Meow wheezing: What is it? How to tackle it?

Atchoo! 

Bless you, dear.
It’s a common, rather involuntary expression that near and dear ones tend to say if you sneeze or cough, or if something is wrong with your health.

It’s a common, rather involuntary expression that near and dear ones tend to say if you sneeze or cough, or if something is wrong with your health.

It comes out straight from the heart, with a pure intention. We humans really care and love those who hold a special place in our hearts. Any hassle that our loved ones go through is always taken care of. A few words of consolation, like ‘Are you fine dear?’ or ‘Please take care, and let me know if you need anything. I am there for you’ have the power to heal any physical illness or low point in life, knowing that there is indeed someone who cares for you and wants your well-being.

But what about our dear pets?




Does your meow walk up to you, sit down and speak to you about how it feels? Does it shout out your name when its stomach hurts, or when there a skin irritation?
I guess not. But how then do should we know if our kitty is suffering? What if it may be going through a very severe situation, like, wheezing? We might mistake the wheezing to be yet another cute sound that our cats may be making. But, is it really just a sweet gesture, or an indication for something much serious?
Lets us try and understand what exactly could be causing uneasiness to our furry buddies!




1) Hooman, what is wheezing exactly?

Wheezing is a sound similar to whistling. You may notice a distinct noise coming from your meow’s nose when it breathes, or when it is sneezing or coughing. At first, this may not seem harmful, but it could be pretty bad indeed. Wheezing generally happens the air passage canal of your kitty’s throat has a blockage of some kind. This makes it difficult for air to pass through, resulting in a reduction of an adequate supply of oxygen to the lungs. It may not seem like a problem if our dear meow stops wheezing after a while. But it could be worrisome if meow continues wheezing. It may not be able to vocally tell you, but hooman, you better take it seriously!




2) Why is meow throat wheezing?

There could be multiple reasons as to why your kitty is having a tough time breathing. The blockages that restrict the complete passage of air may have formed due to many factors, like dust or germs, a large food particle which may be stuck, a certain throat infection that may have lead to swelling or inflammation in the throat, or one of the most common reasons, which is the formation of hair or fur balls (mainly due to excess self-grooming resulting in accumulation of fur in the tummy) that restrict airflow. In some cases, this could also happen due to the presence of worms in the lungs, making the distribution of oxygen uneven and irregular.

Scary, isn’t it? It hurts to see our baby in pain. Cats hold a special place in the heart, especially if you are a parent to one, or many (i.e. heaven). Now that we know the reasons for wheezing, let us hop on to the details on how to help our kitty during this time!




3) What to do!

Wheezing can be mistaken for a normal throw up. But if your kitty is still finding it difficult to breathe, or you still hear the sound from its nose, it is highly advisable that you immediately take it to a vet for proper medical examination. One of the other reasons for wheezing to happen can also be an infection in the throat, which in turn can lead to a normal cold and cough to escalate and become a hassle. Also, a key aspect of wheezing can point towards the possibility of asthma, which is basically shortfall of breath. Certain vets can also recommend special breathers and inhalers to deal with kitty asthma. When wheezing happens, kitties can resume breathing normally once the clutter in the throat clear out, but if it doesn’t, do not wait or assume, but rush and get your kitty to the vet you silly servant!

4) How do I prevent it from happening?

Normally, wheezing is caused due to some kind of external, which eventually leads to inflammation or swelling. Our dear meow could also be allergic to certain kinds of liquids or any kind of microscopic particles in the air. It is vital to try and keep your cat’s surroundings clean and probably try and identify if it is allergic to any specific item in its vicinity at an early stage. By doing so you can maintain a hygienic routine for your furry buddy, which is dust free and germ-free.


It is also advisable to clean their soft paws regularly, along with their toys and things. This activity should be strictly done especially after outdoor visits. It can help in clearing any dust or dirt off their paws. Regular check-ups and visits to the vet are important and probably the best way to ensure they remain healthy and free from illness.

As mentioned above, in case your cat has been diagnosed with asthma, ensure you are always around to help with the inhaler. They can’t do it by themselves hooman!


If you have multiple cats at home, please make sure you take care of all your babies equally. Something as delicate as wheezing can be really hazardous for them. Also, there is a high chance that they might end up infecting the others. Therefore, it is up to you, dear hooman, to be there, doing your duty as a faithful servant, and cater to the critical needs of your master. Do not fail to do so, else you shall be banned from the kingdom, only to suffer the pain and loss! Meows are too proud, so it is up to us to understand them and love them unconditionally!



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