Bordetella causes respiratory disease in cats with symptoms similar to other pathogens. Coughing is a distinctive sign, but consult a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Vets examine cats for upper airway disease but may not test for the exact cause. Treatment is generally the same, involving chest examination and potential X-rays for lung evaluation.
Bacterial infection like Bordetella is treated with antibiotics. Doxycycline is recommended, but other options like enrofloxacin may be used. Resistance can require a change in antibiotics.
Treatment without testing costs around $150-$200. X-rays increase costs to $500-$800. Advanced testing may cost $1,500-$2,000 for very ill cats.
Avoid contact with unknown pets. Bordetella vaccine not recommended for pet cats, as it can cause mild disease.