(Closed) I Think Our Kitty Might Have Asthma. :(

posted 11 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2511 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Hmmm.. I don’t know much about kitty asthma, but my cat “coughs” periodically as well. She doesn’t do it very often though, maybe about once a month she will have a “spell” that lasts about 30 seconds or so, but then she’s back to normal. My mother-in-laws cat does the same thing when she gets upset (as in, when one of her other cats is getting all the attention lol) and she will sit on the floor and hack for 10 minutes straight!

I hope your kitty is ok. The fact that she is doing it so frequently is a little concerning. Do you think maybe she just has kitty anxiety? Hopefully all goes well and you figure out what’s going on!

Post # 4
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Poor kitty! I would definitely take her in for a visit with the vet. Here are three bizarre scenarios I’ve encountered over the years (all things that could be treated):

– Our dog has seasonal allergies, and apparently cats get these too. He starts wheezing and coughing in March when the trees blossom. Fun fun fun. 🙂 Benadryl is the treatment, though we only give it to him when it gets really bad.

– We had a cat growing up who was constantly sneezing. It turned out that she had a tumor right behind her nose that they happily found and treated, and the sneezing stopped. Weird, but we felt terrible that for years we thought she was just a sneezy cat.

– And my parents have a cat who had anxiety related to being tortured by their older cat (literally—she was awful to people and cats alike). The vet put him on a mini dose of Prozac, and would you believe it—he mellowed out (and more importantly, stopped having accidents and getting freaked out, which they needed to resolve if they were going to keep him). After the other cat died, he came off of it and did much better in a single-cat household.

So….cats do get stressed/anxious, and they do get weird medical problems (asthma included), so it’s definitely worth looking into it. Hopefully your kitty’s problems are on the easy-to-resolve end of that spectrum, but if it helps any, these cats both lived/are living long and happy (well, okay, not so happy till the Prozac for the second kitty! 😉 lives.

Post # 5
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Do either of you guys smoke?  Any of the kitties with asthma that I have run into have all lived with smokers.  Definitely see your vet, they will be able to give you a better idea of what is going on.  Hope she feels better soon!

Post # 6
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

What kind of cleaning products do you use? Our vet told us that many of the carpet or floor cleaner can cause respiratory problems as well as room fresheners, etc. We use all non-toxic stuff here.

Post # 8
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

if you are thinking of changing cat litters i highly recommend “the worlds best cat litter” its a corn based (ok pretty much all corn) cat litter, all natural, all organic, my cat LOVES it, it doesn’t get “litter box smell”!

also, i second the benedryl, my cat occasionally get sneezy/coughy/hard to breathe, the vet suggested a half a beny and it makes all the difference for him!

i hope your vet is able to give you some good news and something to help your kiddo out!


Post # 9
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my cat wheezes and sneezes seasonally…I guess I should check it out…I never thought about her having a possible tumor or anything like that…I would hate to see her with serious problems that I’ve neglected for years!

Post # 12
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Thanks for the update, hope the meds work!  I was wondering how things went for you guys. 

Post # 13
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oh, I pray that the meds work! def. switch over to non-toxic cleaners for all your house cleaning products.  I had to switch to seventh generation cleaners because one of my cats started throwing up a day after I cleaned my floors and I found out its from the floor cleaner! eeks! poor baby.

Post # 15
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

i’m glad your cat is doing better.  But I would definitely stop using Pine Sol.  It’s actually really bad for cats.  The shelter I work at will turn away or throw out donations of Pine Sol IMMEDIATELY so no one tries to use it with the cats.

Just some things I found on it:

**I recently became aware of cleaners that pose serious health issues to pets, particularly any cleaner or disinfectant that contains the word “sol”, that is cleaners such as Lysol and Pine-sol. The culprit is the ingredient phenol, which in many cases may not even be listed on the label of such cleaners. This not only means the cleaners like the “traditional” pine-scented Pine-sol or Lysol cleaners, but even the pleasantly scented cleaners manufactured by the same companies, such as Pine-sol’s choices of scents such as Lemon, Lavender, Sparkling Wave, and so forth. It should be noted that shelters, and pet rescuers have eliminated the use of such cleaners due to their toxicity to animals.

Now one would never expose children to such cleaners, but does one give a thought about their pets? Here’s are two classic scenarios of what I mean by seemingly and innocently exposing their pet to these toxic cleaners and may not even realize the harm they are causing to their pet. Scenario one: You’ve just cleaned your kitchen floor with a Pine-sol cleaner and the floor is drying. Your dog or cat comes into the kitchen while the floor is still drying. The pet gets the cleaner on their paws, then later on, the pet grooms itself cleaning off their paws…bingo, they just ingested some of that cleaner. Scenario two: The kitchen floor you cleaned hours ago with one of these cleaners is now dry. It’s feeding time for your pet, and you give your pet moist food on a dish or in a bowl. The pet gets some of the food onto the floor and eats it off from the floor. The moisture of the food absorbs into it some of the chemical cleaner even though the floor was dry. Once again, you’ve unknowingly exposed your pet to that chemical cleaner.

Therefore, you may be inadvertently exposing your pet to severe health risks every time you use any one of these chemical cleaners Now here are the alarming facts about the ingredient of phenol that is found in many chemical type disinfectant, antiseptic and anti-bacterial cleaners, particularly the ones containing the word “sol”. Phenol is in itself a highly toxic compound derivative of coal tar, and the health hazard symptoms it can create in pets, range from liver and kidney damage, respiratory problems; phenol is also caustic to mucous membranes, and since cats are more sensitive to phenol, even just a few drops that are accidentally ingested can cause death. While the following symptoms, such as panting, drooling, vomiting, voiding green or black urine, muscle tremors, among other symptoms (1) may be caused by other health problems, if your pet shows any of these signs shortly after you have used a chemical cleaner, your pet no doubt had been exposed and ingested the cleaner, and it’s important to take your pet to a veterinarian immediately!


  • Pine Oils : Pine Sol ® is a cleaning solution containing high concentrations of pine oil alcohols derived from pine tree wood. Turpentine is another such preparation consisting of pine oil terpenes. Cats are particularly sensitive to pine oils because they lack an efficient liver enzyme system to detoxify them.

  • Phenols : As mentioned above cats are sensitive to Lysol cleaner but not only because of their sensitivity to the alcohol in the product. This cleaner also contains phenols and cats have problems detoxifying this type of poison due to the low efficiency of the detoxifying liver enzymes.

Not trying to make you freak out or feel like a bad pet parent, just informing you because I had NO IDEA they were bad before I worked at my shelter!

Post # 16
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have no advice to give but all my good wishes reach out to you and your soulmate kitty!

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