5 Ways to Help Your Cat With Asthma

*I received the medicine in exchange for my honest opinion. I had used this medicine prior to receiving it for review”

My cat hasn’t always had asthma, but it seemed to appear the older she got and the more weight she gained. She’s 15 and about 16 lbs which is heavy for a cat her size.

My cat started having coughing fits about 4 years ago, which I was clueless about. It wasn’t her typical hairball hacking or her gorge on food then throwing it up head movement that I was used to. These seemed to last longer and sounded raspy. I found videos on YouTube of people videoing their cats who had asthma, which sounded and looked identical to what my Yasmine was going through.

I ended up taking her to the vet and explained the symptoms. He checked everything out and she looked and sounded fine. But, they wanted to do this expensive x-ray imaging which I kindly denied. I told them I preferred her to get a steroid shot because I am pretty sure it was cat asthma and that’s what they use to calm the inflammation down.

It took a couple days for the asthmatic attacks to calm down, but I researched and researched until I finally came up with a plan…

 

5 Ways to Help Your Cat With Asthma

1.) First, take your cat to the vet to get cat checked over. If your cat needs a steroid shot to calm the inflammation, state that to the vet. You’re the boss, not the vet. I had to do this first since she was coughing 10 times a day.

2.) Start a Grain-free cat food diet. Cats are not meant to eat grains. They’re carnivores, so removing grains is essential in having a healthy cat, or dog for that matter. I started purchasing Blue Buffalo grain-free cat food since I can usually find it on sale on Amazon.

3.) Use dust-free unscented cat litter. The perfume-y and dusty cat litter arm & hammer that I was buying, was doing more damage than good. I liked it because it was cheap and covered up the smell decently, but when I’d pour the litter into her kitty toilet, I’d  cough a little from the dust cloud, so I can only imagine how she felt every time she jumped into her box to do her business and brewed up a dust storm while trying to cover up her scent. So now I have been using Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter because it’s pretty much dust-free. The only bad thing is it doesn’t mask the smell very well but that’s okay because I have this handy dandy Litter Genie for cleaning out her poo.

I hadn’t scooped out her litter box in a couple days which brought on the ammonia smell, which started up her attacks again, so now I have to make sure I clean it every time she goes.

4.) Get an all natural medicine like Petalive Amazapet Pills and Petalive Amazapet Spray. These are the only 2 things that I have really found that actually work!

PetAlive AmazaPet is a 100% natural blend of herbal and homeopathic ingredients specially selected for the supporting respiratory health in pets. Presented in convenient lactose tablets, AmazaPet is easy to administer without fussing or fighting. Contains no gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Respiratory issues can affect animals as much as they affect us. When your pet suffers from respiratory difficulties, it is usually due to inflammation and spasm of the airways as well as excessive production of mucus. This leads to difficulty in breathing.

Use PetAlive AmazaPet To

  • Support a healthy respiratory system
  • Maintain respiratory functioning
  • Support proper allergic response in pets
  • Relax bronchioles

The pills are small enough that you can stick it in your cat’s mouth without any problems. Well, the only problem is not getting it back far enough in the throat so they end up spitting it out of their mouth. When I thought I got it correctly in her mouth, I’d find the tiny pill the next morning on the floor. So be sure to check the mouth to see if it has actually been swallowed since you don’t want little kids to find them laying around.

The spray is nice for this very reason since you can either spray it in their mouths or on their food and mix it up. I tried squirting in her mouth and she didn’t like it, so now I use it on her food and she has no problem eating it. It doesn’t have a scent, so that is great!

5.) Don’t smoke or use any perfume sprays, carpet deodorizers or chemicals which can all cause flare-ups. You may want to invest in an air purifier to make sure the air in the home is free of allergens.

After doing all of these, I can gladly say that her 10 attacks a day have lessened to 1 every few days. I will continue to give her the Amazapet products for as long as she lives because they’re what works. Your vet may say you need an inhaler, but I suggest trying these options first.

Hope these help you as well if you’re dealing with a cat who has asthma.

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22 comments on “5 Ways to Help Your Cat With Asthma

  1. I must admit that I never knew that cats could get asthma. Poor little kitties! Glad to know that there are lots of resources for them, just like us!

  2. My cat hazel had an incident with laundry stain remover when she was a kitten. Ever since, she has had respiratory problems. This PetAlive product sounds like a great option for her.

  3. I would just like to add to get an air purifier and a vacuum with a HEPA filter to this list as those seem to help the most when it comes to breathing problems…both pets and humans.

  4. What an interesting post! I never knew that cats could get asthma! It makes sense to get vet checked and dustless litter, but i didn’t realize that grain free would help! Great post!

  5. These are great tips! I’ve no experience with a cat that has asthma but it’s always good to learn how to deal should we encounter it in the future. It’s tough when it’s our pets who have health issues because we can’t always determine what they’re feeling.

  6. It is so crazy how sick our pets can get! Just like little & big humans. My old dog had horrible allergies, he was allergic to GRASS! Grass! It was insane. My boss has cats I’ll definitely pass along this info to him!

  7. I don’t know a whole lot about cats, so cats having asthma is new to me. We live on a large piece of land and have toyed with the idea of getting a cat. Great information, I am all for homeopathic options.

  8. This is really helpful. I didn’t know that cat could also have an asthma. I’m really glad to know this.

  9. I’ve never heard of a cat having asthma before. I guess they are mammals like us though and have similar medical conditions to deal with. Learn something new everyday!

  10. Great article, the most important tip I think though is maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause your cat to struggle with breathing.

  11. Hi,
    I wanted to know can I crush the pill up in her food? I believe I did read that you can somewhere else but I can’t seem to find that article again lol.

  12. Great article. Thank you so much for posting. Do you have your kitty on an inhaler? My vet and I suspect my cat has asthma…but I can’t imagine giving her steroids…or even dealing with an inhaler. Obviously, I’ll do what’s right for my cat! Just curious to see if you have to use the inhaler at all.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kim, my cat passed at the end of November so I am still heartbroken even speaking about her. She wasn’t on an inhaler or steroids. The asthma had disappeared for a year or 2 after I gave her the PetAlive Amazapet respiratory pills, but eventually, it came back. I say try the pills first with the recommended dosage on the bottle and if that doesn’t help your cat, you may need steroid shots and the inhaler. I wish you and your kitty good health!

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