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Cat has been making a choking noise, as if he is choking on

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Cat has been making a choking noise, as if he is choking on something or is trying to clear his throat, and this happens once or twice a ay for the past few days. Appetite is fine, and all activities are normal. What could be causing this????
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for your post!

Regarding the choking - I have seen choking as a result of hairballs...and at times owners elect to use medications or supplementes such as laxatone and cat hairball diets - but if they are not effective - what could be some other possible causes for these signs?

1) Feline Asthma is high on my list of possible causes for a cat choking.

2) Heart disease - cats with an heart abnormalities can also present with a history of choking or coughing.

3) Feline Upper Respiratory Infection - Cats can also choke with a URI.

This would be a case where seeing your veterinarian would be recommended to make sure there is not a specific underlying cause (such as the ones above) that would require specific treatment.

I hope this information and links above help.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The coking
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Yes - the choking can be caused from many possible causes - including what I posted above.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
g a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The choking noise also sounds like he is trying to clear his throat, really trying to get something up, but no vomiting or mucous has come up. He has very short hair, so I doubt it coulo
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Then i would definitely recommend x-rays looking for a cause as discussed above.
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
g a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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