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why does my cat cough and then gag when he purrs?

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by 97guns, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. 97guns

    97guns

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    he only does this when he begins to purr. he will kind of cough and gag, is it a hairball?
     
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    It's because he's trying not to :puking:



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    We have three and a half cats and never has one done that. Call your vet and ask. Kitty might have reflux or something going on.
     
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    some cats salvate (produce excess saliva) when they purr and are happy........it's possible that he is swallowing said saliva and gagging/coughing...........

    I had a cat from 1981 to 1999 and as he got older he would salvate and gag when he would purr......I was never worried about it......because that was the only time he would do it. He would "drool" all the damned time while purring......and that crap STINKS!!! ugh!!!
     
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    Solo was wanting to know the same thing.
     
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    :) The most likely cause is indigestible hairballs that are trying to be involuntarily expelled from the cat's stomach. Suggest you get a petroleum based digestive aid like, 'Laxatone' from your vet. Smear a little of this stuff on the cat's front legs and let him lick it off. Do this for a few days and see if the gagging stops.

    You might, also, want to think about changing his dry food to one of the hairball control formulas. ;)