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The Signs and Symptoms of Feline Pneumonia

Woman coughingWhenever owners see their cat wheezing, coughing, and producing an icky snot from their nose, they shouldn’t be like the others and think that it’s just a regular cold. Unfortunately, many pet mom and dads are unaware that their little felines are also vulnerable to respiratory issues.

As you hand out veterinary sympathy cards, remind them that ignoring colds can lead to pneumonia. This disorder is not that common for healthy adult cats, but senior cats and kittens are more susceptible. This is because the immune system of kittens and older cats cannot resist body intruders effectively.

The Symptoms

Don’t let the condition of your client’s cat get worse. Here are the common symptoms of pneumonia that you can include as a reminder to them:

  • Lethargy
  • Appetite loss
  • Rapid respiratory rate
  • Difficulty, labored or shallowed breathing
  • A wet cough or a dry, hacking cough that sometimes produces blood or mucus
  • If the upper respiratory tract is affected, yellow or green cloudy discharge will come from their nose

Keep in mind that other disorders can also cause such symptoms. Have your clients see you as soon as they observe their cat exhibiting any of these signs. You will then have to conduct a physical test and history. Diagnosing pneumonia may then consist of chest X-rays and a full blood panel.

Illness Confirmed

As soon as you’ve confirmed the illness, you will need to do more exams to help identify the cat’s condition. It may need to take several medications, such as antibiotics, to treat the infection. These will open their airways and a nasal decongestant will clear the mucus. Treatment for feline pneumonia can last for many weeks and those with severe issues may need hospitalization to get supportive care, like oxygen and intravenous fluids.

It can be difficult for a cat to get over a bad case of pneumonia. If their infection happens to affect their entire body, their organs will swell, which will disturb their capacity to function properly. If it gets to this, it will be difficult for their cat to recover, and survival is doubtful. This is why swift veterinary care is necessary as soon as their owners notice the symptoms, and you can help them realize that.