Q. He threw up this morning and had an asthma attack(what we think is an asthma attack). He doesn’t have these very often. The last time he had one was 6-7 months ago or even longer. The only unique thing that happened is that he went in the backyard

Tue, Aug 15, 2023

He threw up but he also was making weird sounds and breathing weird. I think it was an asthma attack. We think it’s because he was in the backyard and he may have eaten some wild bushes/plants.

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Asthma in cats is a respiratory condition that can cause difficulty in breathing due to inflammation and constriction of the airways. It's more common in cats than you might think. Common triggers include allergies, environmental factors, and stress. Your cat's symptoms of coughing and labored breathing align with what could be an asthma episode.

It's worth considering the recent change in your cat's environment – going to the backyard and potentially ingesting plants or bushes. Some plants can be toxic to cats and might trigger both vomiting and respiratory distress. Additionally, allergies to pollen or other outdoor elements could also play a role in these symptoms.

While I'm not able to diagnose your cat without an examination, here are some steps you can take at home to help:

1. Keep a close eye on your cat's breathing, coughing, and overall behavior. If the breathing becomes more labored, or if your cat seems lethargic or unable to eat or drink, it's time to seek professional help.
2. Stress can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Provide a calm and quiet space for your cat, away from loud noises and other stressors.
3. Smoke, including cigarette smoke, can worsen asthma. Keep your home smoke-free.

If your cat's breathing becomes extremely labored, if he shows signs of distress such as open-mouth breathing, or if he becomes lethargic and refuses to eat or drink, these are clear indicators that you need to seek immediate veterinary care. Also, if vomiting persists or worsens, professional evaluation is necessary.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.