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Dr Marta Lepes, Cat Veterinarian
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My cat has a girgling sound in his throat.

Customer Question

My cat has a girgling sound in his throat.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I will do my best to help you. I'm reviewing your question now and I will post back to you ASAP.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Is this the first time that Tiger has had this happen?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Look in her mouth and see if there is any sign of redness, or blisters.

Also gently press on her throat. Does that make it worse?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Everything looked normal. I think he had licked some lemon/vinagar solution that I made so that he wouldn't chew the cords in my house.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

How about gently pressing on his throat?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No, it doesn't make it worse maybe a little bit better.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

OK thanks.

Did this happen suddenly, like when he Wass eating?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Maybe after licking the lemon juice/vinegar solution today. I am guessing he has gas in his throat?
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Well there could be fluid from his intestines or his air passages that would make that sound. The lemon may have irritated his stomach and throat.

Asthma can also sound that way.

If this doesn't go away by tomorrow take him to your vet.

If it gets worse don't wait. Take him to your vet or an emergency clinic tonight.

Do you have any more questions? We can continue if you have any.

When we are finished kindly rate this service.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Will I do any harm if say I massage his throat a little because it looked like he stops that sound when I press his throat. Also if there is some irritation from the lemon could it be GERD?
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Yes, you can try gently massaging the throat.

No, with GERD you would get GI signs.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Is lemon and vinegar toxic to cats?
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Not toxic but it can be irritating.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
what are signs of asthma in cats?
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Sorry, I'm hung up momentarily. Will be back soon.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
can girggling sound from asthma? Wouldn't breathing hard be asthma?
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

Asthma in cats has many forms. Sometimes it is crouching and coughing. Sometimes gagging. And sometimes gurgling. It can happen at any age. It is a treatable condition. It comes and goes depending on exposure to the offending substance. Lemon juice and vinegar won't cause it

If it is still there tomorrow take him to your vet.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

I hope that I have helped you.

Any more questions?

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.

And off course all of these symptoms for asthma have some component of difficulty breathing. But it can be very subtle and easy to miss if you are only looking for difficulty in breathing and bluish gums and tongue.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 month ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Tiger. How is everything going?

Dr Marta Lepes