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Feline Asthma

If your cat has been diagnosed with feline asthma, we may be able to help! Talk to your cat’s veterinarian about getting a prescription for Pawprint Oxygen to keep on hand for on-the-spot treatment or emergency trips to the vet.

According to the Blue Cross, these are the symptoms of feline asthma.

  • Wheezing
  • Rapid or difficulty breathing, or increased effort to breathe
  • Persistent cough or gagging, like that triggered by a hairball
  • Frothy mucus while coughing
  • Difficulty breathing after exertion
  • Keeping mouth open while breathing
  • Neck extended upwards and gasping for breath
  • Squatting with shoulders hunched, neck extended and low to the ground
  • Overall weakness and lethargy
  • Audible throat gurgling
  • Increased swallowing
  • Blue lips and gums

When resting or sleeping a cat will normally take in 24 to 30 breaths per minute – anything over 40 may need medical attention (remember, cats may breathe faster when excited or purring). Snoring or loud breathing when resting is not necessarily a sign of asthma.