The loss of voice does not happen only to humans: cats can also become voiceless. There are many causes for the loss of a cat’s voice, ranging from a simple cold to cancer. Fortunately, it is very often harmless.
Sometimes a cat is voiceless just because it meows too much. If the loss of voice is easily spotted, some investigations are necessary to determine the cause and ensure that your kitty is out of danger.
HOW THE CAT’S VOCAL CORDS WORK
Like humans, the cat expresses itself through its vocal cords: they allow it to meow, growl, in short, to express itself. It has two vocal cords that can stretch and relax to produce sound.
They are located in the larynx, an organ in the throat that circulates air between the lungs and outside. The larynx contains a membrane, called the epiglottis, which closes during the passage of food.
VOICELESS CAT: SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTS
What are the causes of loss of voice in cats?
Loss of voice in cats is often caused by an infection of the larynx. This infection may be due to a virus, such as coryza, or to irritation caused by inhaling smoke or a chemical. A foreign body can also nestle in the vocal cords and cause voice loss.
A loss of voice is also sometimes a sign of a serious illness such as laryngeal palsy, which can lead to respiratory distress, tumor, or hyperthyroidism.
Symptoms of a loss of voice in cats
A cat is considered voiceless when no sound comes out of its mouth. Its meows may also change in tone or become more hoarse. These changes indicate a problem with the vocal cords or larynx. A cat with a loss of voice may also appear listless, cough, have a fever, have difficulty feeding, and their breathing may be wheezy or more difficult than usual.
How to diagnose a loss of voice in cats?
If your cat becomes voiceless or meows strangely, you will easily notice this, however, a veterinarian can more accurately diagnose the reasons for their condition. The symptoms of coryza, which can cause loss of voice, are easily spotted: the cat has runny eyes and nose, has a fever, and sneezes.
On the other hand, it is more difficult to spot sore throat, pneumonia, or stuck hairs in the cat’s throat on your own. X-ray, CT scan, or endoscopy may be needed.
How To treat a voiceless cat?
Depending on the cause of the loss of voice, the vet will prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs. If a foreign body is present, it will need to be removed by endoscopy or surgery. If it is a tuft of hair or food, the vet can give you advice on feeding the cat or instruct you to brush it regularly.
If your cat seems prone to colds or respiratory infections, you can try to provide relief with homeopathy.
CAN WE PREVENT VOICE EXTINCTIONS IN CATS?
It is difficult to prevent all the causes of voice loss in cats. Providing them with quality food that is appropriate for their age will help them stay healthy for longer. Cats can also be offered dietary supplements to boost their immune systems and help them fight off all kinds of health problems.
In addition, household products, food, and small items with which they could poison, choke, or injure themselves should be kept out of reach of cats.