Cat Articles, Symptoms

Coughing in Cats

Healthy cats occasionally cough due to transient irritation of the respiratory system from environmental contaminants such as dust or fumes.  Persistent coughing at a higher than normal frequency has many potential causes.

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first.   Less common causes are listed later.

Low Appetite, Decreased Enthusiasm for Food, or Finicky Eating Behavior in Cats and Dogs

Finicky eating behavior and decreased appetite are often related in cats and dogs.  Food preferences and minor behavioral issues are responsible for many instances of finicky eating behavior.

However, a very large number of diseases suppress appetite in pets.   Pets with suppressed appetites may eat less, or may become more selective (finicky) about what they eat.

Common Non-medical Causes

More common causes are listed first. Less common causes are listed later.