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My Cat Lost Its Voice, What Should I Do? Vet-Approved Tips

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So, your cat has caught a case of laryngitis and can’t meow like they usually do. Will your cat’s voice ever come back? Is there anything that you can do to help? The first thing to find out is what is causing the laryngitis. Then you can take steps to get your cat’s voice to come back. Here is what you should know and do if your cat loses their voice.


Why Cats Get Laryngitis

Unfortunately, there are many different reasons that a cat might develop laryngitis. It could be due to an upper respiratory infection or rhinotracheitis. Other issues that could cause laryngitis include:

  • A blocked larynx
  • A cancerous or benign growth in the throat
  • Irritant inhalation
  • Hyperthyroidism

The only way to determine exactly why your cat has developed laryngitis is to schedule a checkup and do testing with your veterinarian. If your vet is familiar with your cat’s background and medical history, they may have a good idea of what’s causing your cat’s laryngitis.

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Signs and Symptoms of Laryngitis in Cats

The signs and symptoms of laryngitis can vary depending on the specific cause of the ailment. Sometimes, your cat won’t show any signs other than the lost ability to meow. However, other signs might be present, such as:

  • A harsh, raspy cough
  • Wheezing or other noises while breathing
  • Bad breath
  • A continuously open mouth
  • Problems swallowing

If your cat displays any of these signs along with their loss of voice, chances are there is an underlying condition that needs to be addressed by your veterinarian. Write down any symptoms that you discover before consulting with your vet.

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How to Treat Your Cat’s Laryngitis

There is no one treatment option for laryngitis. The proper treatment protocol will depend on why your cat has developed laryngitis. Your veterinarian may choose to prescribe your kitty medication for conditions like an upper respiratory infection. If something is lodged in your cat’s throat, surgery may be necessary to completely remove said object. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause.

There are also a few different things that you can do at home to relieve your cat’s symptoms and any underlying problems. First, run a humidifier in the room where your kitty spends most of their time. This will help clear the throat and nasal passages so your cat can breathe easier.

You can also give your cat vet-recommended supplements, fruits, and vegetables to help boost their immune system so they can better fight off whatever problems they are facing and recover from their laryngitis more quickly. It is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat’s lifestyle or diet.

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Laryngitis is not a death sentence for cats, but underlying conditions that are causing the laryngitis must be addressed promptly. Otherwise, more serious ailments may develop that could endanger the life of your feline family member. Therefore, even if the laryngitis does not seem to be serious, it is important to consult with your veterinarian.

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