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.
- 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.