Natural Remedies for Feline Asthma – Good, Bad, or…What?

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Cats with asthma. Yep, it is weird. The good news is there are heaps of great natural remedies for feline asthma to compliment the doctor’s medicine. The common medications for feline asthma fall into two main types: corticosteroids and bronchodilators. Oral or inhaled corticosteroids such as prednisone or prednisolone are used to reduce the inflammation of the airways, but they can cause some nasty side effects including increased appetite and thirst, diabetes, weight gain and even some behavioural changes.Bronchodilators generally have minimal side effects, but should not be used alone as they can sometimes worsen the condition.

If your cat is experiencing the side effects of these medications, or if you just plain don’t like the idea of relying solely on synthetic drugs, you might be inclined to look into some natural remedies for feline asthma. Naturally (ha!) do your research and chat to your vet first, because as we know, every cat is a special snowflake and you just never know how they will react…to anything.


It All Starts With The Diet

When I say “natural treatment” or “natural remedy” what I mean is stuff other than synthetic drugs. Natural treatment commonly tackles inflammation and provides support to the immune system. It all begins with what goes in. An anti-inflammatory diet for cats focuses on Omega 3 fatty acids and can include foods such as:

  • Oily fish – salmon, sardines and trout are all ideal.Cat Sandwich - Natural Remedies For Feline Asthma
  • Freeze dried krill – high in Omega 3 plus a stack of other benefits that promote healing and support basically all bodily functions
  • Seaweed – boosts the immune system and contains anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being low in carbohydrates and easier for cats to digest than dirt vegetables.

Removing foods containing grains from your cat’s diet may help to reduce asthma symptoms, so read the labels and avoid anything with wheat, rice, corn or an abundance of preservatives.


What About Coconut Oil?

There’s a bit of mixed information about this. Although it seems coconut oil can have multiple benefits for cats, including support for the immune system and helping with hairballs, some vets don’t recommend giving it to kitty on a regular basis as it can upset the stomach and cause diarrhea. If you’re going to try it, talk to your vet first and introduce it to your cat’s diet slowly.

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Homeopathic Treatments and Feline Asthma – a Good Idea?

Certain homeopathic remedies can work for your asthma cat, but they should be used with caution and always in consultation with an appropriate holistic vet. It is not wise or responsible to simply treat your cat with a concoction you’ve read about on the internet, especially if you have no experience with such things. Homeopathy does require some degree of trial and error, so it’s best to enlist an expert to determine the quantities and combinations of these treatments.


Acupuncture, Reiki and Other ‘Woo-Woo’ Things

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Although it might seem strange to consider more ‘spiritual’ remedies for your cat’s asthma, you just never know what you might find if you look outside the box.

  • Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that centres around the belief that we all have energy cycles moving through our bodies to keep us healthy. When one of these energy points becomes blocked it causes illness or disease. Acupuncture works to unblock these energy points by inserting needles and allowing the energy to move freely once again. Interestingly, the ancient Chinese identified that cats have similar energy points in their bodies to humans, so a qualified veterinary acupuncturist will be able to treat your cat properly
  • Reiki is a non-invasive technique that can reduce stress and anxiety, aid healing, lessen the side effects of medications and improve behavioural problems. It is Japanese in origin, and like acupuncture, it works on your cat’s energy system. ‘Rei’ means ‘spirit’ and ‘ki’ means ‘energy’, so the word ‘Reiki’ literally translates to ‘spiritual energy’. Since the flow of Reiki is always towards perfect energetic balance, the practiceEasy Breather - Natural Remedies For Feline Asthma will find the problem and rebalance the energy correctly.
  • Flower Essences are natural remedies made from the essences and dew of flowers and are thought to provide relief for the stress and emotional responses to illness. The most well known is Bach Rescue Remedy, which has a formula specifically for pets, while Spirit Essences’ Easy-Breather formula is designed to help with upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and asthma in cats.

==> Check out my Rescue Remedy review here<== 


The Broken Record Part

Keep in mind that none of these things will cure your cat’s asthma and they should definitely not be used to replace your prescribed medications. Please always consult your vet before trying any alternative therapies.


Do you use natural remedies for your asthma cat? Which ones? Let us know in the comments…

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  1. It never occured to me that cats may get asthma and it must be quite upsetting for an owner to have to watch his beloved pet struggle to breath.
    Although I think that drugs have their place when all else fails, I would be more inclined to find a natural alternative treatment. Afterall, the asthma has probably occured not because a drug is missing in the cat but more likely because of an imbalance or lack of a nutrient. I know cats have different needs nutrionally than dogs but I give my dogs a little organic coconut oil each day. I’m sure it helps their coat and skin to stay healthy apart from the other benefits. My dogs also have a little Mg in their water as we know that this mineral is lacking in most water supplies. Humans with asthma are nearly always magnesium deficient and I can’t really see why this shouldn’t apply to all animals. Great post! Ches

    1. I agree, Ches. It’s never fun watching a loved one suffer and especially distressing knowing the poor animal has no idea what’s going on. Yes drugs have their place but it’s good to look at the whole problem rather than just focusing on the solution. I have always preferred to opt for natural preventative measures and lifestyle tweaks over just ‘fixing’ the illness with drugs, Sparrow’s medication is quite minimal and I’m sure that has a lot to do with the other things we do to keep him fit and healthy. I’m definitely going to do some research into magnesium deficiency in cats now that you mention it. Thanks!

  2. I like this, made me smile thinking about my cats.

    My cats would tear your hands to bits if you went near them with an acupuncture needle or tried to do reiki on them.

    They would also scratch your eyes out because you tried to stuff them into the carrier to get them to their reiki or acupuncture class…

    I would need a doctor…



    1. Neil your cats sound like absolute…cats. You never know though, they might like it!
      If you try it and live to tell the tale do come back and let me know. Cheers.

  3. Well, that was certainly enlightening. How can you tell that your precious puss has asthma to begin with? But I digress..

    This is certainly a very thorough post as I had no idea that cat reiki and acupuncture is an option when treating cats for anything. But as there are living breathing beings, I suppose it would be an option.

    thanks for your review.

  4. I use air purifiers in every room 24/7. (Never use the ionic ones!) Using the purifiers have helped so much but when pollen season is worse, like this year for us, she needs more. So I bought a couple Pink Himalayan Salt lamps. Too early to know but it can’t hurt. Supposed to help asthma and other things. Also just started the coconut oil. I’m always looking for something natural to help her. I too am interested in the mg deficiency….please post if you learn more!

    1. Hi Shelly,

      interesting that you mention air purifiers, I just did a bit of research and wrote about it here! You’re spot on about never using the ionic kind. I have a Himalayan salt lamp in my bedroom, it’s beautifully calming. The only thing you want to be careful of with cats is the salt, which can be toxic. Some cats will go nuts licking salt lamps, some (like Sparrow) won’t even care. Probably best to keep them out of reach of your kitties if you can, just in case. Magnesium deficiency is definitely on my list of things to check out, stay tuned for updates!

  5. If your cat is coughing like it has a fur ball all of the time. It actually might be having an asthma attack and is trying to cough up mucus from it lungs. It might even be mild coughs and not look like a severe fur ball cough. Especially older cats that have had asthma all of their lives will cough mildly.
    You don’t need X Rays, Blood Tests, Ultra Sound and a Lung Tissue Biopsy for $1,500. What you need is an honest Vet that will let you first try the asthma inhaler before your cat suffocates to death.
    Then when their asthma attacks are under control you should try changing their diet and environment to find the triggers that are causing their asthma attacks.

    1. Hi David. Just readthiscartical bc my cat does have asthma. He’s only twoyrs old n with asthma there’s no time to wait. My cat has severe asthma which he got steroid injections before he got into using his inhaler we now use to keep him under control. It’s hobestly the worst n very expensive thing to treat n deal with. Reading this post I believe using some of these natural things may help him to not use meds as much. We will see. I’d say if a cat had another issue yes go ahead treat them first instead of spending thousand on trying to find out the issue but with asthma it’s not like that. The cat can die faster than u figure out what’s wrong n may cost u more money.

  6. I have a 10 yo male car, named Pudgy, with 1 yr diagnosis of asthma & emphysema, after x-ray. My very old vet prescribed strictly prednisone shots when coughing flared. He got 3 total and this seemed to keep symptoms at bay for almost a year. But coughing & wheezing persisted & I started researching to find that would eventually put him at risk for diabetes. Now he is WAY WORSE, not as active which bothers me cuz he lives up to his name at close to 20#! He is coughing more than ever, also does something different– he will blows (sneezes? Idk), hard straight out his nose, one after another, for mb 6 in a row & I’m guessing “stuff” is being expelled but I pull away so idk! These current symptoms are totally stressing me out and I feel powerless, guilty and in anguish watching him go thru this! I’m gonna try some of the natural options, so say a prayer for my dearest Pudgy and wish me luck in trying to help him get some much needed relief!

  7. Hi Shirley! Thanks for post! Do you manage Sparrows symptoms mostly with alternative remedies save for flares? My cat Baku was diagnosed with asthma in November. He was put on prednilisone, but it only made him have symptoms every other day instead of everyday and it also gave him a little cold. After the prescribed two weeks, I changed his litter to a respiratory one, started giving him wet food in conjunction with grain free dry food and a respiratory supplement from Pranapets. His symptoms reduced to every few weeks instead of every other day, but recently I kind of got lazy with apartment cleaning and with the change to spring his symptoms returned(they are and have always been mild to moderate). I just feel at a real loss, because not only can I not afford a Flovent inhaler for the long term…even if I could I also don’t want him to have to be on an inhaler twice a day for the rest of his life. So I am thinking of adding an air purifier (any recommendations on brand?) and some more omega 3s to his diet. Any other recommendations are very much appreciated. I just worry if he’s not on steroids, is his condition slowly worsening over time even if he’s asymptomatic.

  8. As a Reiki Master and former massage therapist who worked on both animals and people I am thrilled to find your blog.especially since one of my cats was just diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis. As a human patient, 15 years ago My allergy to cat dander/saliva protein whatever you wish to call it was entirely eliminated after two treatments with an acupucture treatment called NAET. “Nate” for short. I am hoping to be able to take my cat to a holistic vet for a NAET treatment but right now it’s not in my budget. I would like ve to hear about other people’s wheezy kitties who have had NAET treatments. Hoping they’re out there somewhere!

    1. Thanks Anne, always nice to hear from people with first-hand success stories! I hope your asthma kitty is doing well 🙂

  9. Hi… sorry to hear about your furies’ health issues. Pray he’s better these days. My cat was around 1 yr old, when he started to display asthma ayampton and it was heart wrenching to witness. I also started to search how I could help him “naturally” as possible. I cut out all grains from his diet. I came across some vids on youtube about L-lysine (pure powder)for respiratory issues, so i added this to his water daily. He is asthma free for 2 years now. I strongly believe that in most cases the foods our furies’ eat have an adverse affect particularly on asthmatics. Pray this helps. 1♡

  10. I have two cats with feline asthma. They were diagnosed when they were 8 years old.
    My cat Luna had it for 6 years. I did everything to prolong her life she lived till age 14years. Passed away recently due to worse case scenario for asthma cats.
    With Asthma cats over time lungs fibrosed, shrinks diameter of airways and Vet told me counteracting this process and was successful for extra years. Toward end of life last month before her death amount of fibrosis in the lungs cause resistance to build towards the circulation coming into the lungs from heart. This caused an increase blood pressure called pulmonary hypertension. With continuous push back pressure against the heart, the heart started to fail and could no longer effectively pump the blood. This process started slowly but speed up towards the end and eventually her heart gave out that situation Luna was in took her to vet in oct 22 2019 – passed away.

    Above is worst case scenario can happen to cats with breathing problems.
    I still have my other cat shadow which is Luna sibling same age also had asthma age 14.

    Both my cat were Flovent orange puffer – same on humans use also Salbutamol – blue puffer – only if she having bad attack.

    Also use technique – pat there back – use hand like cup – helps bring any liquid in her lungs winter time is worst for her do it morning and night.

    Steamed both my cats in bathroom shower for 10 minutes or forever long they can take they will let you know when they had enough

    Gentling stoke her throat area up and down motion – help to swallow better

    I have did these for 6 years that what kept Luna live as long as she did.

    Shadow her asthma acts up more in winter months, cold damp, summers warm damp weather. Times up a night steaming her and patting her back. Should get humidifiers especially during winter months live cold area – it helps.

    I am really watching my Shadow more carefully – I am in process of finding more holistic type treatments.

    I hope the above will be helpful, I pick up this by trail and error over the years. My vet says when you have animals with any disease cut life by 1/3 give or take. Time is ticking for my Shadow I could have her another year maybe 2 or 3 or she may be miracle live even longer – enjoy what ever time I have with my black beauty.

    1. Michelle – thank you so much for sharing your tips and I’m sorry for your loss of Luna. It sounds like your Shadow is in great hands, here’s wishing her a long and happy life.

  11. My feline has asthma and he wheezes but he also gets the hiccups a lot. Just thought I would comment that hiccups are also a potential feline asthma symptom. Keeping his routine and lots of love along with a clean diet REALLY helps. So does his lysine supplement, which was recommended by the vet.

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