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Cats do rarely get hiccups. It sounds like a people hiccup and they experience the same spasmodic continuous hiccups like in people. There are many possible causes ranging from a problem in the throat (such as a polyp/mass or foreign object) to a problem in the thorax. But we only worry about doing further testing and exploration of an issue if it continues for longer than 12-24 hours. In a cat who is otherwise well, but continues to hiccup, x-rays (radiographs) of the thorax and abdomen can be helpful. Then, depending on those findings, going forward with an oropharyngeal exam under anesthesia may be needed.
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This sounds very reasonable that perhaps he ate so fast a piece of food stimulated off a hiccup reflex (perhaps even got stuck in the back of his throat). As long as he is back to normal and no further issues, then you do not need to rush him in to be seen. Just monitor him closely for the next 48 hours.
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