Why Does My Cat Sound Hoarse?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
That could be caused by a number of things!

If your cat isn’t showing any other signs of being unwell, I’d probably wait a day or two to see if the hoarseness goes away by itself.

If it doesn’t, or if the hoarseness gets worse, it’s time to take your cat to the vet!

Dust and Allergens
A hoarse, dry throat can be caused by plant allergies, or dust that your cat might have ingested. This is particularly likely if there are fields or dusty areas near your house.

However, if your cat doesn’t leave the house, you can probably rule this one out!

Sore Throat
Has your cat been particularly vocal recently? It’s quite common for cats to lose their voice after a run-in with another cat, as they tend to make a lot of noise when they’re fighting.

Make sure that your cat has a clean supply of water, and keep an eye on him to check if he’s drinking regularly. If he’s not, there might be another problem.

Your cat might have a cold, or a throat infection - it’s probably nothing serious, but you don’t want to take any risks.

If the hoarseness sticks around, then you should definitely take your cat to the vet - he might need antibiotic treatment in order to get better. You risk making it worse if you leave it!
Jo Nol Profile
Jo Nol answered
There is something called Kennel cough that cats get, which is caused by a respiratory virus.

However, cats can get a whole range of other respiratory infections too, many of which cause a cough. Some of these need to be treated with an antibiotic, so you may need to take your cat to a vet.

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