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My cat's voice sounds hoarse

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My 4 year old cat has sounded funny for the past few days. He is normal in terms of eating and behavior. He doesn't seem to have a cold, no sneezing or extra discharge from his eyes. Any ideas as to what could be causing this? He kind of sounds like he's been smoking cigarettes.
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My 4 year old cat has sounded funny for the past few days. He is normal in terms of eating and behavior. He doesn't seem to have a cold, no sneezing or extra discharge from his eyes. Any ideas as to what could be causing this? He kind of sounds like he's been smoking cigarettes.
Could he have gotten into something that may have gotten into his lungs? I'd want to take him to the vet to get it checked out.
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It could be the beginning of a cold or congestion, but I would have him checked out just to be sure--it could also be signs of asthma or other disorders.
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Time for a vet to see kitty
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The same thing happened to my sister's 12 year old cat after a feisty new kitten was brought into the house. The kitten kept chasing and jumping on the old cat so the old cat was hissing and meowing a lot. The old cat actually ended up losing his voice; he'd open his mouth to meow and no sound would come out. My sister took her cat to the vet and it ended up being nothing serious; it was just a case of a hoarse voice from hissing and meowing. It went away after about three days. I definitely think you should take your cat to the vet, but I wanted to give you hope that it wasn't necessarily something serious! Good luck.
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Those are symptoms for a vet to be aware of. Hope everything is ok.
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That happened to my Niko once. She was hoarse for two days, then returned to normal. No one could figure out why.
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Like Brigitte, we just introduced a new kitten to our home, and our 10-year-old cat has been doing a lot of meowing and hissing as the two grow accustomed to one another. The 10 year old has completely lost his voice, and the sounds he's making is not unlike that of a dry throat.

 

If it keeps up for a few more days, we'll definitely be bringing him to the vet for a look, but my understanding is that overuse of their vocal chords in this manner is a pretty common cause of hoarseness.

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