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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Why is he doing this?!

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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?
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Sounds strange. Coughing is associated with heart murmers but this link to one place is odd. Wish I could help.
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I know, it's so strange. He has only ever coughed once off his pad and that was after he just got off it.

We have about 4 cardboard pads and it's just the one style, he has been through multiple of this style but it's always the same one that he coughs on!


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Maybe that particular cardboard pad has some type of chemical that Tinker is reacting to? Just a thought...

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Sounds a little familiar...

Lickorish gets on her cat condo and puts her throat on the bolster (cushioned back rest) and starts coughing - she just did it again about an hour ago. The vet said it was asthma, but we only see her coughing when she's on that condo. My hubby is convinced she's making herself cough by choking herself on that bolster.
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Maybe that particular cardboard pad has some type of chemical that Tinker is reacting to? Just a thought...
I wondered that too, like if it was a different type of glue that let off a fume or something but the one he has now has been out in the open for about 4 months so would of thought it would of 'aired out' by now


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Sounds a little familiar...

Lickorish gets on her cat condo and puts her throat on the bolster (cushioned back rest) and starts coughing - she just did it again about an hour ago. The vet said it was asthma, but we only see her coughing when she's on that condo. My hubby is convinced she's making herself cough by choking herself on that bolster.
That's pretty much what Tinker does but on his cardboard pad. He did it again this evening and I kept talking to him and got his attention and he stopped. If I leave him to cough it out he will go on and on until I end up worrying.

I really feel like it's all in his head and he doesn't really need to cough because it's only ever on the pad and he stops if I call his name and get his attention.

He goes through phases. He hasn't coughed in ages and now it's been 3 nights running :S


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