Is my cat coughing or retching?
Similarly, you may ask, is my cat coughing or is it a hairball?
Seeing your cat coughing and hacking can be very disturbing. While hairballs are often thought to be the cause of cat's coughing, it is normal for cats to only cough up a hairball a couple of times per month. Any more than this and it could be a sign of an underlying condition.
Furthermore, what does cat coughing sound like? Just like us, cats have different kinds of coughs: a dry, hacking cough; a moist-sounding cough; a single, gagging cough; a wheezing cough; and that half-cough, half clearing the throat thing. Hairballs are a common reason for coughs, and typically, those are easily treated with an over-the-counter hairball medication.
Similarly, it is asked, why is my cat coughing and retching?
Of course sometimes the cause of coughing and retching is actually a hairball. Hairballs, known to veterinarians as trichobezoars, occur as a result of cats grooming and swallowing the hair they remove. Treatment of hairballs involves regular grooming and the use of lubricants to help hairballs pass.
Why is my cat dry heaving?
Most cats with gastroenteritis will have intermittent episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. Many owners will observe 'dry heaving' or gagging after their cat eats or drinks. Large volumes of diarrhea will usually be produced several times a day. The diarrhea may have the consistency of soft- serve ice cream.