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Coughing and sneezing 3 months

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Coughing and sneezing in a 15-year-old Scottish Fold cat for a duration of three months can be concerning, as these symptoms can be indicative of several underlying health issues. Given the age of your cat, it's important to consider age-related conditions that could be contributing to these symptoms.
Chronic coughing and sneezing can be caused by respiratory infections, such as feline herpesvirus or feline calicivirus, which are common in cats. However, since these symptoms have been ongoing for several months, other causes such as asthma, allergies, dental disease, or even more serious conditions like heart disease or tumors should be considered.
For respiratory issues, ensuring that your cat is in a well-ventilated environment free from irritants like smoke, dust, or strong perfumes can help. You can also use a humidifier to moisten the air, which may provide some relief for your cat's symptoms.
Dental disease can cause sneezing and nasal discharge if there is an infection that has spread to the nasal passages. Regular dental care and a diet that helps maintain dental health can be beneficial.
If your cat has not been diagnosed with a specific condition, it's important to monitor for other signs of illness, such as changes in appetite, weight loss, lethargy, or difficulty breathing. These could indicate a more serious underlying condition that would require immediate veterinary attention.
In the case of asthma, which is not uncommon in older cats, you might notice wheezing or labored breathing in addition to coughing and sneezing. Asthma can sometimes be managed with medications that reduce inflammation and dilate the airways, but a proper diagnosis is essential.
Since your cat is a Scottish Fold, it's also worth noting that this breed can be prone to certain genetic conditions, such as osteochondrodysplasia, which affects cartilage and bone development. While this condition is primarily known for affecting the limbs and tail, it can also impact other parts of the body.
Given the prolonged duration of the symptoms and the potential for serious underlying causes, it would be advisable to have a thorough veterinary examination. The vet may recommend diagnostic tests such as blood work, x-rays, or an ultrasound to get a clearer picture of your cat's health.
In the meantime, keep your cat comfortable, ensure she is eating and drinking well, and try to minimize stress in her environment. If you notice any worsening of symptoms or additional signs of distress, it would be prudent to seek veterinary care promptly.
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