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Any other symptoms present? Sneezing, loss of appetite, etc?
Sorry for the delay, I had an emergency come in.
I'd wonder about neurologic function, possible changes to the nerves of the larynx.
Inflammation (laryngitis) is also possible, but if that is the case it should be resolving soon.
Polyps could cause this, too, either benign or malignant.
Renal disease could possibly cause this as well.
Here is what I would do: see your veterinarian for basic blood work to rule out kidney issues or other metabolic cause. Then if everything is normal, if this continues for another month, I would consider referral for an MRI to check for polyps.
Ideally the MRI would be with a neurologist so that they could check for nerve function at the same time.
Blood work is not expensive, but everything beyond that is expensive, unfortunately, so if those are not an option and blood work is normal, I would try steroids and antibiotics to try treating for laryngitis and possible infection.
Polyps are just like they are in humans... they are little growths of tissue that can be benign or malignant.
In humans they occur most often in the colon, but in cats they occur in the resp tract.
Yes, but they can be benign.
Not an emergency at all. Especially if the cat is normal otherwise.
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