How To Recognize The symptoms of Pneumonia in Cats: Causes & Treatment

September 13, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Pneumonia in Cats

  • Pneumonia in cats is an infection of the lungs. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or inhalants.
  • Generally cats with decreased immune systems, very young or aged cats, and malnourished or neglected cats are most prone to this infectious process.

Symptoms and Signs of Feline Pneumonia

  • Your cat will have high fevers and a bubbly sound in the chest area from fluids building up. There may be a very fast pulse and respiration’s.
  • There may be a productive or dry cough.
    Do not suppress the cough with cough medicine. It is important for the cat to get those secretions up and out of the body.
  • The cat will have a decreased appetite, partly because he cannot smell the food. You can serve warmed foods that are more appeasing to the appetite with the aromas present.

Treatment for Inflammation of Lung in Felines ( Pneumonia)?

  • Another way to stimulate the sick cat’s appetite is to serve very pungent foods like fish and tuna.
  • In the home, add moisture to the air to facilitate breathing with a humidifier.
    Keep the cat warm and dry.
  • Treat fevers with cool compresses to the belly or a cool bath. Dry your pet well with a hair dryer on low heat. Do not allow the cat to chill and shiver. Cover with a light blanket.
  • Prevent dehydration. Encourage fluids and have them readily available. You can give unflavored sports drinks in the pets water or food, or via syringe if need be. The cat must stay hydrated.
  • Notify a vet right away in cats with pneumonia.
  • As pneumonia progresses, it begins to get harder for the cat to get oxygen. You may see a bluish tint to the gums and mouth due to low oxygen levels.

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