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my cat is coughing up white foamy phlegm, he wants to eat but

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then the phlegm strats and...
my cat is coughing up white foamy phlegm, he wants to eat but then the phlegm strats and he coughs up what he ate. It was worse last night and is better this morning but he only ate a little since the phlegm started so he walked away from the food.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Scott, Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Hello there,

Is the cat coughing or vomiting up the phlegm?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Seems more like vomiting. He just ate a good amount of wet food and so far ( 5 minutes ) hasn't gagged like he was last night and earlier this morning. He was gagging after he ate anything and it was phlegm he was vomiting up, white foamy. He does have Kitty Aids also but has always been very healthy.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Scott, Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
In a cat this age, kidney disease, thyroid disorders, diabetes and cancer are all possible. The FIV virus is another possible cause. The cat will need blood tests and radiographs to get a specific diagnosis. Cats can have 2.5 mg of Pepcid AC per 10 pounds body weight every 24 hours for the vomiting if he can keep it down. If not, he needs to be examined if the vomiting continues.
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