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Pneumonia (Interstitial) in Cats



Cats with severe symptoms should be actively treated in hospital. This is especially important if your cat is exhibiting respiratory distress, in which case an oxygen mask will be used for administering oxygen therapy. Antimicrobial medication to prevent secondary bacterial infection is often prescribed.


Additional medication is dependent upon the underlying cause for the interstitial pneumonia; your veterinarian will advise you on the appropriate medications and home treatment.


Living and Management


Following initial treatment, activity should be restricted, and exposure to any harmful substances, such as dust, vapor, chemical fumes, or tobacco smoke, should be avoided. Administer medications on a regular basis and in full, as prescribed by your veterinarian, and schedule regular follow-up visits.




While there are many causes of interstitial pneumonia, there are a few things cat owners can do to help prevent the development of this disease.


  1. Properly vaccinate your cat.
  2. Bring it to your veterinarian for regular deworming.
  3. Place inhalation hazards, such as materials that give off toxic fumes, in a safe and secure area that is out your pet's reach.



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