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Could be asthma, too--that hacking cough is a common sign.

Suggest getting a non-clay litter like Worlds Greatest, or Swheat Scoop, some type of air filter, and maybe a humidifier. If those work, problem solved!

If you think it's hairballs, a dose or two of vaseline should whoosh them out the other end in no time, and then, problem solved.

(Now, it really would be great if it were that easy...but these are the places to start, at least!)

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Vaseline isn't that hard. Just smoosh a fingerfull into the back corner of his mouth through the teeth. It's sticky and he won't be able to spit it out. Actually, a lot of cats come to like Vaseline and will eat it voluntarily. I had one who ate at least one dose of Vaseline every day for 20 years (more when she could con me into it) and led a very happy long life. It's totally inert in the system, therefore completely safe. And cheap. What more could you ask for in a medicine?!!

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