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Why Does My Cat... Cough?

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Coughing in cats is not a terribly common condition. Unlike with humans, for whom a cough or two a day is perfectly normal, a cat’s cough is a less-than-typical thing.

Yet a cat might cough for a completely understandable, nonmedical reason. Two common reasons for a kitty cough:

A hairball. Cats with hairball issues will often cough a few times before eventually expelling the matted, gastric juice-soaked fur.

An ill-advised meal. Cats who have a penchant for ingesting leaves, grass, and other atypical items might cough as the stuff irritates their throats on the way down.

However, if your cat coughs persistently or if the cough is accompanied by breathing problems, it could signal a medical problem. Asthma, heart disease, heartworm disease, respiratory infection, and cancer are just a few of the medical conditions that can cause cats to cough.

That's why you should take your cat to the vet if your cat coughs for no apparent reason, especially if it happens more than once or twice a day. If she is also listless, sneezing, wheezing, having a hard time breathing, or doesn't want to eat, get there fast.

This article was written by a Veterinarian.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.