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What are Mucus?

The respiratory system’s most important function is delivering oxygen to the blood and removing carbon dioxide. However, at times, the mucus in a cat’s respiratory tract becomes too thick to allow a proper amount of oxygen to pass through the nose or mouth, causing the oxygen levels in the blood to become dangerously low. When oxygen levels become too low in the blood, veterinarians use the term anoxia or hypoxia to describe the condition. A cat in the state of hypoxia will begin showing symptoms of respiratory distress, increasing the rate of breathing to compensate for the mucus obstruction and low oxygen levels. The feline will soon fall seriously ill from the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and develop conditions of respiratory disease.

Respiratory diseases are common in felines of all ages, but the very old and very young are at higher risk for contraction. Weak immune systems at the start of a kitten’s life and the inability to filter the respiratory system, makes this group of felines more vulnerable to contamination of disease organisms found in the air. 

The respiratory system of the cat consists of the trachea, right and left bronchi, the bronchioles found within the lungs, and the alveoli. When the feline breathes in air through the nose or mouth, it passes through each part of the respiratory system, down into the lungs to exchange oxygen in the blood. The air a cat breathes is filled with large particles of dust, dirt, and pollen that can damage the respiratory system, so the respiratory system has a filtration system to protect itself. Mucus is the thick, clear material that lines the entire respiratory system. Airborne particles land on the mucus, or mucous lining, within the nasal passageways. The large particles caught by the mucosal lining are carried down to the throat where the cat either coughs them up or swallows them. Any swallowed particles caught in the mucus lining will be destroyed by the feline’s immune system. 

Symptoms of Mucus in Cats

Mucus is clear in a healthy cat, but a cat with respiratory disease will have brown, reddish, green, or yellow mucus coming from the nose. The excessive mucus will stuff up the nasal passageway in one or both nostrils, making it difficult for the cat to breathe or smell. As the sense of smell is depleted, a cat may lose its appetite and refuse to eat, eventually losing weight. Mucus in cats may also cause symptoms including:

  • Noisy breathing 
  • Painful breath
  • Shallow breathing 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Labored breathing
  • Rapid breath
  • Wet or dry cough
  • Nasal discharge

The feline increases her rate of breath and strains to breathe in an attempt to restore its core oxygen levels. The change in breath causes the spleen to contract, releasing more red blood cells into circulation to carry oxygen, but without oxygen to carry the body responds negatively. The heart rate increases, pushing more blood to grab oxygen and move to the brain. The lack of oxygen causes the brain to depress nerve stimulations and the vital organs including the liver, kidneys, intestine and heart slow activity. 

Causes of Mucus in Cats

Mucus related respiratory disease in cats is often caused by inhalation of a toxic substance, allergens that cause an immune-mediated reaction, parasites, or a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. Cats that live in shelters, boarding facilities, and pet shops are at a greater risk of developing a mucus condition due to the fact that they are housed in close quarters with several felines. Likewise, if a cat lives in unsanitary conditions or in a tobacco smoke-filled home, the body will react by producing more mucus to filter the toxins. A full list of the causes of mucus in cats include: 

  • Birth abnormalities (cleft palate, narrowed nostrils or trachea)
  • Trauma (such as hit-by-car) 
  • Stress 
  • Overcrowded boarding/shelter facilities
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Chronic nasal disease
  • Nasopharyngeal polyps
  • Tumors
  • Smoke or airborne toxins
  • Viral infections (calicivirus, Feline immunodeficiency virus, Rhinotracheitis virus)
  • Bacterial infections (Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis
  • Fungal infections
  • Parasite infections (lungworms, heartworms) 

Diagnosis of Mucus in Cats

An overview of your cat’s medical history and a physical examination are the first steps in the diagnosis of mucus in cats. Your veterinarian may use a scope to view the airways, throat, and nose to determine if the mucus accumulation is a problem of the upper or lower respiratory system. Make sure to share symptoms you have noticed your cat displaying at home, such as coughing, wheezing or heavy breathing, as these symptoms can give the veterinarian clues to the condition at hand. Diagnostic tests that your vet may complete next include: 

  • A nasal or mouth swab to identify a bacterial, viral or fungal infection.
  • Blood tests to identify infection and organ function 
  • Blood gas analysis to determine carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood 
  • Pulse oximetry to determine pulse rate
  • Chest x-rays to identify low respiratory conditions 
  • Echocardiograph to evaluate the state of the heart
  • Biopsy of tissues to identify a tumor if present

Treatment of Mucus in Cats

If your cat is experiencing great breathing difficulties, the veterinarian may place her in an oxygenated chamber or place an oxygen mask. Your veterinarian may then administer or prescribe medications to thin and reduce the amount of mucus in the feline’s respiratory tract. If the veterinarian believes the cat can cough up the mucus, a cough medicine or expectorant, may be prescribed. However, if the feline’s airways are too narrow or obstructed for a productive cough, a bronchodilator, such as a steroid, may be prescribed. Antibiotics are prescribed to patients who have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection and diuretics are often given to patients who have accumulated fluid on the lungs. 

Recovery of Mucus in Cats

Recovery and management of mucus in cats depends on the underlying condition that your cat has contracted. You can aid your cat’s recovery by listening to your veterinarian and administering all medications as directed. In most cases, your cat should have access to fluids 24/7 and her area for recovery should be clean, including the air she breathes.

Mucus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sophie
Calico
5 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mucus
Sneezing
Coughing

Medication Used

Unsure, a needle in thw neck
Unsure, a needle in the neck

My cat is very sick I took her to the vet and they gave her a needle about 2 1/2 weeks ago and she said it should have started to clear up by no but it's getting worse, snot running down her nose, coughing mucus up and coughing very badly.!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are various causes for an accumulation of mucus; this may be attributable to allergies, infection, parasites, nasal tumours, foreign objects among other causes. I would try to give cetirizine at 5mg per day and place Sophie in the bathroom whilst you take a shower to try and get the mucus loose so she can bring it up. If there is an infection, it would need to be treated with antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mooch
dsh
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My 14lb neutered male cat, Mooch, has been having almost daily coughing/hacking fits since August when I moved to a new house. He's had to transition from being an indoor/outdoor cat to solely indoor, using a litter box. His fits range from occasional to multiple times a day.

It started out just as occasional hacking, which didn't seem to bother him, so it didn't bother me, i just kept an eye on him. However, I had his vet come examine him in September when he seemed to be hacking a lot more than usual - waking him from sleep, his dry food getting stuck after eating, etc. The vet listened to Mooch's lungs, said they were clear - listened to his throat, and found a lot of mucus in it. He said it's most likely allergy or sinus related, not infection, but prescribed antiobiotic just in case.

He put him on 10 days of clavamox and also prescribed prednisolone. While adminstering these meds to Mooch, his hacking did lessen, but did not go away.

It's been a little over 3 weeks or so since finishing his antibiotic and tapering off of prednisolone, and he's back to hacking multiple times a day with sleep interruptions and dry food getting caught in the mucus, etc.

Since he saw the vet, I switched his cat litter to dust free, just in case the dust was irritating him. But i dont think that's helped. He acts normal otherwise. He eats, drinks and eliminates normally. There's no nasal or lung congestion, it's still just all in the poor guy's throat.

Is there anything else I can do for him or give him to at least lessen that phlegm in his throat? I plan on having his vet check him over again, but wanted to get your opinion/suggestions also. Thank you!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
A change in environment may cause various problems with a cat which may be due to allergies, other irritation, mold among other issues; problems may be with the cat litter (but you changes already), the building itself (mold, building materials etc…), nearby establishments (factories, restaurants etc…) as well as cleaning products, detergents, food (the list can go on). I would try to give some cetirizine at a dose of 5mg per day to see if that helps in case it is some type of allergy; other than that I would try to compare your old home with the new and think of differences which may be causing an issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scooter
European Shorthair
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

withdrawn
Heavy Breathing
short of breath

Medication Used

Bisolvon
Metacam

My cat has runny mucus in his lungs. Our vet provided a liquid for his food that acts as an antiinflamatory, and powder to draw the mucus out. Originally it was do bad he was breathing loud and fast constantly. 2 weeks later he is a bit better, breathing isn't loud but his breaths are still short and sharp. It doesn't seem to be getting any better now. What else can I do? The vet says he has no fever and everything else in the xray was fine, just the mucus in the lungs.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Mucus in the lower respiratory tract can be difficult to treat especially if an underlying cause isn’t determined; you should speak with your Veterinarian about the use of an expectorant to see if that can help bring up the mucus apart from the Bisolvon (bromhexine hydrochloride) since this is no longer effective and should be only given for around seven days. Keeping Scooter in a warm humid environment may help loosen the mucus as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for the advice. After a further visit the vet now thinks there is a heart murmur additional to the mucus, caused by lack of oxygen due to the breathing difficulty. He is now on 3 tablets per day to aid the heart, breathing and mucus. The next 7 days are critical so we're all trying to think positively.

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Tuxedo
Mixed black and white
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi. I have a 12 year old cat who for at least the past 3 years has had a lot of yellow nasal discharge that only sometimes has an odor. He had an badly rotten tooth that had developed an infection up under the tooth the vet pulled at that time. The vet informed me that even after the tooth being pulled and put on antibiotics there was a likely hood the mucus problem would stay. Have had him on antibiotics several times and after he finishes taking them the problem comes back. His appetite and behavior has been unaffected by it. Is there anything I could change in his diet that would help? Or anything I can give him?
Thanks!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Recurring infections may be caused by a few other issues including allergies, dental issues among other causes; if there is an improvement with antibiotics it may be worth having a culture and sensitivity test done to see if a more suitable antibiotic may get rid of the mucus. However, in some cases the mucus is chronic and all you can do to help with the drainage by humidifying the air which may help to loosen the mucus to let it drain easier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snow
Persian
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi my 2years old female Persian Cat has mucus problem every half an hour she is coughing and while eating sometimes she is spitting food particlas with mucus.I have 2 more cats.Do I have to isolate her from others.Is it due to viral infection. Will it affect other cats.This is the only problem with her.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are many different causes for mucus in cats, some are infectious and others aren’t; common causes for mucus are allergies, other irritation, foreign objects, infections, tumours among other causes. Without examining Snow it is difficult to say what the cause is: if the mucus which comes up/out is yellow, white or green it may be due to an infection, however if the mucus is clear is may be due to other causes. If your other two cats are strong and healthy they shouldn’t pick up a garden variety infection from Snow, but it would be wise to visit your Veterinarian tomorrow for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Tuxedo
6 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Breathing Difficulty
Secondary eye lids showing
Sneezing

Boy 6 month old cat has green mucus coming out from nose and has a hard time breathing/sneezing
He came from a barn as well!
We are going to the vet on Tuesday but he keeps sneezing and seems like he can’t breath. What at home remedies I can give him to give some comfort till then?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
The best course of action in these cases is to try and place Duke in a warm humid environment (like the bathroom when you take a shower) to try and loosen the mucus so it will drain; other than that keep Duke hydrated and comfortable. With your description, it sounds like an infection and would require a course of antibiotics; but in the meantime, just try to loosen that mucus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much! We also bought a Vick’s humidifier as well
Appreciate it!!

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Isis
Siamese
10 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Hi Dr Turner, my 10 year old Siamese cat Isis has all the symptoms of difficult breathing, catarrh, a sore eye etc and has been like this all her life, even though I keep taking her to the vet every year to ask for help. They just basically ignore this and move onto the fact that she is a little overweight and then give her the annual injections for cat flu, leukemia etc. I see you recommend Cetirizine 5mg a day. Would this be right for Isis too?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Cetirizine (5mg per day) is for allergies and may help if the root cause of the mucus accumulation is due to an allergen; it isn’t a cure all but it is something which you can try at home. Mucus and breathing difficulties may be caused by a variety of different causes including allergies, chemical irritants, infections, parasites, tumours, foreign objects, dental disorders among other causes. Sometimes using a humidifier in the room where Isis spends most of her time or keeping her in the bathroom whilst you take a shower can help loosen up anything in her nose. But if there is no success, a visit to a Veterinarian (yours or another) should be done to look for underlying causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mittens
tabby
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

My female cat has been breathing loudly and every so often she has been looking like she is about to throw up but she doesn’t she just kinda gags a bit with her mouth open and eyes shut. I think she is having mucus problems. Please give me some advice on how to help her.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Mucus may be caused by various causes including infections, allergies, environmental contaminants among other causes; it would be best to first try placing Mittens in the bathroom with you when you take a shower so that the warm humid air loosens her mucus. You can also try to give cetirizine at 5mg per day to see if that helps in case of allergy; otherwise you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Earl
Domestic Long hair.
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Our cat has an extreme mucus problem. He constantly
sneezes with mucus coming out usually in large amounts. His breathing is loud. We have been giving him allergy medicines from over the counter. What can be done for him?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are various different causes for excessive mucus which may include allergies, infections, parasites, tumours, chemical irritants (think cleaning products etc…), foreign objects, dental disorders (affecting the nasal cavity) among other causes. It is difficult to say what the specific cause is, but an examination and possibly a rhinoscopy examination may shed some light on the problem as it is important to determine the underlying condition and to treat it than to treat the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Berkinstock
tabby
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eyes leaking
Strained breathing
mucus

I got a kitten a little while ago he was a barn kitten and he’s got a large mucus build up you can hear it in his breathing really bad he was leaking from his eyes at first but I got that to go away by cleaning his eyes he was from a barn cat he eats well and plays with the other cats

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
If Berkinstock is having some noisy breathing due to mucus you should try to keep him in the bathroom with you when you take a shower to try and loosen the mucus with the warm humid air. If the cause is due to allergies, cetirizine may help (5mg per day) but I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian given Berkinstock’s young age and make sure that he is vaccinated etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joseph
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My cat seems like he can't breathe. He started sneezing about a week ago. He still eats and drinks, but due to his nose being stuffed up, he seems to be starting to lose interest in eating. He just recently threw up...within the hour. He's now gagging every few minutes due to the phlegm gagging him. A few days ago he sneezed and his mucus was a brownish reddish color.
Right now he's curled up on a fluffy blanket, trying to get some relief.
My issues is, I can't afford to take him to the vet until the day after tomorrow. I'm just looking for honest opinions, advice, and recommendations on helping him out until I get paid.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are many different causes of mucus including allergies, infections, tumours, mites, foreign bodies etc… Putting Joseph in a humid environment (like in the bathroom when you take a shower) may help to loosen the mucus and allow him to breathe; due to the various possible causes for mucus you should visit your Veterinarian once you are paid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cloud
American Shorthair
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

my cat cloud has uad a cold for the past few days but yeaterday and today i noticed she wasnt eating pr drinking when i went to check her she has a thick mucus in her mouth preventing her from drinking water how do i clear the mucus so she can drink water and eat

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
The issue is just not a case of clearing the mucus but knowing what is causing the mucus, if you clear the mucus it may just return again after a few hours; respiratory tract disorders, chemical irritation, dehydration among other issues may cause thick mucus. I would try to get her into a warm humid environment like a bathroom with a shower on which should help to loosen any mucus; but I would suggest a visit to your Veterinarian as Cloud may not have been eating for a while. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mulan
Siamese
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 14 yr old cat Mulan has pancreatis and has been on prednisone since May of this year, a tablet everything other day and has been doing well. The last couple of days she is eating very little which could be due to a thick nasal mucus in her mouth. Do you have any suggestions that may help

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Mucus in the nasal cavity may be loosened by humidifying the air with a humidifier which should allow the mucus to clear and drain easier. Mucus is normally secondary to another condition, so it may be worth checking in with your Veterinarian to see if there is an underlying cause for the mucus which may be managed or treated to provide relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr Turner for responding back to me. I will follow up with my vet. She ate a little bit this morning which was encouraging

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Tyler
Orange Domestic Shorthair
19 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello, My cat, Tyler, is 19. He seems to have trouble swallowing. His breathing is very noisy. To me, it seems like he has a lot of phlegm in his throat. The vet did 2 x-rays of Tyler's throat and said she couldn't see anything abnormal. She gave him a shot of steroids which did nothing noticeable throat wise. Then tried nose drops which Tyler refused. Then Claritin which made his throat sound worse. We are not looking to do any invasive tests as he is 19 and has thyroid and kidney issues. I am looking for something to get rid of the phlegm or at least reduce it. Any insight or suggestions will be appreciated.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Apart from trying something like Claritin (loratadine), there isn’t much else that I would recommend for a cat Tyler’s age without having further tests being done; there are different causes for mucus/phlegm accumulation and I don’t think treating in the dark is going to be good for him. I would suggest trying to loosen the mucus/phlegm by getting a humidifier and putting it in the room he spends most time or by letting him in the bathroom whilst someone is taking a warm shower to help to see if the heat and the humidity loosen it up a little. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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milo
short hair
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat has asthma, and every week he has buildup of mucus in his throat (he never has mucus in his nose), Could be good for him to nebulize with saline solution? every other day to remove or reduce buildup of mucus in his throat. Does nebulization could has side effects? which?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
Many times, keeping your cat in a room with a humidifier can help loosen mucus and helps to alleviate symptoms, some people take a hot shower with their cat in the room. Saline nebulisation may help but there is debate about any value added, but I would highly recommend you discuss this with your Veterinarian regarding Milo’s case before you try anything and recommend you try the humidifier first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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