Can cats get kennel cough?

Yes, cats can get kennel cough - but cat kennel cough is much rarer than in dogs. Kennel cough is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica. However, it does not often infect cats. It usually causes coughing and sneezing for a period that lasts for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

   

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However, one thing you should be worried about is that this disease in cats often shows up as a secondary infection - the reason the cat gets it is because its immune system is weakened from something else, usually a virus.

If you think your cat has it, the odds are good that it really has an upper respiratory infection. This is a condition caused by a number of different bacteria and viruses, including the one that causes kennel cough. They can product the same symptoms, as they infect the same parts of the cat's body.

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