Is it normal for a kitten to cough?

It may be normal for some cats to cough occasionally. As long as the cat is maintaining good health and the cough is not productive (does not result in the production of phlegm or sputum), veterinary attention is not immediately indicated.

How can I help my coughing kitten?

When a thorough cleaning of your home isn’t enough, antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) can help alleviate coughing symptoms.

When should I worry about my kitten’s cough?

When to Worry About a Coughing Cat A cat that is coughing, even occasionally, for two weeks or more likely has a chronic medical issue that needs attention, even if he is not experiencing other symptoms of illness.

Why is my kitten coughing and gagging?

Many cats like to eat grass and sometimes the blade of grass can become lodged in the throat. This can cause a gagging, hacking cough. Most such foreign bodies will be difficult to see on radiographs. Persistent coughs might have to be evaluated by directly examining the airways using a bronchoscope.

Why is my cat dry coughing?

In cats, dry coughs are typically associated with conditions like asthma, inhaled foreign bodies, and cancer. These distinctions are not ironclad but can help point you and your veterinarian towards a possible diagnosis.

Is my cat coughing or retching?

Dry heaving (or retching) in cats can sound like a minor cough or a major episode of gagging and stomach contractions. In some cases, it may just be a simple case of a hairball or tickle in the throat or it could be a serious issue such as intestinal blockage or organ disease.

What are the symptoms of lungworm in cats?

Signs of lungworm infection range from moderate coughing with slightly increased breathing rates to severe, persistent coughing, labored breathing, and respiratory distress or failure. Infections with no visible signs can also occur.

What home remedy can I give my cat for a cough?

Coughing cats can also benefit from symptomatic and supportive care (fluid and oxygen therapy, for example). At home, treatments like regularly wiping away nasal discharge or loosening congestion by placing your cat in a steamy bathroom (if your veterinarian recommends doing so) may also be helpful.

Why does my cat keep dry retching?

Just like in people, our cats may duffer from an upset stomach for any number of reasons. There can be any number of causes for your cat’s dry heaving and vomiting, including parasites, viruses, a reaction to toxic substances or more serious underlying conditions like organ issues or cancer.