Definition of Kennel Cough in Cats
Kennel Cough in Cats, also known as infectious tracheobronchitis, feline respiratory disease complex, and “bordetella”, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms in cats. While Kennel Cough is rare in cats, it does appear, and usually strikes cats living in crowded and/or unsanitary conditions. Kennel Cough is highly infectious because the bacterium that causes this disease, Bordetella bronchiseptica, is a small organism that is easily spread through airborne particles and targets the upper respiratory tract of cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs and sometimes people. Affected cats can develop respiratory distress all of a sudden, or their breathing difficulties can come on gradually. Kennel Cough can be transmitted to people from their infected pets, and the disease is especially dangerous for infants and others with compromised immune systems.