There are several causes behind sore throat in cats and as tutors it is our responsibility to detect it to know what steps we should follow. In this article of Animal Expert we will see what are the most common causes, what symptoms can indicate that our cat feels discomfort in that area and, having diagnosed the vet the reason, what would be the most appropriate treatment.
You have to know that cats have tendency to hide your discomforts, so we must pay attention to subtle changes that may occur since, otherwise, we may take time to provide treatment.
Sore throat symptoms in cats
Some signs can make us suspect that our cat feels discomfort in his throat. They are the following:
- Swallow frequently
- Extended neck
- Aphonia or hoarseness
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
- Careless cloak
- Masses in the area
Likewise, we can also observe that the cat has the swollen nodes in the neck area as a signal of reaction of your immune system to external pathogens.
This throat inflammation in cats It is one of the most common diseases in them, especially in the younger ones. Produced by herpesvirus and calicivirus, it consists of the inflammation of the trachea and nasal cavity so that symptoms such as ocular and nasal discharge, sneezing or sore throat appear in all affected cats. This prevents them from eating, losing smell and pain when swallowing.
Requires fast veterinary care since an animal that stops eating can become dehydrated and even die. In addition, if left untreated, eye damage can progress to ulceration and blindness. The throat infections in cats caused by bacteria they can appear secondary in rhinotracheitis.
In these cases it is treated with antibiotics, fluid therapy may be required and, above all, we have to get the cat to eat, for which we can use its favorite food or cans formulated for convalescence. Heating a little the food we offer stimulates your smell and, consequently, your appetite. It is a very contagious disease in cats.
Throat tumor in cats
Another situation in which we can detect a sore throat in cats occurs when a tumor appears in it. It is usually about masses that grow rapidly and, if done inward, they will be incompatible with life.
Cancer can be treated but, first, it is necessary to diagnose, by biopsy, what type it is. This will also inform us of its benign or malignant nature, which will allow the veterinarian to issue a prognosis.
Unfortunately pharyngeal tumors are usually malignant. Surgery may be used to remove the mass, radiotherapy or chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments.
My cat has something stuck in the throat
Another clinical picture compatible with sore throat in cats is the obstruction caused by the presence of a foreign body. Although it is more common in dogs, cats can also ingest objects such as plant fragments, bone or spines, splinters, threads, etc., that remain in the throat.
If our cat is restless, coughs, opens its mouth or touches it with its paws, seems to drown or we appreciate breathing difficulties, we may suspect that he has swallowed a foreign body.
We must come from urgency to the veterinarian since, if a complete occlusion of the air flow occurs, the cat will die of suffocation. It will be this professional who must recover the object, with endoscopy or surgery.
Finally, there are substances that they will act on the throat causing an irritation, more or less severe, that will cause a sore throat in cats. In general, by eliminating this agent, the cat will recover but, if not, the veterinarian will examine the cat and seek appropriate treatment for the damage that has occurred.
If we know the toxic involved, we must take the container, if necessary. Can be included in this point allergic reactions. The cat must be kept in a safe environment since its access to substances such as cleaners or bleach can end up injuring the throat or mouth if the cat licks them.
This article is purely informative, at ExpertAnimal.com we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.
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New research indicates signs of behavior change
There are a number of behaviors that animals acquire when they have a medical condition and that they are a symptom that they are suffering. A group of international veterinarians wanted to seek a veterinary consensus regarding behavioral signs that indicate pain in cats, and have published their conclusions in the prestigious journal Plos One.
The signs have been classified among "sufficient" signs (Its presence indicates that the cat suffers, but not necessarily present in all pain situations) and "necessary" signs (necessary if there is presence of pain, but not always indicative of pain).
Thus, the team led by Dr. Isabella Merola and Professor Daniel Mills of Lincoln University have identified 25 universal signs indicative of some type of pain in mininos that “they can help both veterinarians and owners to initially assess the status of cats pain in their care ”, as highlighted in the research findings.
2. Difficulty jumping
3. Walk abnormally
4. Go crestfallen or hunched over
5. He is reluctant to move,
6. Reacts to palpation in some area of the body
7. Removes or hides more than normal
8. No longer clean or lick effusively and obsessively only a part of your body
9. Has no appetite or has changed much the way you eat
10. You have no motivation for the game, if your activity in general decreases a lot
11. Avoid going to rub against people
12. Your behavior changes and is irritable
13. Your weight changes dramatically
14. Grunts or complains more often than we are used to hearing
These are some of the signs that indicate that we should take our cat to the vet, since they are indicative that something may be happening to you. But are not the only ones.
If we observe that the cat has uncontrollable eyelid spasms (blepharospasm) or that it reacts to very bright light, it could be indicative, the study concludes, of an eye disease. Those would be the alarm signs that would require the analysis of a veterinary professional.
Other signs of feline behavior such as standing longer, seeking more contact with the human, having more appetite, sleeping more or less, going with the tongue out or the mouth half-open or grinding the teeth, for example. It is not necessarily indicative of a cat ailment, according to the researchers in this study.
Otitits, conjunctivitis or allergy are several of the diseases that your cat can suffer
Felines are amazing pets, not only for their attractiveness and fur, but also for their developed senses, such as hearing or sight. If you own one or are thinking of welcoming or adopting one, you should inform yourself of many important things, including, about the diseases that your cat may suffer.
Next we will show you the 10 most common diseases of cats. But remember, the best way to prevent any disease is to meet the vaccination dates and keep up-to-date visits to the veterinarian.
It is an inflammation of the ear canal very common in dogs, but also in kittens and in adult cats. It can generate pain and, in more extreme cases, the hearing loss. It is usually caused by the presence of parasites such as mites (watch that your cat does not have a brown discharge in the ears when cleaned), but also by fungi or bacteria. If your cat has otitis, you will recognize it by the discomfort it shows when scratching or by the number of times it does.
It is one of the most frequent problems in cats that can occur at any age. It involves the inflammation of the mucosa of the eye (the lining that covers it and the inside of the eyelid). The cat may lose sight If it is not diagnosed and treated on time. It can be caused by eye infections, allergies, various diseases (those that affect the respiratory system), dirt from the environment, trauma or genetic problems. You will detect that your cat has conjunctivitis due to excess legañas, tearing or opacity of the cornea.
This disease causes a virus that is transmitted through saliva through the bite of an infected animal. It can be transmitted between species, from animals to humans and vice versa, and is controlled by a vaccine that in several places in Spain is mandatory. Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque Country are exempt from this obligation.
4. Feline leukemia
It's about a type of cancer It is transmitted by contact of body fluids, whether saliva, blood or urine. It usually affects small and young specimens more and can even produce death. The symptoms of this disease are lack of appetite, drowsiness, anemia, the appearance of tumors or weakness. To prevent your cat from leukemia vaccinate him.
5. Feline panleukopenia
Generally, panleukopenia is known as feline distemper, enteritis or infectious gastroenteritis. Is a deadly disease caused by a parvovirus and the most common symptoms are fever and later hypothermia, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, dehydration, anorexia and a significant drop in white blood cells and / or white blood cells. The treatment consists of intravenous hydration and antibiotics, although there is vaccination against this disease.
6. Feline immunodeficiency
Commonly known as the feline aids, it is a disease that can be fatal caused by the lentivirus. It usually affects non-sterilized adult cats and the symptoms that will make us suspect this disease are: mouth infections, respiratory diseases, intestinal infections, heavy weight loss, fungal diseases € It is transmitted by a bite from another infected animal and has no treatment nor can it be prevented with vaccination.
It is an infectious disease caused by a virus of the coronavirus family. The most notable symptoms are: fever, anorexia, increased abdominal volume and fluid accumulation in the abdomen, thus invading all the organs and systems of the body. It has no treatment, although there is vaccination against this disease It can become deadly, especially in young cats.
8. Gastrointestinal problems
Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite or weakness, are several of the symptoms of this disease that affects our pet, especially young specimens. It usually occurs when the cat ingests food in poor condition, although it can also be caused by a bacterial infection, a virus or by the presence of parasites. If you suspect this disease, go to the veterinarian urgently.
As with people, the urinary system becomes more problematic as the cat ages. They form minerals that clog the urinary tract, which causes pain when urinating, thirst, total absence of urination, licking of the urinary tract, vomiting or urinating in a place other than the litter box. There is treatment to eliminate minerals and also the cat has to follow a special diet.
Did you know that cats can also have allergies? As happens to us, felines can also be allergic to many different things, the most common are: plants, pollen, fungi, perfumes, cleaning products, tobacco smoke, flea bites, some foods and even humans. Your pussy will have an allergy when you identify the following symptoms: cough, sneezing, runny nose, eye discharge, itchy nose, itchy eyes, hair loss, skin infections, vomiting and diarrhea.