Knock the wind out of asthma

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

Asthma can make breathing as tough for our cats as it can for us. Airways thicken and narrow during asthma attacks. The resulting struggle for breath leaves cats wheezing and coughing.

Feline asthma is likely triggered by allergies. And while there’s no cure, you can help control attacks. First, have your cat examined for underlying diseases and allergy triggers. Stress can set off asthma attacks, so be sure your kitty’s digs are calm and cozy. Keep your cat away from aerosol products and any hint of tobacco smoke. Even dusty or scented cat litters can irritate asthmatic airways. The air your cat breathes should be fresh and moist, especially during the dry winter months. Finally, make sure your cat is healthy enough to bounce back from an attack.

Being proactive won’t provide a cure, but it can help you knock the wind out of asthma.