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Hi Dom, and welcome back to Just Answer!My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to assist you and Callie.I'm sorry she's experiencing these coughing-like spells. There are various possibilities for her symptoms. She may have swollen tonsils, an irritated throat from ingesting something she shouldn't have (cats love to play with and ingest stringy type substances, so watch for that), or she could have a cough due to respiratory congestion. Also, in older cats, hyperthyroidism is more prevalent and an enlarged thyroid can press on the airway and cause coughing. Heartworm disease can also cause this symptom. Here is more information: HyperthyroidHeartworm DiseaseAs long as Callie does not seem to be in any distress, is not having difficulty breathing, her gums are a normal light pink color, she's eating, drinking and eliminating, is responsive and not extremely lethargic, you can most likely wait until tomorrow morning to bring her to her regular vet for evaluation and treatment, if needed.If she does show any symptoms of distress tonight, then, yes, bring her to an ER vet center or any vet who offers emergency hours.I hope all will be well with Callie!
Thank you so very much for your quick response. I'm wondering if she would react this way if she swallowed an elastic band? Would the symptoms be the same? I'm not sure if that is the case but she seems to love them if she finds them.
She was tested for thyroid and it was normal. That said, she eats less then my other cat (that is 15 years old and she still runs around and jumps like she was 2). Callie is quite overweight in comparison and I'm very careful with what I feed her etc. She appears to have a smaller head, skinny legs and looks like a big cute ball in the middle. Many tell me it's her breed being a callico. Just want to keep her as long as I can :)
Thank you so very much again for your quick response.
Hi Cher, I apologize for not responding sooner. She appeared to recover the following day although the articles you forwarded to me were excellent and full of information that I think every cat owner should know.
Thank you ever so much for your help and concern. :) I really appreciate it.
You're most welcome, Dom and it's my pleasure to be of help to you and Callie.I'm so happy to hear that she appeared to recover the following day and all is well, now! Make sure to keep her away from those elastic bands! Since you found the information in my answer helpful, it would be greatly appreciated if you would please take a moment to provide a positive rating so I receive credit for my answer. Thank you very much!
Please don't hesitate to request me by name (begin your post with "For Cher Only") if/when you have any new, future questions.Best regards,Cher