|Healthy cat! I couldn't find a picture of a cat that had lost its voice. Photo by Mindaugas Lickus (Flickr).|
The symptoms are loss of voice as mentioned and hoarseness. The common causes of a cat losing its voice are a chronic cough and excessive meowing. These strain the vocal cords.
Laryngitis can also be associated with:
- throat infections
- inhalant allergies
- tumors in the throat although this is rare
- See Feline URIs
Clearly if the cat is coughing a lot the cause needs to be assessed and treated. The page on cat coughing deals with when we can and can't treat a cat cough ourselves. Most often we cannot if it is chronic. In which case a veterinarian is required.
Some cats are very quiet and have silent voices. This is simply a cat characteristic. British Shorthairs are like this.
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