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My cat is hacking occasionally like twice a day. She is

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my cat is hacking occasionally like twice a day. She is eating and drinking fine and still is active.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your cat?
Customer: Sometimes she hacks after she is done licking herself but nothing comes up
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: emmy and she is 5
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Emmy?
Customer: no she has no health problems
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 5 months ago.

Hi there and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed, internship-trained veterinarian with 10 years experience in general medicine and emergency and critical care medicine and I would be happy to assist you. Please be patient as there may be slight delays in responses as I research your pet's issue.

Does your cat go outside? Is it a long hair or short hair cat? Is the hacking more like a cough, or more like trying to vomit?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
My cat is strictly indoors. She is a short hair cat. and I would say its more like a cough
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I also have two other cats and neither of them have been hacking and she has been doing this for about two weeks
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 5 months ago.

Great. Eating well, defecating well?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
she is eating and drinking and going to the bathroom
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 5 months ago.

Okay. This could be an upper respiratory infection, or could be a sign of developing asthma, or possibly of heartworm disease. I recommend seeing a vet for an exam, and they can help determine the cause. There is really nothing you can try at home, unfortunately. Asthma (which usually presents as coughing) and upper respiratory infections are very treatable.

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