A small percentage of felines have asthma with symptoms that are similar to what humans’ experience. If you are a pet owner who has a cat with asthma, then you must provide specialized care for the animal. Here are some tips that are recommended by veterinarians for caring for your pet when it has asthma.
Keep Your Home Clean
Household dust and pollen will affect your beloved pet’s lungs, leading to coughing, sneezing and wheezing. Eliminate the clutter from your home so that that the items won’t become covered with dust. Mop or vacuum the floors and carpets of your home frequently. Use a damp cloth to clean surfaces rather than pushing dirt onto the floors or into the air. In addition, make sure to keep your cat’s bed and climbing shelves clean.
Dust-free Kitty Litter
Your cat likely has a litter box, but rather than buying any type of kitty litter, look for the variety that doesn’t create dust. Companies make this type of kitty litter for pet owners who can’t tolerate the dust from the substance, but it is also beneficial for your cat. Make sure to change the litter box frequently by dumping the dirty litter into a trash bag before removing it from your home.
Proper Climate Control in a Home
A high-quality furnace or residential air conditioning can help with the air circulation in a home along with removing the dust particles from the air. A knowledgeable technician can clean and maintain your current climate-control equipment, or alternatively, you can have new devices installed that work better than the old equipment does. Having a steady or regulated climate in a home can help your asthmatic cat to have less respiratory distress.
Keep the Air Moist
Keeping the air moist in a home can reduce the chances of a breathing attack, so you should use small portable humidifiers, or alternatively, you can have a whole-house humidifier installed on a home’s air conditioner or furnace system. Make sure to maintain the cleanliness of the humidifier by cleaning it to remove bacteria along with changing its filter regularly.
Prescription Medication from a Veterinarian
Take your cat to a veterinarian for an examination to determine if there are prescription medications that will help your pet. A veterinarian can prescribe corticosteroids for your cat’s lung inflammation, and it is also possible for you to help your cat with a bronchodilator. You will need a special mask for your cat to breathe in the medications that will expand the animal’s airways.
Boost Your Cat’s Immune System
In addition to medication and keeping pollutants out of the air, you should boost a cat’s immune system with a healthy diet of high-quality pet food or dietary supplements. These are just some of the ways you can help your feline companion live a happy, healthy life even with breathing problems.