New Member - Introducing Myself - coughing cat
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!