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What is Coughing?

When it comes to coughing, there are various types that you should listen out for like whether it is dry or wet. Whether it has lasted over time as a chronic cough or has only suddenly occurred yet is causing your cat to have further complications, you may want to contact a professional to determine if there is some other underlying problem.

A cough is something that is common to other animals, but is rare in cats. When your cat does cough, there is either inflammation or irritants within their throat, airway, or lungs. It should not be confused with gagging; the sounds can be somewhat similar, but severe bouts of coughing can sometimes lead to retching. The cough itself though is not necessarily a disease or illness alone, but it may be the sign of one.

Symptoms of Coughing in Cats

Coughing is an involuntary reflex of the body. It's your cat's way of expelling whatever is irritating the lungs, airways, or throat. If your cat has a cough, they may exhibit some of the signs listed below:

  • Moist/wet with mucous
  • Dry and hacking
  • Retching/vomiting
  • Signs of infection/illness (e.g. fever, running nose/eyes)
  • Difficulty breathing

Causes of Coughing in Cats

There are several different ailments that can bring about a cough. The causes can range from mild to severe. A few of the causes are listed below:

  • Tracheal irritation/collapse (due by excitement, tugging at collar, or drinking water)
  • Fluid accumulation (blood, water, or pus in the airways or lungs)
  • Upper/lower respiratory tract disease (e.g. Feline Bordetella)
  • Asthma
  • Hairballs
  • Allergies
  • Parasitic worms (e.g. heartworm, lungworm, roundworm)
  • Chest/lung tumors
  • Cold/flu
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Nasopharyngeal polyps (benign growths from the mucous membranes in the nose)
  • Heart disease (rarely)

Diagnosis of Coughing in Cats

If your cat's cough is severe and an exact cause is undeterminable, your veterinarian may conduct an extensive workup to figure out the underlying problem. They will want a full medical history, which is where you can greatly assist in the diagnosis of the cough. You can keep track of whether there has been a change of environment for your cat, how often your cat has been coughing, whether or not it's dry or wet, and whether it occurs during specific hours of the day, such as at night. The vet will also take into consideration the indication of any other illnesses, and also your cat's age, as younger animals tend to develop coughs due to viral or bacterial infections.

Concerning tests, your vet may order a chest x-ray to examine the lungs for signs such as fluid or asthma. In the search for parasites, a stool sample will be taken. Further tests include blood work and a urinalysis. In order to check your cat's airways, your vet may utilize a bronchoscope or order transtracheal washing, which involves placing a tube down the windpipe to collect cells. To keep your cat calm, it may be sedated during the examination.

Treatment of Coughing in Cats

How your vet treats your cat's cough will be determined upon discovery of its cause.


If the tests have yielded positive for parasites, then your cat will be treated based on the particular worm. For heartworms, your vet may want to assist your cat's breathing through the use of bronchodilators, and in severe cases, administer medication to kill the worms. The medication, however, poses risks and should only be a last resort consideration. Lungworms and roundworms are more easily treated with simple parasitic medication.


Your vet may prescribe antibiotics in the event of infections. They are often given for at least two weeks or more, but even if your cat begins to show signs of improvement, it is recommended to carry on the treatment for as long as your vet prescribed, as symptoms may return otherwise.

Other Medications

In the case of asthma or allergies, anti-inflammatory drugs or antihistamines may be administered. Also, if the cough has lasted long enough to cause permanent damage to the mucous membrane, then your vet may want to give your cat supplements to repair it or even immune stimulants to help the body fight off any recurrent infections.

Recovery of Coughing in Cats

As coughing is rare in cats, it can be simple to get rid of it once the cause has been determined. If your cat has received treatment, you should still keep a watch in case the cough returns. For coughs caused by simple matters such as hairballs, then fixing your cat's diet should prevent any reoccurrences. As for asthma and allergies, try to keep an eye out in case any other symptoms develop or the coughs become worse. If possible, you may want to consider a change of environment.

In the more severe cases, following up with your veterinarian can only help prevent any worsening of your cat's position. For instance, in the case antibiotics have been prescribed, you should allow your vet to take a look at your cat to be certain the infection has been thoroughly treated.

Coughing Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Domestic shorthair
12 Years
Fair condition
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My 12 year old spayed female cat developed a very dry cough that occurs primarily at rest. There have been no changes in environment or food. She has no the symptoms. No fever, mucus etc. She is a bit overweight and last summer went through a really bad case of acute kidney disease where she lost almost half her body weight but she's gained it all back and he kidneys are doing fine. What could cause her to start coughing? She's been doing it for about 3-4 days and like I said before, no other symptoms or even behavior changes. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A cough may be caused by a few different causes which may include infection, inflammation, heart disease, allergies, chemical irritants, stray hairs among other causes; without examining Mischief and auscultating the chest I cannot say specifically what the cause is. You should monitor her for the time being, but visit your Veterinarian for a check up to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Wet Cough
Watery eyes

Medication Used


I just got a kitten about 3 days ago. She has a wet cough. She is a long hair breed, and we took her to the vet about three days ago when we got her to have her cough checked out and the vet took her temp which was normal so she said it’s nothing to worry about. She also got her first distemper shot that day, and she was dewormed. I took her temp again tonight and it is still normal (100.4). I just am worried because it sounds really wet almost like she has pneumonia. She doesn’t have any other symptoms really. Just a cough, and very mildly watery eyes. I notice her nose is chapped but she was a farm cat before we got her so she was outside and we live in a cold area. She has been eating and drinking as normal, and using the litter box consistently. I am just wondering if we need to take her back to the vet or if she maybe has a hairball or what is going on?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Bellatrix, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but a wet cough isn't normal in a kitten, and might be worth a recheck visit, or a second opinion. It is good that she is acting normally otherwise, but that cough should be addressed. I hope that all goes well for her.

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13 Years
Moderate condition
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Loss Of Consciousness
Loss of Appetite

My is for this cough sneeze he was eating and is eat but little i. Did have a bad cold could,he have a cold. Voming a little other then that he fine it started taday

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1044 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Our viruses are typically not contagious to animals. If Babie is not eating,vomiting, and sneezing, he should be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay, and to have any necessary treatment tht he might need.

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1 Year
Fair condition
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My cat starts to cough ab 1 week ago. After coughing, he doesn't show any type of uncomfortable or tired. It kinds of wet cough. And it usually in the early morning or before bed. He usually cough after he "bruh bruh" when petting. I want to take him to the vet but I'm very worried ab the cost because I'm still at college. Can you let me know about any potential illness and what should i do now? Also, would you mind let me know about the average cost of them?..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous causes for a cat to cough which may include infections, allergies, chemical irritants, foreign objects, laryngeal disorders among other causes; it is not possible to give an accurate figure on cost since price can vary from country to country, city to city and even Veterinarian to Veterinarian. If cost is a concern, you should check to see if there is a charity clinic in your area which may be able to check Spencer over in return for a donation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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