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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat developed a sharp cough. She brings up a small amount

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My young cat developed a sharp cough. She brings up a small amount of clear liquid. She does not have a fever and she is eating and drinking. Do you know what is wrong?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Michael, the two most common causes of coughing in young cats are a tracheitis/laryngitis caused by the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) or the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica ("kennel cough of cats") and feline asthma. FHV-1 and kennel cough are expected to arise quickly and then remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks. Asthma, however, usually has a protracted history of episodic coughing and can be treated with a systemic glucocorticosteroid such as prednisolone +/- a bronchodilator such as albuterol or terbutaline.

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