Voiceless cat: why is my cat losing his voice?


A cat can suddenly be deprived of its voice so that its meows are inaudible. The cat becomes voiceless for various reasons requiring a consultation with the veterinarian. On the one hand, it is useless to let this loss of voice and on the other hand the kitty must be treated as quickly as possible because, let’s not hide it, a Cancer is sometimes the cause of this problem. Spotlight on the main causes of loss of voice in cats.

The stress

The cat is an animal very sensitive to stress. The slightest disturbance in his environment is enough to cause him great anxiety. Gold, a stressed cat meows a lot and louder than in a normal situation, which ends up making it voiceless. It is necessary to avoid generating stress in the cat because this can also alter its immune system in a considerable way and therefore, make the animal much more vulnerable in terms of health.

It’s important to reassure the stressed cat, to take the time to play with it to relax it but also to cuddle it and to provide it with a quiet corner that we spray with pheromones in spray, especially if we have just moved. This will help the kitty acclimatize to its new place of life. That way he should get his voice back pretty quickly.

Inflammation of the larynx

We also talk about laryngitis. It may be due to one of the following situations:

  • Cold,
  • The inhalation of smoke, and the causes are various: garden fire, barbecue, immediate proximity to smokers, use of an incense stick next to the cat …
  • Excess dust,
  • An environmental allergen (pollen),
  • The use of an aerosol by the teacher (dusting product, deodorant, insecticide spray…).

The vocal cords of the cat are affected by these various phenomena.

Viral or bacterial involvement

It is common for cats to become voiceless when they are cold or if he develops the coryza (feline flu). In some cases, a bacteria is also involved. The larynx is then altered. Usually, depending on the viral or bacterial condition, the animal exhibits other symptoms alongside the loss of voice, namely:

  • An increase in body temperature,
  • Lethargy,
  • Canker sores,
  • Mouth ulceration,
  • Keratitis,
  • Conjunctivitis,
  • Nasal discharge,
  • A bronchopulmonary disease,
  • Cough
  • Breathing difficulties,
  • Loss of appetite which can even go as far as anorexia.

It is necessary to note the various symptoms observed, their age and their intensity, in order to communicate them to the veterinarian during the consultation who should not wait.

Non-inflammatory laryngeal disease

A pathology sometimes at the origin of a simple hoarseness can also cause aphonia in the cat unable then to produce the slightest sound. This type of localized damage is therefore a sign that should alert the master of the kitty because the cause can be serious, to know :

  • Paralysis of the larynx (laryngeal paralysis): most often, it is of traumatic origin. This can follow wearing a collar that is too tight, a bite by a congener or another animal, a neurological disease, a cervical problem. Sometimes laryngeal palsy is found after surgery.
  • The abnormal cell proliferation having no coordination with the surrounding tissue: we then speak of neoplasia. This is the case when the cat develops a lymphoma feline or even a thyroid cancer (carcinoma). These very serious pathologies can affect directly to the larynx. Symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer and its location. But some signs are common to almost all malignant tumors such as:
    • Loss of appetite,
    • Weight loss,
    • Fever,
    • Apathy,
    • Pain sometimes,
    • Vomitings,
    • Diarrhea,
    • An increase in lymph nodes,
    • A mass perceptible on palpation …

These clinical signs should put the cat’s owner on the right track. Lymphoma and carcinoma are diseases that justify an emergency consultation. If they are not identified early enough by the veterinarian, the animal’s vital prognosis may be engaged.

Theaphonia which designates the total absence of sound must be distinguished from dysphonia, the latter designating any modification in the emission of sounds as in the case of hoarseness for example. But in either case, if things are not back to normal after 24 hours, it is absolutely necessary to take your cat to the vet all the more if the kitty has other symptoms, some of them leaving little room for doubt as to the pathology to be feared.