Thanks so much for your very helpful reply. Coughing is unusual in cats. Causes could be asthma as you suspect.
Heartworm is also possible but very unlikely in an indoor kitty. Worms, cardiac issues and ingested hair or even food allergies must be considered.
Since this started around Christmas, I am concerned Tiger got into tinsel or tree branches, etc
1. STOP all dry food, please read article written by a feline vet:
2. Run a hot shower to make a steam room in your bathroom. Take him in for ten minute intervals to break up congestion.
3. add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeton to wet food or baby food with no onion or garlic every 24 hours. It is very tiny so he will not detect it:
Feed him wet food with no grains or additives:
4. Use only dust free litter
5. consider a hepa filter
He may have swallowed his teeth. If these symptoms continue after you make these changes he is going to need a chest xray and exam.
here are two Vets that offer a free first visit:
Please let me know how Tiger is doing. I hope he feels better very soon.
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