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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hello There.

My name is Amy and I am new to this forum as of 10/6/15. Over the last month, I've enjoyed the different topics and comments.

I have a sibling pair of male and female cats whom I rescued at 8 weeks of age. They are now 14.5 months old and purely indoor fur babies.

Over the last week and a half I've noticed that my male cat, ZuZu is experiencing some troubles and I'm not sure what to do. While laying down and/or sleeping he starts coughing as if he needs to throw up a hairball. It's a different type of sound than his sister Izzy makes when she successfully vomits and I've never actually seen him produce anything. His abdomen retracts rapidly, but I haven't noticed that his tongue sticks out or he wretches his neck. Truth be told, at his age I would have expected him to release a hairball by now and I've heard/seen Izzy vomit several times. My cats have medium long hair.

ZuZu is eating, drinking, and playing normally. Plus, I haven't noticed any blood or anything abnormal in his stools. I'm hesitant to rush him to the vet, but feel my heart sink into my stomach every night when I bear witness to his troubles.

Should I try a hairball remedy and see if this resolves the issue first? Any suggestions are more than welcome. Thank you!

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Hey there, welcome to the CF.

Is Zuzu coughing often? If both of your cats tend to cough or vomit frequently, I don't think it's normal. I always think feeding wet food also helps a lot to release hairballs a lot more than dry food. This year, I think my 2 cats had a total of 2-3 hairballs between them both! They are DSH, but I rarely brush them these days, did more in the Spring, though.

Since your cats are both over 1 year old, isn't it time for an annual check up anyway? I chose at that time to give my two rabies shots (booster which lasts for 3 years), but an overall health exam may be a good idea just to clear of any health issues like asthma or heart conditions.

Crossing fingers it's not serious. Keep us in the loop for how things go.
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Oh, I forgot to add...whenever my cat G has hairballs, I've noticed he has decreased appetite. I feed my cats with scheduled meals, so I notice that right away. Makes sense, since something is in your gut, you're not hunger driven much. Once he eliminates it out, his appetite is back and eats heartily. It sometimes takes a few days to get it all out though. So, if Zuzu has been eating and drinking normally, I am apt to think it could be something else other than hairballs.
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