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.
Contrary to popular belief, mother cats do not teach their kittens
to use the litter box. Kittens begin to dig in and use dirt and dry, loose
material at about 4 weeks old without ever having observed their mothers doing
so. This natural instinct is used in training kittens to use the litter box.
Begin as soon as the new
kitten arrives in your home.
Buy the largest litter box you can find; your kitten will soon grow into a
cat, and will appreciate having the room. Make sure at least one side...
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"