Can a cat get laryngitis?
The larynx of your cat performs several functions, including allowing your cat to vocalize, which is why the larynx is also known as your cat's voicebox. If your cat's larynx is affected by an underlying health condition, his or her ability to meow will suffer.
If your kitty is diagnosed with laryngitis it means that your cat's larynx has become inflamed due to irritation, illness, or a blockage within the throat.
What causes cat laryngitis?
Cat laryngitis is frequently caused by infectious diseases such as upper respiratory infections (cat cold or URI), calicivirus, or rhinotracheitis, but there are a variety of other conditions that can cause your cat to lose their voice, including:
- Inhaled irritants, such as smoke or dust
- Blockage in the larynx
- Object lodged in the throat
- Paralysis of laryngeal nerve
- Growth in the throat (benign, cancerous
- Eosinophilic granuloma complex
- Throat cancer
What are the most common cat laryngitis symptoms?
The symptoms of laryngitis that your cat displays will depend upon the underlying cause but may include:
- Changes in your cat's vocalizations
- Dry, harsh cough that may be painful
- Noisy breathing
- Lowered head while standing
- Open mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- High-pitched breathing
- Increased effort to breathe
- Bad breath
If your cat's laryngitis is being caused by a virus or cat cold you may also notice symptoms of a common cold such as:
- Watery eyes
- Discharge from eyes
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy
If your cat exhibits any of the above symptoms, a trip to the vet is in order. While laryngitis caused by a viral illness may resolve on its own within a few days in some cases, the underlying cause may be serious and necessitate veterinary care.
It's important to keep in mind that a sore throat could also lead to difficulties breathing and an inability to eat, both of which are symptoms that deserve immediate veterinarian care.
What is the typical cat laryngitis treatment?
Treatment for your kitty's laryngitis will depend upon the underlying cause.
If your vet detects a buildup of fluid in the larynx a diuretic may be prescribed. If your kitty is showing signs of pain your vet may prescribe a mild painkiller to help your cat to feel better.
If a foreign substance becomes lodged in your cat's throat, surgery may or may not be required to remove the object; however, once the object is removed, your feline friend will be able to meow again.
If your cat's loss of vocalizations is caused by eosinophilic granuloma, he or she may be treated for parasites, as this condition is frequently caused by an exaggerated immune response to insect bites. For this condition, corticosteroids or steroids may be prescribed.
Running a humidifier at home and gently wiping away any eye or nasal discharge from your cat's face with a soft damp cloth can help your cat feel more comfortable as they recover from laryngitis. Improving your cat's immune system with a better diet and supplements may also be advised.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.