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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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I have a sixteen year old male cat who used to meow and yowl

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I have a sixteen year old male cat who used to meow and yowl a lot. He recently started gagging, as if to cough up a hair ball or vomit, but nothing came up but some frothy saliva. That's happened three or four times now, and he makes no meow noises at all. Vet said most bloodwork was normal, elevated white blood cell count, and some liver indicators a little high..But that I should keep observing and return in a couple weeks. He was terrible,for two days but recently eats and drinks fairly regularly and uses tHe litter.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The vet asked me to try to video him doing it, but it is pretty infrequent. She suggested going to YouTube to see if there is anything similar there, and I'd say the top hits of cats gagging came up as what I'm used to seeing..
Expert:  Cher replied 2 years ago.

Hello, and welcome.

I'm sorry Henry has you worried.

You're right, that if he is hyperthyroid, these are some of the symptoms he would be exhibiting. Ask the vet if a thyroid panel was done, along with the other blood work, and if not, request it to be done at this time. Here is more information about hyperthyroidism in cats: CLICK

Because he's a longhaired cat, he might be ingesting a lot of fur during self-grooming, and sometimes, some fur can 'tickle' the back of the throat and cause gagging or coughing. In addition, he may have some acid reflux, which means excess stomach acid is coming up into his throat, causing a burning sensation/irritation and nausea, making him gag, but he has nothing to bring up, so it's just frothy saliva. Ask your vet if you can give him some regular Pepcid AC (Famotidine) (10 mg), just 1/4 of a tablet, 20 minutes before his breakfast, and see if this helps. Here is more information on this over the counter acid controller in cats: Pepcid AC

You can help him ingest less fur during self grooming by combing/brushing him a few times a day.

I hope all will be well with Henry!

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