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HI, my cat started...

HI, my cat started making unusual noises. He started running all over the house. It looked like he was trying to cough up a hairball but having difficulty. Nothing was coming out and he appears to be in distress. He is calmer now but very quiet and not himself. He is making sounds like he wants to get a hairball out but nothing is coming out. It is very early. I live in a rural area. The closest vet is an hour away. Thanks for your help.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Cats have coughing problems all the time but it is worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the cat's name and age?

Name: Roscoe. Age: 12-13 yrs

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Roscoe?

He does take meds twice a day and eats Royal Canine food for constipation

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How long has he been showing signs?

Any lip licking, drooling, or actual vomiting?

Can he keep any water down?

Are his gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Can he pass urine normally?

Could he have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count his breaths for 10 seconds + multiply by 6)?

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