Who would ever think that we and our life style could trigger asthma attacks in cats?

Cigarette smoke, dusty houses, human dandruff, pollen and certain types of cat litters has been shown to create inflammation in cats' airways and worsen asthma.

Feline asthma is a common disease, with around one in 200 cats suffering from the condition. The cats suffering from asthma experience cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. Siamese cats are more prone to the disease, and the disease is worsened by household irritants. It has been showed that removing asthmatic cats from the standard 'triggers' like dust and smoke can improve their condition.

In a first study of its type in the UK scientists will look at the part played by a specific bacteria found in the lungs of asthmatic cats and will try to improve treatments.