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.
Cats like to scratch. They scratch during play. They scratch while stretching. They scratch to mark territory or as a threatening signal other cats. And because cats’ claws need regular sharpening, cats scratch on things to remove frayed, worn outer claws and expose new, sharper claws. Unfortunately, all this scratching can cause a lot of damage to furniture, drapes and carpeting!
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"