Laryngitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes
of the larynx. Signs of laryngitis include hoarseness and loss of voice. The
most common causes are excessive meowing and a chronic cough. Both cause vocal
Laryngitis can be associated with tonsillitis, throat infections,
tracheobronchitis, pneumonia, inhalant allergies, and (rarely) tumors in the throat. The lining of the larynx is not
coated with cilia. Therefore, mucus frequently accumulates in the larynx.
Exaggerated throat clearing is needed to dislodge it. This further irritates
the larynx and lowers resistance to infection.
Asthma is a hypersensitivity to
environmental allergens. This acute respiratory disease in cats
resembles bronchial asthma in humans. Feline asthma affects approximately 1
percent of all cats. Siamese may have a slightly increased risk. Some of these
cats present as an acute emergency with severe respiratory distress; others
have a chronic history of coughing and wheezing. Cats with a chronic
cough may need to be distinguished from cats with a hairball problem. In some cats,
Treatment: Laryngitis due to excessive meowing usually responds to removing
the cause of the cat’s anxiety or distress. If the problem is due to
prolonged coughing, seek veterinary
attention to investigate and eliminate the cause of the chronic cough.
WebMD Veterinary Reference from "Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook"