The dust over summer and then the flowering grasses this autumn have exacerbated the symptoms of many asthmatic cats. Coughing and wheezing are the main signs of asthma in cats, and sometimes a strong bronchospasm causes breathing distress, anxiety and occasionally death.
Cats with asthma squat with their necks extended and their elbows out and cough. They are not bringing up a hairball. They are trying to breathe through narrowed airways. This is what a moderately asthmatic cat looks like:
If asthma is not treated the lung becomes more and more inflamed and infection is likely. A bad attack can cause death.
Cortisone in the form of tablet initially and through an inhaler/spacer like the Aerokat eventually is the foundation of asthma treatment in the cat. Some cats also need a drug like Ventolin to open up the airways.
Many videos on giving your cat the Aerokat are available on the internet. This is one we liked with a more subtle asthma attack:
Training your cat to the Aerokat requires patience and a sense of humour...