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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hacking but no hairballs -- should I be worried?

Over the last few weeks, several times I've heard Misty hacking as though she were preparing to produce a hairball, but no hairball emerged (or any vomit, in fact). She just hacked for a while, stopped, and then wandered off her usually happy (pushy) self.

Is this something I should worry about? If so, what should I do?

I admit I've been lax on the Vaseline because she hates it so much. I should buy some flavored hairball remedy this weekend to see if she likes it better.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 05:49 PM
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Poor baby...How old is Misty?



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She's a year and a half.
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check out Fritxthebrave.com and see if it might be an asthma cough. Best of luck and prayers being sent
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I would suggest a couple doses of hairball med or vaseline and see how she does. If it continues then I'd recommend a vet visit...it could be a variety of things causing it, if it's not a hairball.



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Interesting, I didn't know cats could get asthma. I wonder how you would tell asthma from a failed hairball attempt?

I put some of the Icky Stuff on her foot tonight, hopefully she'll go ahead and lick it off. Can you mix hairball remedy with food or is that counterproductive?
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My hairball remedy gel says to give between meals. Even the "snacks" with hairball remedy say that.

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No, giving it with food interferes with the absorption of the nutrients. A vet could tell the difference between a hairball and asthma...listening to the lungs would be the first step...



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