Bronchitis in Cats
Defining Bronchitis in Cats
Bronchitis in cats, also called tracheobronchial irritation, is a condition that involves inflammation of a cat’s airways, called “bronchi,” and sometimes also involves inflammation of the trachea, commonly known as the “wind pipe.” Bronchitis tends to cause cats to have a chronic cough that can’t be attributed to cancer, pneumonia, congestive heart failure or other conditions that typically lead to persistent coughing. The underlying cause of chronic feline bronchitis often is never discovered. The condition usually is slowly progressive due to inflammatory damage to the lining of the airways. In severe cases, cats may develop increased lung resistance and a reduced ability to breathe normally. Bronchitis is fairly common in companion cats in the United States and throughout North America. Unfortunately, it can mimic the symptoms of other feline respiratory tract diseases. Cat owners should be attuned to the sounds of their cat’s normal breathing, so that they can identify breathing abnormalities when they occur.
Feline bronchitis is a result of irritation and inflammation of the lining of a cat’s airways, which are called “bronchi.” When bronchitis occurs suddenly (acutely), it typically is caused by infectious organisms, such as viruses, bacteria or lung parasites. Irritating airborne particles can also trigger a bout of acute bronchitis. Internal parasites, like lungworms and heartworms, can also cause bronchitis in cats. Heartworms cause chronic coughing, and chronic coughing will eventually damage the cat’s bronchial
Bronchitis is a medical condition that involves inflammation of one or more of the airways of the respiratory tract, which are called “bronchi.” Sometimes, it also involves inflammation of the trachea, commonly referred to as the “wind pipe.” Bronchitis can come on suddenly, which is known as acute bronchitis, or it can show up very slowly, which is called chronic bronchitis. Cats with bronchitis don’t feel well and will cough, which is unusual for cats,
Bronchitis in cats can be caused by a number of different things. As a result, diagnosing this disorder may require a number of different tests to determine what the actual cause of the condition is. A veterinarian presented with a cat that is coughing, lethargic and off its feed will get a thorough history from the cat’s owner, including about when the symptoms started and exactly what the cat has been doing that is different
When a cat develops bronchitis, the only realistic way to resolve the condition is to determine and treat its underlying cause. Any number of diagnostic tools can be used in this effort, and there are a number of therapies that can help manage the symptoms of feline bronchitis. The goals of treating a cat with bronchitis are to eliminate the underlying cause of the condition, reduce the cat’s coughing (in cases of chronic bronchitis, complete