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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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can anyone tell me why a cat might suddenly not be able to meow? my cat recently has not been able to talk. he opens his mouth, but no noise comes out. i am worried that this might be a symptom of something worse. please help.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 07:04 PM
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Well, maybe it's just the "silent meow". But if he's never meowing and he was before, that's a legitimate cause for concern. Is he eating and drinking OK? Problems eating and swallowing might indicate something stuck in the throat. Or maybe it's an upper respiratory infection that has affected the vocal cords. Sounds like a vet visit.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 07:42 PM
 
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Sounds like kitty has laryngitis.

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the voice box. Signs of laryngitis include hoarseness and complete loss of voice.
The most common causes are excessive meowing and a chronic cough.
Other causes include tonsillitis, throat infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, inhalant allergies and (rarely) tumors in the throat.

Laryngitis that doesn't have a serious underlying cause almost always clears up on its own within a few days, but some cats need an antibiotic to get over it. If this has been going on for more than three or four days, it would be a good idea to call your vet for advice.
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