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Can cats get laryngitis?

  1. Faith Reaper profile image88
    Faith Reaperposted 2 years ago

    Can cats get laryngitis?

    My cat, George, is an in-door/out-door cat.  I noticed this morning when he came in from outside, that when he tried to meow, there was no sound coming out of his mouth.  If so, what can they be given for a sore throat?  Thank you for answering.

    The photo is my photo of George next to Big Bear and Larry, the surprised cucumber ...


  2. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 2 years ago

    Personally when I thought my cats may have something like that I would put a little olive oil in with some moist cat food or pour liquid from tuna over some hard or soft food either one. In fact I read lately the olive oil is good to prevent fur balls but don't do it too often because it can give them diarrhea. If you just put a few drops I don't think it would ever be a problem but put a nice oil film on their throats and tongue.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, wow, Jackie, I would have never thought of olive oil but it makes perfect sense for sure! I will try that and let you know thank you!

    2. fpherj48 profile image77
      fpherj48posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Faith."Hair ball" was my first thought too.My "Tommy" has a strange meow. It's not very loud at all and sounds like he's stuttering!  He was a stray wandering the street. And has a spinal issue. He definitely needed a home & love! Good luck!

    3. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Paula.  He has been trying to cough up something but like his usual hairball cough.  He still is not meowing, but does purr?  He seems okay otherwise.

  3. Bob Bamberg profile image94
    Bob Bambergposted 2 years ago

    Yes they can, Faith.  It can be caused by bacterial or viral or infections, parasites; or they can inhale allergens or irritants.  Or they perhaps can suffer a tracheal injury or irritation.   And, of course, there's always the grim possibility of cancer.  One would think that an indoor/outdoor cat would be more susceptible to any of those causes.  My own cat, an indoor cat, would ghost-meow or meow in a whisper on occasion.   But if your cat's hoarse meow is persistent, I'd check with the vet.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Oh dear, Bob, that is a bit scary for sure!  Well, his is like a ghost meow and not a hoarse sound, so maybe that is a good sign.  Yes, maybe time for a Vet trip for sure.  Hmm, well, I just remembered he was having a bit of a hoarse meow last week.

  4. Romeos Quill profile image81
    Romeos Quillposted 2 years ago

    Aw Faith! That photo just about cracked me up. Perhaps your poor George has nothing left to say. Go easy on the olive oil though or he might start speaking Italian smile On a serious note, a trip to the veterinary surgeon wouldn't go amiss. Here's hoping your furry pudding makes a comeback real soon.
    Love your humour and best wishes to you and your family.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hahaha, Romeos, that photo does seem to crack everyone up. Larry, the cucumber, may be more relaxed now that he realizes George does not care to eat cucumbers!  Yes, maybe time for a Vet visit.  I'm so happy to see you popping in here.  Hugs

  5. Sparklea profile image76
    Sparkleaposted 2 years ago

    Hi dear friend Faith!
    Our cat Frodo has bad asthma and his purr is usually a gurgle sound most of the time.  This, along with his diabetes for which he receives 2 insulin shots a day...he is very high maintenance, and I won't even go into how much money we have spent at the vet, checking his glucose, and on and on.

    Regarding George (LOVE the picture) I read all the other comments and I agree.  Alsom If I were you I would watch him closely...see if he is not eating or drinking, acting strange, and does he purr?

    I am so attached to our cats, that I just panic if any change...it would not hurt to telephone your vet and just ask if you think George should be seen.

    Sometimes our cats will give a 'silent meow' which is normal, but if he cannot meow at all, I would really keep an eye on him. 

    PLEASE give updates.  I am going to try to get an email to you.  God bless, Sparklea wink

    1. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Dear Lea, I know how much you love your cats and care for them. George is eating some and purrs, but no meow sound is coming out of his mouth yet.  If he doesn't start meowing soon, we will take him on to the vet.  Thank you for caring.  God bless

    2. MizBejabbers profile image90
      MizBejabbersposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Sparklea, I have a cat that developed diabetes several years ago, and he is 14 now and skin and bones. He, too, gets 2 insulin shots per day plus the special diet. And yes, we love the expensive little things. How old is your cat?

    3. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi All and MizB, I meant to tell you MizB thank you for saying how beautiful George is and I am not sure what he is though.  Good news, he meowed tonight!  I think the spray of olive oil may have helped. Tx Jackie

    4. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Glad to hear the olive oil worked, Faith. I have cats too and was interested to hear what people had to say about this. I haven't had the problem, but it always helps to be aware of issues that can catch you by surprise.

    5. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      For sure, Sha, that one caught me by surprise and I was delighted one little pump spray of olive oil on his food worked! So, I appreciate Jackie for telling me about it.

  6. MizBejabbers profile image90
    MizBejabbersposted 2 years ago

    I say yes, too. We had a cat that had allergies, and each allergy season he would go outside and come back with runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and all the symptoms that humans exhibit. He had a rich Siamese voice (don't know where that came from) but he could get hoarse. We never did do anything for his allergies because they didn't get to the stage for intervention. They were just annoying.
    Years ago, we had a cat that all of a sudden couldn't meow, wouldn't eat, and avoided me. After I finally coaxed him home, my husband discovered that Spats had a bone stuck in his throat, and it had to be removed because he couldn't cough it up or swallow it. Later a neighbor told me that she had thrown out some pork for the neighborhood dogs to eat. That's where he got the bone.
    George is beautiful and looks like a cat my son had. Is he Maine Coon? I hope he gets better without having to resort to medication. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, especially in cats.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image88
      Faith Reaperposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, dear, about the bone ...you know, MizB, George had been acting like he needs to cough up something but not like a furball or anything ...I sure hope there is nothing stuck in his throat! He still is not meowing but seems fine otherwise. Thank you