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Can cat coughing be prevented?

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You can lessen the chances that your cat will get the problems that lead to coughs:

  • Have your cat tested for internal parasites.
  • Don’t use perfumes, room fresheners, carpet deodorizers, hairspray, or aerosol cleaners that can irritate your cat's lungs.
  • Look for cat litter that doesn’t create dust or have added scent.
  • Keep your pet active so its weight stays down.
  • Cut stress. Many cats get ill when their surroundings or routines change. Keep feeding routines, play, and cleaning schedules the same each day.
  • Run a humidifier when the air is dry, especially during cold winter months.
  • Don’t expose your cat to cigarette smoke, especially if it has asthma.
  • Give your cat a heartworm prevention medication, especially if you live in an area with mosquitos.

From: Why Does My Cat Cough So Much? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heartworm Society: “Heartworm Basics.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Disease Risks for Dogs in Social Settings.”

Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Pet Care: Asthma.”

Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Feline Asthma: A Risky Business for Many Cats.”

The Ohio State University Research News: “Even Healthy Cats Act Sick When Their Routine Is Disrupted.”

The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Life Stressors of Cats: How to Make Your Cat More Comfortable When Stress Occurs.”

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: “The Coughing Pet.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 17, 2017

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

SOURCES:

American Heartworm Society: “Heartworm Basics.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Disease Risks for Dogs in Social Settings.”

Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Pet Care: Asthma.”

Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Feline Asthma: A Risky Business for Many Cats.”

The Ohio State University Research News: “Even Healthy Cats Act Sick When Their Routine Is Disrupted.”

The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Life Stressors of Cats: How to Make Your Cat More Comfortable When Stress Occurs.”

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: “The Coughing Pet.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 17, 2017

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