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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Newton. How long has he been like this?
If something were stuck in his throat, he would not be able to swallow, and would not be eating and drinking.
If he is making an abnormal breathing noise, I would look in his mouth to see if his tonsils, throat, or vocal cords are inflamed or swollen.
I would take his temp to see if he has a fever, over 103. I would feel his lymph nodes for swelling.
If you are not used to looking down his throat, you won't know where his tonsils are. Also, it often takes two (or more people) or a sedative to really examine a cat's throat. You take his temperature rectally, with a thermometer.
Weight loss always worries me in cats. Cats tend to be secretive about being sick, and often have been sick longer than they have been letting on. Weight loss is a clue that this might be an illness of some time longer than a few days.
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I have been a veterinarian for 30 years, and usually need help looking down the throat.
If you look at his gums, are they pink in color?
If you are not familiar with what a normal throat and tonsils look like, you may not be able to assess his.
If he has something caught in his throat, he would not be able to even swallow his saliva, and he would be drooling a lot.
An exam by a veterinarian, to feel his lymph nodes and internal organs, take his temp, look down his throat, etc. might be best.
If he is not eating, he may be dehydrated. Try to get him to take some broth or tuna juice.
If he is not drooling, he probably does not have anything stuck in his throat. His gums might be dark from normal pigment if he is a dark colored or black cat.
Try broth or tuna juice to get him hydrated. It sounds like he should see a veterinarian.
Then his gum color may be normal.
If he is wobbly, I agree he should be checked out as soon as possible.
Let me know how he is doing and if I can help with anything else.
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