The purifiers can help decrease relapses however, so still a good idea to do.
But first we have to confirm a diagnosis with an x-ray.
Yes I can understand. Cats are typically very independent, but sometimes they do need our help a little. : )
You are very welcome for the advice.
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