You spend hours with them every day. They’re adorable, cuddly, funny, soft. At times they can be infuriating, but you love them anyway.
Though it is known that pets can also suffer from asthma, here we are concentrating on Feline Asthma which affects Cats.
Feline Asthma is similar to human asthma. It is a chronic inflammation of the small passageways of a cat’s lungs. Feline asthma is a common disease, with around one in 200 cats suffering from the condition, which causes a cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath. When an asthma attack occurs, these passageways thicken and constrict, making it, very difficult for the cat to breathe.
Pedigree oriental breeds like Siamese cats are more prone to the disease, and the disease is worsened by household irritants. Factors such as smoking, dusty houses, and human dandruff can inflame a cat’s airway and worsen its asthma.
Symptoms of Feline Asthma:
- Difficulty breathing or open-mouthed breathing
- Poor appetite
- Blue lips and gums
- Gagging up foamy mucus
- Laboured breathing after exertion
Cats with feline asthma syndrome can be made worse by living in a household where people smoke, or where there are other potential allergens or irritants. The links between bacterial Mycoplasma infection and a worsening of asthmatic symptoms. Research in the United States and Australia has shown this bacterium is present in a fifth of all lung fluid samples from asthmatic cats.
Humans usually blame Cats for causing allergies and breathing problems amongst people, but human lifestyles are potentially triggering asthma attacks in cats.
- Reduce stress in your pet’s environment
- Do not use perfumes, room fresheners,
- Do not use perfumes, room fresheners, hair sprays etc. around your cat
- Avoid using fine cat litters that create dust
- Keep their weight down
- Do not smoke indoors or around your cat
While cats don’t actually cause you have asthma, they just carry matter that can trigger the allergic response that can eventually. In allergic asthma, a sufferer has a response to a specific allergen, like pet dander, that causes the airways to swell.
Research has found that Children who live with cats can develop an immune response which prevents them developing asthma.
Many people give up their cats or feel they can’t have a cat because of their asthma or their children’s asthma. Rather than abandoning your cat better treat them with the medication prescribed or seek veterinary treatment as quickly as possible.