Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Why is he doing this?!
So Tinker is my 4 year old male rescue cat. When he came to us we found out that he has a score 3 heart murmur. He is slightly over weight which we are working on as I know this puts extra pressure on his heart.
Tinker is happy and healthy, likes to play but loves to sleep!
I know coughing can be a symptom of a heart murmur but is this normal..
Tinker has some of those flat cardboard scratching boards and on one he will sit/lay on it and rest his chin on the edge, he will then drop his arms either side and start coughing.
The first time this ever happened he wouldn't stop and I freaked out. His tongue went blue-ish but then he just stopped, licked his lips and was normal again.
We went straight to the vet and she said she didn't really know why he did it, maybe it was a hairball?
Anyways, months later he did it again, on the same style cardboard pad. He didn't do it so much and his tongue didn't go blue.
He does it once in a blue moon. I never know why he does it. He has never had a furball. I tried the treatments for hairballs but he never coughed anything up.
It's only ever on the cardboard pad! I've got him new ones and new shapes but it makes no difference!
He normally snaps out of it now when I call his name and get his attention. My boyfriend joked that the way he was laying he was choking himself but was too lazy to move because that's how it almost seems!
He is wormed and flea'd if that matters
Any ideas on this?