Albuterol for Cats

A sleeping cat.
A sleeping cat. (Image: Image by, courtesy of Ella Mullins)

Albuterol is the generic name for medications such as Proventil, Ventolin or Volmax. This medication is used to treat conditions in cats that result from bronchospasms such as asthma or bronchitis.


Albuterol is a bronchodilator. Bronchodilator medications work by relaxing the airway muscles and provide relief for airway diseases such as asthma.


Albuterol comes in several forms, including oral tablets, syrup or capsules as well as inhalation forms such as oral solutions or capsules (inhalers).


In cats, oral doses can vary between .01 and .03 milligrams for every one pound of the cat's weight and should be administered every eight to 24 hours, as determined by a veterinarian.

Side Effects

Side effects in cats include nervousness, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, restlessness, excitement, tremors and increased heart rate.


Albuterol should not be used in cats that are pregnant, nursing or allergic to the medication. Caution should be exercised if this medication is used in cats with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions or hyperthyroidism.

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