Hi again, Terry and thanks for your helpful reply.
The cough could be due to inhaling stale air and fumes from any chemicals/toxins inside the garage if she was in there for a while, and of course, chewing on dog food scraps could have scratched her throat or esophagus, causing the cough. If she was wandering outside for a while, she was exposed to the elements and could have developed bronchitis, pneumonia or even asthma. Discuss with your vet if it would be a good idea for her to have a chest x-ray at this time to determine the cause of the cough; as it is of concern. Coughing in an older cat may also indicate heartworm disease or another cardiac or respiratory issue.
I'm very glad to hear that her nose has cleared up and her appetite is good. She needs to put back on the weight she lost!
She's a trouper!! At her age, she went through a lot and it sounds like the antibiotics are helping and all the food, water, and TLC is, too.
I do feel a a chest x-ray is a good next step to see what's happening to cause the cough. She might have developed internal parasites as well, which could be related.
I hope Sister Kitty will be fine, once the cause of the cough is diagnosed and treated. For the moment, you can run a humidfier in the rooms she spends the most time in and the moisturized air will help with any congestion.
If you're able, please keep me updated about Sister Kitty as I am concerned for her.
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