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How old is the cat? How long has this problem been going on for?
Thank you. Has there been any sign of loss of appetite, weight loss, or signs of not sleeping well / being uncomfortable at night?
OK, thanks for the additional information. It seems likely to me that this may be a case of Feline Bronchopulmonary Disease, formerly known as Feline Asthma. This is a somewhat common condition in cats, and it is typically triggered by allergens in the environment of the home or around the home. A physical examination by a veterinarian, plus chest x-rays, and a complete blood count (CBC) are the usual steps taken in such a case. Treatment usually includes some type of steroids, whether by pill, injection, or inhaler, but other medicines may also be recommended, such as a broad spectrum dewormer to rule out lungworms. Additionally, HEPA air filtration in the home may be useful, as well as eliminating obvious triggers such as cigarette smoke, if applicable.