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What are Laryngitis?

When vets explain laryngitis to cat owners, they tell them that the cat’s larynx or voice box has become inflamed as the result of illness, irritation, a blockage in the throat, or a sudden paralysis of the nerve controlling the laryngeal folds.

Laryngitis in cats may be one symptom of several illnesses such as calicivirus or infectious rhinotracheitis. When a cat develops laryngitis, it loses its meow for a few days. Pet owners may notice other symptoms, such as a cough, bad breath, or discharge coming from the cat’s eyes and nose. Even though the cat may try to hide signs of illness, it won’t be possible for very long. The cough can become painful. The cat’s owner may notice the loss of voice almost immediately, especially if the cat is normally communicative. 

Symptoms of Laryngitis in Cats

Symptoms of laryngitis in a cat may make themselves evident fairly quickly, especially if the cat has developed an upper respiratory infection (URI). These symptoms may include:

  • Dry, harsh cough that becomes moist and painful
  • Lowered head while standing
  • Open mouth
  • Vocal changes
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • High-pitched breathing and obvious efforts to inhale
  • Noisy breathing
  • Bad breath

If the laryngitis is the result of a URI, the pet owner may also notice:

  • Watery eyes with discharge
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Loss of appetite

Causes of Laryngitis in Cats

The causes of laryngitis in cats can range widely from a simple URI or irritant all the way up to an obstruction in the larynx or even a growth that affects the movements of the vocal cords. This condition is vague enough that it can be difficult for vets to determine the exact cause of the cat’s lost voice:

  • URI (upper respiratory infection, calicivirus or infectious rhinotracheitis)
  • Inhaled irritant, such as smoke or dust
  • Obstruction in the larynx
  • Object lodged in the throat
  • Paralysis of laryngeal nerve
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Growth in the throat (benign, cancerous, or eosinophilic granuloma complex)
  • Throat cancer

Sometimes, cats lose their meows for unknown reasons. Here, pet owners need to watch their cats for other, more troubling symptoms. If the underlying cause is mild, the cat should have its voice back within a few days.

Diagnosis of Laryngitis in Cats

When a cat comes into the vet’s office with laryngitis, the vet performs a head-to-tail physical on the cat. A significant part of the exam includes an endoscopic examination of the larynx, which means the cat will need to be anesthetized. During this part of the exam, the vet will attempt to insert an endotracheal tube down the cat’s throat to see if there’s an obstruction or mass that makes meowing difficult. 

If the vet does find an obstruction, they will take X-rays to see if they can find the mass. A swallowed object that has lodged itself near the vocal cords can also be spotted with an X-ray. 

Treatment of Laryngitis in Cats

Once the vet has diagnosed laryngitis, as well as its cause, they will begin treating the cat’s symptoms. For a buildup of fluid in the larynx, the cat will take a diuretic medication. This can also help with any fluid buildup in the lungs, if this has contributed to the cat’s laryngitis.

When a cat has a sore throat along with laryngitis, it’s hard to swallow, much less  eat or drink. A mild pain medication can help the cat to swallow more easily, which means it will be able to eat and make a faster return to good health.

Foreign bodies stuck in the cat’s throat are removed, which allows the larynx to return to normal. When this happens, the cat will soon begin to meow audibly again.

Other obstructions, such as a significant swelling, tumor, or eosinophilic granuloma complex can be treated, leading to eventual recovery and a return of the cat’s voice.

When an eosinophilic granuloma forms, the cat’s immune system releases substances that should fight an invasion of parasites. These substances induce an allergic response, such as swelling and inflammation of the cat’s throat. A course of steroids allows the granuloma to disappear, unless it has become infected. In that case, the cat also needs antibiotic medication.

At home, the cat’s owner can increase the humidity inside with a humidifier, running hot water in a closed bathroom and keeping the house warm (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.). Cleaning the cat’s nose with a soft, damp washcloth helps it to breathe more easily.

Veterinarians may recommend diet changes or adding supplements to the cat’s food to strengthen its immune system and help fight viral illness. 

Recovery of Laryngitis in Cats

Once the cause of the cat’s laryngitis has been identified, prescribed treatments and simple at-home care should allow it to return to full health. If the cat had a URI, once the symptoms have resolved, the cat should have a good recovery. 

If the cat has an obstruction caused by a tumor or eosinophilic granuloma complex, this needs to be treated immediately. A tumor can be cancerous and, if caught early, the cat should have a good prognosis. 

If the larynx is severely obstructed, immediate treatment is necessary so that the cat has a chance of recovery. If the cause of the obstruction isn’t detected and removed immediately, the cat may not recover.

Laryngitis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Gracie
Domestic long hair
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of weight

Can worms in a cat affect the voice? I noticed my cats meow was sounding different, like she was hoarse. I then found vomit with what appeared to have spaghetti like worms in it. Since I didn't see which of my cats actually had thrown up I am assuming it was her. She's also started attacking the others, I looked up roundworms which appears to be what she has but didn't know if this was related to her voice,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst a change in voice isn’t normally a symptom of an infestation of worms, it is possible that their presence may cause more meowing which may lead to strain or may cause weakness which may affect the meow. You should worm all your cats with an effective anthelmintic and repeat according to the interval on the product used. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Obi
Domestic Shorthair - Calico
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Congestion
Loud Breathing
Lost meow
mucus

Obi was recently seen by an ophthalmologist for a strange glare in her eye. The diagnosis was a scar from when she was weeks old due to her now “inactive” herpesvirus.

Yesterday she was fine in the morning. I went out, ran some errands and came home. When I finally settled down and was messing around on the computer I started to hear her breathing. She all of a sudden has come down with the worlds worst congestion I’ve heard in a cat ever. Sometimes she was mouth breathing even. Sometimes she chokes on the mucus and begins to cough, then goes about her life, as cats do. I should mention there is NO discharge from her eyes, and NO discharge from her nose. She is eating here and there. Sometimes she is hungry, sometimes she is not. She is acting normal, running around, using the litter box normally, drinking plenty of water. I checked her temperature and it was 100.2 last night. The humidifier in my room seemed to help last night as wel.

This morning she seemed better. The loud breathing wasn’t so persistent. I thought perhaps it was just allergies. Until she meowed for dinner. Her meow is basically gone. She sounds like a sick child who has lost her voice :( so now I am assuming she had an upper respitory infection caused by the herpesvirus that is not so much inactive as we so thought. I do have 3 other cats and none are showing any symptoms at all. 2 do not have the herpesvirus, and the other one, from Obi’s same litter, does have herpesvirus, but alas, none are showing any symptoms such as Obi.

If this is what I am assuming it to be, what is the normal course of action for treating this kind of thing since it is caused by the herpesvirus? I have never had a cat that had the herpesvirus so this is new territory for me. And I have over 20 years of experience... so I guess I lucked out for over 20 years!

Would it be simply antibiotics? Or is there more to the story because of the herpesvirus?

Thanks ahead of time!!

* I’ve contacted my vet I am waiting on a call back from him

* These symptoms have been going on for 1.5 days

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Most cats have been exposed to herpesvirus as kittens, and it can stay dormant in some cats, or cause problems in some, similar to a cold sore in a person, although we can't spread herpesvirus between species - each species has its' own. Sometimes the virus will allow a secondary bacterial infection to start, and in those situations, antibiotics can be helpful. If Obi is not continuing to improve of the next day or two, it would be best to have her seen, and possibly get medications to help her.

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Jay
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

Revolution

My cat is acting perfectly fine. He’s happy eating everything is normal except he can’t meow and he’s very vocal. My roommates say they here him meowing all through out the day. Could he just be over using his voice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Excessive vocalisation is a common cause for a loss of meow, but other causes including infection (excessive vocalisation may lead to strain and infections), foreign objects, enlarged thyroid among other causes may lead to a change in meow. If this continues you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether any treatment is necessary and to rule out more serious conditions like an enlarged thyroid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loomina
I don't know
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Voice loss
Third eyelid
Sneezing

My cat meow was getting weaker in the past two days and today she Lost her voice completely , she also sneezes at least 6 times a day and have a diarrhea what can I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Loomina may have an infection which is causing these symptoms, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm whether or not there is an infection and to receive treatment. Without examining Loomina I cannot diagnose the specific issue or prescribe any antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kim& Kourtney
tabby
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I just rescued 2 kittens that are about 4 months old from my local animal shelter, they are sisters so I had no choice but to get them both. They didn't given me much info about them when I adopted them. After 1 night in my house, one of the girls started sneezing and having congestion in her nose and eyes. 2 days later the other sister has the same. Today both have lost their voice and are miserable and won't eat much. I can't afford the vet for both of them and I just have no idea what to do. These girls are already like family to us.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that something in your home (it is a new environment) is causing some irritation to their respiratory tract (especially if you smoke); other issues may be cleaning products among other things. You should try giving some cetirizine at 5mg per day to each sister to see if there is any improvement, however if they have picked up an infection a visit to your Veterinarian and a course of antibiotics would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dave
Tabbi cat
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urine smells foul
Keeps mouth open often
raspy voice
Urinating Outside Litterbox

Our house cat has been escaping outdoors on a regular basis. He came home the morning after a rain storm. He lost his voice for about 2 weeks, was sneezing, urinates in laundry and moving boxes. He now has his voice but its raspy, still pees in laundry with a heavier urine odor and constantly holds his mouth open in a weird way. His appetite is normal, doesnt sneeze anymore and his eyes and nose aren't runny or have never been since this happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A laryngeal infection is likely if the voice is raspy and he his keeping the mouth open to breathe; the urination habits are concerning and not usually a part of laryngitis. You should have your Veterinarian check him over to be on the safe side to ensure that there isn’t anything else more serious (hormonal conditions) going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gatoulis
Greek
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weak voice

Hello, my cat is almost 2 years old and it is an outdoor cat. He comes home only for food and sometimes for sleep.It's been about 2-3 months that his voice has changed. He had a very loud and clear voice but now he has a weak voice. He has no other problems. He eats as usual, sleeps as usual and he is as playful as he has always been. So, my question is, could this change of his voice mean that there is something that we should look at?
Thank you very much for your time and the great help you provide !

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A change in Gatoulis's voice may mean he has an infection, or something going on with his mouth, throat or respiratory tract. It may mean that he is more vocal than usual when he is outside and is hoarse. Since it has been going on for a few months, it might be a good idea to have him examined to make sure that nothing more serious is going on with his throat.

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Ginger
Short hair domestic
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hoarse

My cat is suddenly hoarse for about a week. She got locked in the closet for a few hours and when she cane out she had no voice She is not vomiting and is fine otherwise. No symptoms like I read here

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If she was locked in the closet and crying for any length of time,she may be hoarse from that event. Without seeing her, I can't comment on whether she is okay - it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian and make sure that there isn't anything abnormal going on.

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Oscar
Tabby
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

laryngitis

my 12 year old male cat who is VERY talkative has developed a "raspy" voice. He acts no different other the change in his voice quality. Eating, drinking, running, playing with the other cats in the house. All are in-door cats 100% of the time. How long should I watch the change before bringing him to m vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A raspy voice may be indicative of many different causes including infection, small foreign bodies, narrowing of the airways, laryngeal paralysis, allergies and other causes. With a change in voice, it would be best to have Oscar checked to ensure that the cause isn’t the start of something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Am taking care of a feral cat (female) that I've had fixed and given shots. She's not to the point of my touching her; has had laryngitis for a couple of days, and didn't eat as much yesterday. No other signs like runny eyes or nose. Should I give her a small amount of aspirin in her food? How much? Don't know how much she weighs, but is very small.

My cat Hazel is less than two years old and she can't meow. I'm trying to figure out how and see if I can help her, get her meow back. She did have a upper respiratory infection which she had antibiotics to treat.

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Leo
moggy
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Slight Lethargy
Lost meow
Hoarse

Medication Used

none

My male cat, Leo has lost his Meow for the past couple of days. We took him to the vet for an examination and a blood test but everything came back fine. He's not coughing, gagging, vomiting or anything like that. No runny nose or sneezing either. He hasn't lost his appetite and is still rather active. Any advice because I'm stumped. The vet has offered further medical tests like an abdominal scan to try and find the cause. Before I agree, I was hoping to see if there was anything else that it could be affecting him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of voice or change in meow may be caused by a few different causes which may include respiratory tract infection, trauma to the throat, enlarged thyroid (pushes in the larynx) among other causes; without examining Leo I wouldn’t know where to being with further testing as there is no obvious direction in the diagnostic process. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kumbaya
dsh
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lost appetite
bad breath
raspy voice

I have few cats having the abovementioned symptoms. They kept themselves away from me, have bad breath, not eating and drinking much, and have raspy to no voice. Is there any home remedies or first-aid that could be given to the cats before we brings them to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining your cats, I don't have enough information to know what might be going on with them. Since it sounds like it is affecting more than one of your cats, it would be best to have at them seen by a veterinarian to examine them and figure out what is going on with them and how to treat them. I hope that they all are okay!

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Sebastian
domestic short hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Laryngitis, gagging

My 5 year old male Sebastian has been gagging for the past 2 days and now although not gagging he has completely lost his voice. Took him to the vet and they ran blood tests and full GI x-rays with barium contrast. Found nothing except a little constipation. He's well hydrated no temp. Gave him antibiotics as a precautionary. He still has no voice. He is eating and drinking and normal bowel and urine.
What could this be? I miss his voice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about his history and lifestyle, I have a hard time shedding any light on what might be happening with him. The antibiotics seem a good idea in case he does have any bacterial condition going on in his throat. If they didn't' see any growths or anything to be concerned about on his x-ray, that is heartening. The next step might be an ultrasound to identify anything abnormal going on with the structures of his throat that might not have showed up on xray. It seems he is healthy otherwise, so this may be a short term problem, but if not, the ultrasound may be worthwhile. I hope that everything goes well with him!

His medical history is a urethane blockage and once an URI. His lungs are clear and no blockage. Lifestyle is indoor only and prescribed food to keep urinary crystals from forming. Eats mostly dry food that we add water to and a little wet food at night. He drinks water mostly from the sink.

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Vixen
Medium hair calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Less energy
Raspy
Cold

My cat Vixen is eating and drinking as usual but has had a raspier meow the last few days and a few moments of light gagging like motions with her mouth she seems a little tired I took her out for a short walk on a leash the other day and am wondering if this could be related and could be something that will go away on its own. What should I look for to know if it is time to bring her to the vet? She is a difficult cat who doesn’t like being manipulated which is why I don’t want to bring her unless needed. She seems a bit colder than usual too. I have 3 cats and she’s always been the most susceptible to having an irritated eye leaking for example, my vet had suspected herpes.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a cat Vixen’s age, laryngitis is the most likely cause and may be caused by an infection; typically we may place a cat on a course of antibiotics and or anti inflammatories to see if there is any improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian regardless as other conditions like thyroid issues among others may also cause a change in meow and activity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Egyptian Mau
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Coughing
Sneezing
Gagging
Losing voice
Labored breathing

Kitty’s voice is very faint, sounds like something is in his throat. I often here coughing, gagging, sneezing, and labored breathing. His appetite has changed significantly and he hasnt been eating much. I’ve seen it progress over the last few days. He seems in pain now, should I get him to a animal hospital ASAP or schedule an appointment with the vet??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Kitty certainly needs to be seen by a Veterinarian, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian because you’ve described Kitty as struggling to breathe and is showing signs of pain. When there are signs of breathing difficulty it should always be treated as an emergency. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ellie
domestic short hair
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hoarse meow

My cat has had a hoarse meow that seems to be diminishing since yesterday. Otherwise she is acting and eating completely normal. Still playful, same appetite, breathing normal as well. Could she just have some sort of laryngitis that will go away on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ellie I cannot say for certain, sometimes an infection, excessive vocalisation or an enlarged thyroid may cause changes in a cat’s meow. Keep an eye on Ellie, but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailee
Domestic with medium hair and fluffy tail
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hoarse
Some Sneezing
Crackling Voice

My cat is about a 10 month old female and is an indoor cat along with our 9 month old Male. We gave them a flea treatment last night as they have somehow gotten fleas. This morning she was her usual talkative self and perfectly fine. By the time we got back home from work, after getting settled we noticed that she was not being nearly as talkative (almost nothing) and the few times she did her voice was hoarse and crackly. Just in typing this she has sneezed twice. Could it be the flea treatment? Or something I should take her to the vet for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats may get laryngitis or a change in their voice due to a variety of different reasons including excessive vocalisation, infections, trauma, enlarged thyroid gland, chemical irritation, allergies among other causes; I don’t think the flea & tick treatment you gave is the cause but I cannot say for 100%. You should keep an eye on Bailee for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or she is struggling to breathe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spots
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lost voice
Coughing

My cat lost his voice. He tries to speak but can’t. He has had a bad cough for a couple of days and threw up once. He is still eating and drinking fine though. Since he is eating and drinking fine this eliminates the possiblity of a blockage in his throat I believe so I’m going to wait 5 days before bringing him to the vet. Is this an okay plan?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a loss or change in meow in cats, infections are the most common cause but trauma from foreign objects, tumours, enlarged thyroid and other causes may also have an effect. If Spots is otherwise eating, drinking, defecating and urinating, you may monitor him for a day or to but if there is no improvement you should have him checked over by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buster
Unknown
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble meowing

I'm not sure if my cat has laryngitis or not. His meow is very weak and hoarse. He has no other symptoms. He is eating, drinking and using the bathroom. He is about 2 years old. He is an inside/outside cat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Buster, I'm not sure if he actually has a problem or not - since he goes outside, he may have been very vocal and is not hoarse, or he may have an infection or problem with his throat. If the strange meow continues, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can determine whether he has a problem.

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milo
Persian
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

difficulty speaking,
difficulty speaking and
difficulty speaking, inac

My male cat, Milo, is about 15 months old now. He hs suddenly lost his meow and looks like he is having difficulty swallowing. He tries to vomit but nothing comes out. He does not have any discharge from eyes or nose. He is eating his can food but not the kibbles.
I had given him Revolution to treat ear mites as prescribed by my vet about 10 days ago. This is the 2nd dose. When i gave him the 1st dose a month ago, he developed Diarrhea as a side effect and lost all his appetite. The vet prescribed Progut Plus and he got better with it.
Now, is this difficulty in speaking and inactivity another side effect of Revolution or should I be concerned?
He is ver vocal otherwise and I am thinking of taking him to vet already.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Reported side effects of Revolution (selamectin) included vomiting, loose stool or diarrhoea with or without blood, anorexia, lethargy, salivation, tachypnea and muscle tremors; I’m not aware of application of Revolution leading to other symptoms like laryngitis or changes in voice. Keep an eye on him for now but visit your Veterinarian if there are no improvements. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.zoetisus.com/_locale-assets/mcm-portal-assets/products/pdf/revolution-prescribing-information.pdf

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Skittles
Maine Coon
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

laryngitis
Vomiting
Wheezing

My 3 year old Maine Coon, Skittles, has completely lost his voice. We noticed a couple of weeks ago that he seemed hoarse, but with no other symptoms, I decided to just watch him. He is an indoor cat so he isn't exposed to anything harmful outside of the house. He is eating and drinking with no weight loss. Tonight he threw up for the first time and sounded wheezy after getting sick. He has completely lost his voice now. Please give me some idea what could be wrong. I'm out of work right now and can't afford a huge vet bill. Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Skittles, I'm not sure why he is losing his voice, but things that can cause that include bacterial infections, allergies, and growths or masses in the throat. It would be best to have him examined, and your veterinarian can determine what might be going on and how to work within your budget. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that you may be able to use to help Skittles be seen. I hope that everythin goes well for him.

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Jack
DOMESTIC
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Change in meow

Medication Used

On no medication

My cats meow has suddenly changed to a very quiet squeak and slight discharge from corner of eye can be seen . Haven't heard him sneeze or cough . Is this just due to jack's age or something more serious. He seems to be eating ok. He is approximately 12 years old which I have seen before and usually comes and goes.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Jack may have an infection, a viral disease, or he may have a growth or a problem with his nasal passages that needs attention. Since this is a new thing that you are noticing, it would not be a bad idea to have him seen by your veterinarian, as they can examine his mouth, listen to him, and see if there is anything that seems worrisome. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Little Star
Mix
8 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hoarse meow and hard cough

My kitten seems to be getting sick she seemed fine but now her meow is hoarse and shes been coughing alot other then that she plays and eats and looks ok so im not sure whats going on..i found her last week she looks about 8 weeks at the most shes a small mix breed grey tabby i can see. Can it be serious?? How can i help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Infections are common causes for a change in meow and coughing; other causes may include trauma, foreign objects, defects among other causes. Without examining Little Star I cannot say what the specific cause is or the best treatment, keep an eye on her but consider visiting a Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
American Shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is about one years old and we got him from a shelter about 2 months ago. We were originally told that he had feline herpes because of his UPI and eye discharge and we were given medication for a UPI, but the vet never did any tests to make sure that it was Feline Herpes. He has been coughing a lot though and has had a runny nose for the past month and he also has a very raspy/hoarse meow. Was he diagnosed incorrectly? Does he have laryngitis? I am a college student and the Laryngitis treatment sounds very expensive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Oliver I cannot say whether or not the diagnosis is incorrect, correct along with a concurrent condition or otherwise; if you are having any doubts, I would recommend you have a test done to confirm the diagnosis. Any other condition like laryngitis would need to be evaluated by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat meow changes and looses it . Sneezes. Coughs. Has difficulty sometimes swallowing and breathing while not eating.
Lowers head while standing . Slepts a lot more than normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There may be something going on with WIllow's throat or nasal passages, and it seems that she needs to be examined by a veterinarian. She may need x-rays to determine what is going on with her and see what treatment options there may be. I hope that she is okay.

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Leroy "Jethro" Gibbs
Indoor/outdoor Tiger
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

raspy meow
Not as vocal

My cat suddenly has a rapsy meow and not meowing as often as he does. He is an indoor outdoor cat. He has no sneezing, coughing, "running" eyes, runny nose,no werid, raspy or trouble breathing. He is trying to make his great ecapse outside but we have been keeping him in. Today would be day 2 of this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Jethro has a small respiratory tract infection, but without examining him I cannot say with any certainty; try to keep him indoors for the time being and ensure that he is hydrated but if there is no improvement in symptoms visit your Veterinarian for an examination and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cash
Siamese
Eleven Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollowing seems difficult
Lost voice
licking lips
Gagging

Hello. My cat seems to have lost her voice and gagging a lot. Nothing comes up and she is eating and drinking fine. The lost voice might just be from the gagging and the strain on her vocal cords. But I really don’t know why she is gagging?!?! I took her to the vet and the vet could not feel anything lodged in her throat. I don’t know what to do!!! Help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If your veterinarian examined her, they should have been able to offer suggestions on what might be happening. Cash may need an x-ray to rule out any abnormalities in her throat, or she may have an infection in her tonsils that is causing this behavior. Since I cannot examine her, it would be best to call the veterinarian that saw her and ask what treatment might help her and what to do next.

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Tariel
domestic short hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Irritable
raspy voice

Hello I have a 2 year old female cat. Over the past week she has become raspy, and a bit irritable. I have scheduled an appointment to see her vet this week. I do not know if I should take her in earlier as an emergency or wait. I also have two foster kittens that have been around for about two weeks and dont know if that may have impacted her in some way.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Tariel may have picked up an infection from the new kittens; however I cannot determine the severity of the possible laryngitis with an examination, but if you’re concerned about the level of raspiness of the breathing or notice that breathing is difficult you should visit a Veterinarian sooner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scamp
Normal house cat
Just turned 16 year's old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sometimes swallowing funny

My cat who is normally very vocal. He talks to me all the time and answers when I talk to him. But th last couple of days his voice has become weak and quite. He's got a strange meow

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for a change in meow including infections, trauma, thyroid disorders among other causes; given Scamp’s age, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and to check the thyroid since Scamp is a senior cat. I cannot really recommend any at home treatment since I do not know the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blacky
Stray cat
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Sleepiness
Loss of Appetite

My cat is not eating anything..she only drinks water once for a day ..sitting in one corner all day ...became very skinny ..she has loss of appetite..licking nose rapidly and sleeping all day ..throwing white foam when having anything...please recommend some home remedies for her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1406 Recommendations
Unfortunately, not everything can be treated at home, and Blacky sounds quite ill. She needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to be examined and to determine what is going on with her. Kittens are commonly affected by parasites, infectious disease, and foreign bodies.

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Bella
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

raspy voice

my one year old female cat started having a raspy meow today but no signs of discharge from the eyes or nose. I have heard her sneeze maybe 3 times in the last 2 weeks. She is an indoor cat. Is she sick? I have clavamox from when my 2 month kitten came home with an upper respiratory infection. I have had this kitten for one month now. Did my baby kitten get her sick? what should I do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A raspy meow may be due to an infection, trauma, foreign object, enlarged thyroid among other causes; I cannot recommend the use of antibiotics which were prescribed to another cat as I don’t know if they are in date, stored correctly etc… Keep an eye on Bella for the time being and if there is no improvement in the meow or you feel any lump or swelling around the throat visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gracie
Calico
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Raspy voice, sneezing, won’t eat

I’m not sure what she has but she gets outside a lot. She came to the door late last night and as soon as I let her in she ran to the food. Noticed a lot of sneezing last night. This morning she’s just laying down and won’t eat anything I put in front of her. And she just growls as usual when I touch her but her voice is all raspy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Gracie picked up a little infection which may be causing some discomfort to swallow and a little sneezing, without examining her I cannot say for sure; try to keep her indoors and comfortable, offer her plenty of water to keep her hydrated. If there is no improvement in appetite or in general you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alex
Orange tabby
Almost 4 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Mouth Odor
Noisy Breathing
Sneezing

Is there something in there at home care that I can do to help make my cat better without having to go to the vet and paying hundreds of dollars? My cat Alex went missing for about a month and when I got his back he lost his voice, I can't hear my baby's voice anymore. Please help me get my baby's voice back.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2992 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for a loss of voice (or meow) which may include infections, foreign objects, thyroid issues, laryngeal paralysis; unfortunately each one of these causes has a different treatment so I cannot suggest a one ‘cure all’ treatment. As much as you may not want to visit your Veterinarian, it is necessary in some circumstances to make sure that the diagnosis is correct and the right treatment is being given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for quick response

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Loki
American Shorthair
About 3 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lost meow
Hoarse
Vomiting

My cat who is about 3 years old who is often very talkative has recently been vomiting and his voice is gone hoarse and really quiet compared to normal. He's indoor only but about a week ago he got outside in our back yard for about 45 mins.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2992 Recommendations
It is possible that whilst Loki was outside he either came into contact with an infection or ate something he shouldn’t; either way you should keep an eye on him but if the vomiting continues you should visit your Veterinarian as he may require a course of antibiotics or other care - it is difficult to say without examining him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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