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Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
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My female cat keeps coughing she is eating normal maybe drinking

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My female cat keeps coughing she is eating normal maybe drinking more water. She coughs when she exerts herself . Running or jumping. Sometimes picking her up can set her off. Otherwise she is perfectly fine. Any ideas
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 years ago.
I am sorry to hear about Missy. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.

There are many things that makes cats cough. Asthma, infections, heartworm (rare but does happen), lungworm, and heart disease are all possibilities.

If I could, I wold begin by examining her. Do her gums look a normal bright pink, even when she is coughing? Has she lost any weight at all? I would listen closely to her heart and lungs, feel her pulses, maybe check her blood pressure. I would also consider testing for parasites like lung and heart worm.

So a good physical examination would be where I would start.

Please let me know what else I can answer or help with.