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What is Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat?

You may hear your veterinarian call a foreign body stuck in your cat's throat an esophageal obstruction, gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction, pharyngeal obstruction or airway obstruction. All of these terms simply mean your cat has swallowed an object that is too large to pass through the GI tract or has become trapped in the respiratory tract.

Cats inspect the world around them with their tongues and mouths. This habit can sometimes get your feline friend into trouble and threaten her health. Sometimes a cat eats an object that is too large to pass through her upper digestive tract, namely her esophagus. These foreign bodies can become lodged in the esophagus or airway, obstructing digestion or airflow. A foreign body can also cause inflammation or injury to the esophagus or airway, leading to pain and discomfort. If you fear your cat has a foreign object trapped in the throat, visit a veterinarian right away. Depending on the size and location of the object, an esophageal or pharyngeal blockage is a life-threatening condition. 

Symptoms of Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat in Cats

Cats with foreign bodies lodged in their throats will behave differently depending on whether the airway or esophagus is blocked. A cat with an esophageal obstruction may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Hypersalivation
  • Gagging
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Attempts at swallowing

If your cat's esophagus is only partially obstructed, the signs may be less noticeable. Symptoms of partial esophageal obstruction in cats include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Inflammation or infection of the esophagus
  • Pneumonia

A cat with an obstructed airway might exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing loudly
  • Choking

Causes of Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat in Cats

Typically, a cat suffering from this type of obstruction has purposefully licked, swallowed or otherwise ingested the foreign body. You may even have seen your cat swallow the offending object. Some toys, especially yarn or string, can be swallowed by your cat during playtime. Food may also obstruct your cat's airway if she eats too quickly or fails to chew properly. Only diagnostic procedures performed by your veterinarian are sufficient to determine what type of foreign body has become stuck in your cat's throat. 

Diagnosis of Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat in Cats

Your veterinarian will need to perform chest and neck x-rays in order to diagnose your cat's partial or complete obstruction. Signs that the object is obstructing the lower respiratory tract, such as coughing or trouble breathing, will lead a veterinarian to x-ray your cat's chest. If your veterinarian suspects the upper respiratory tract and upper airways are obstructed, he or she may use a scope as part of the physical examination. These tools make it easier for your veterinarian locate the foreign body. 

Foreign bodies lodged in the GI tract are usually visible with a typical head or chest x-ray. If your veterinarian cannot locate the foreign body on an x-ray, he or she may perform a contrast esophagram, where your cat swallows a radioactive dye to assist with imaging. An esophagoscopy, whereby your veterinarian will feed a scope, or camera, down your sedated cat's esophagus to visualize the foreign body, may be performed. A scope can also be used to examine any esophageal tearing or irritation caused by the foreign body. 

Treatment of Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat in Cats

Your veterinarian's first priority when treating a foreign object stuck in the throat of your cat will be to retrieve the object as soon as possible. If the foreign body is trapped in the upper esophagus or upper respiratory tract, it can be removed through the mouth using endoscopy and forceps or using a balloon catheter, depending on its shape and size. If the foreign body is particularly dangerous or sharp, an endogastric tube can be fed through your cat’s mouth to shield the esophagus while the foreign body is retrieved. 

If it is too dangerous or difficult to remove the foreign body through your cat's mouth, your veterinarian may choose to push the object into her stomach where it can pass through the remaining GI tract safely. An airway obstruction can also be encouraged to dislodge itself with flushing of the respiratory tract with lubricating secretions. If none of these retrieval methods are appropriate, your cat may require surgery to remove the foreign body. This surgery is fairly common and generally safe, with a 93% recovery rate. 

If your cat's esophagus has been injured or inflamed by the foreign body, treatment of the esophagitis, or irritation, may be required. Anti-inflammatory and pain medications can relieve discomfort while your cat heals. 

Recovery of Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat in Cats

Once the foreign body is removed, cats generally recover quickly. Still, it is important to schedule a follow-up appointment with your veterinarian to ensure your cat is not suffering from esophagitis, pain, or infection. Injury and irritation diagnosed at follow up may require medication or other treatments. If persistent, you may need to provide your cat with a diet of softer foods and small, frequent meals to calm irritation. Depending on the severity of the abrasions, antibiotics may be required to prevent infection of the damaged tissue. 

As previously mentioned, the rate of recovery following one of these obstructions is high and requires little ongoing management beyond close supervision of your cat's eating habits. 

Foreign Objects Stuck in the Throat Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chino
Housecat
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My cat had diarrea and vomiting out of nowhere its been a week she only drinks water doesn't eat at all she had kittens two months ago. What could be wrong? I need help. We do not have a vet she is dying of hunger

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for diarrhoea and vomiting which may including infections, parasites, poisoning, food intolerance among other issues; without examining her I cannot say for certain what the cause is and treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause. If there is an infection, antibiotics would be required which would need to be prescribed by a Veterinarian. I don’t know how far a Veterinarian is away from you but you should make the journey regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loki
Bengal
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swallowing randomly

Every now and again my cat will look upwards when he is resting, and he will start swallowing. It is random timing. He did it a few months ago and then stopped, now I notice he is doing it again. He did it yesterday & today. He is healthy weight and doesn't gag or cough at all. Seems like an annoyance or something, but I worry if I should take him to the vet or not??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure from your description if that behavior is completely normal, or is a problem. Since it doesn't seem to happen very often and is unusual, it would be a good idea to have him examined and make sure that everything is okay with him. If you are able to video the episodes, it may help your veterinarian to determine what is happening when he is having them. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Ms. Kitty
Korat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing,noisy breathing,weight los

How can I help my cat without going to the vet?Do u think there is something in her throat? What would you recommend?(I think she got something stuck in her throat, like something she ate outside) she is coughing, breathing noisily, lost a lot of weight, but still at some food

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ms Kitty I cannot say whether or not she has anything in her throat; while I recognise that you may be hesitant to visit a Veterinarian, this should be treated as an emergency since without examining her I cannot say what the best course of action would be. You should visit your Veterinarian for an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gary
long hair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Seems something is stuck in throat

Medication Used

none

What can I do to help my cat? He has something stuck in his throat, he can breath, but keeps trying to cough something up. He keeps getting a lot of burrs on him and I wonder if he swallowed one

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Don’t attempt to move anything yourself, you should take Gary to your Veterinarian immediately for an examination if you suspect that there is something stuck in his throat; this isn’t something to wait and see if Gary is in distress trying to bring up whatever may be there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dibala
Black and white
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing heavily no eating
Breathing heavily

My cat Is breathing heavily and isn't eating he keeps gaging and I don't have money to take how m to the vet I think he might have a bone stuck in his throat can I give him food oil so that the object can come up what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Respiratory issues can be very serious in cats. From what you describe, Dibala needs to be seen by a veteirnarian. He may have asthma, a bacterial infection, or heart disease. Many clinics offer a free first exam that you can use to have him seen and determine what might be going on with him.

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Jojo
Taby
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating, yaps his mouth, drools

Medication Used

I am using Katalax for his hairball

My cat has stopped eating. I took him to the vets and they done xray to bowls to see if there was foreign object but nothing and all he had was hairballs. He also done extensive blood taken and they all came back good and liver and kidneys are all fine for 10yr old cat. However he still will not eating but drinks water and now and again dry food but he drools from mouth and yaps like he has something in mouth. Vet told me that his teeth do not look like it would be the cause but i am worried as he has lost lots of weight. I have spent a lot of money and still none the wiser of his illness.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Jojo it is difficult to say specifically what the cause for the symptoms are, a loss of appetite and drooling would be consistent with dental disorders but your Veterinarian has ruled this out; there are many causes which may lead to these symptoms which may include foreign objects, dental issues, throat injury, internal disease, medication side effects, poisoning among other causes. Try to force feed Jojo by mixing some smooth wet food with water and syringing slowly to the mouth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tootsie
Pixi bob
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhroea - gagging chewing

Hi ,I took my cat to the vet on Saturday late night as she had been vomiting even when she took water- looked like bile from the stomach - injected with anti anflamatory and antibiotic - sunday she had little food and vomited once. Yesterday diarrhoea - today again and she is now not eating and seems to be gagging as if she is trying to brings something up like a chewing motion - as there is something stuck. She gets so stressed when I take her to the vets - biting, going frantic that I have been reluctant and also in the hope that she may bring it up or clear herself. Now I am getting worried. The next step is to put her under and check for a foreign object that may be lodged - should give her some more time? before I take this option

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tootsie I cannot say whether I suspect that there is a foreign object or not, but I would recommend returning to your Veterinarian soon as all this gagging will be very distressing for her. Your Veterinarian may choose to perform an x-ray of the throat to look for any abnormalities to be on the safe side before going ahead to look for any foreign objects. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Briar
tabby
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hoarse meow

My cat has lost its voice, he doesn't have any other symptoms. He hasn't been coughing or sneezing, just a hoarse meow. He's been actin completely normal and has been eating and drinking

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A change in voice (meow) may be attributable to various causes which may include laryngitis, thyroid enlargement, infections, foreign objects among other causes; it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at Briar to determine a cause so that he may receive the correct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patches
Tuxido
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic

My cat has been coughing and gagging and foaming at the mouth, we saw the vet and he said we could wait it out and see what happens or get a surgery because he has gas in his stomach. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on what the cause of the foaming at the mouth is; foreign objects, dental disorders, poisoning, respiratory distress among other causes may cause foaming. Without knowing the specific cause I cannot tell you what the best course of action is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for helping I really appreciate it and it seems like he's doing just fine today.

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Peanut
Shorthair
20 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heaving, retching, coughing, vomiti

Medication Used

Catlax

My cat has been constantly coughing, retching and gagging for days now. She struggles to swallow her food especially if it's her dry food. When she eats the wet food, she sometimes vomits after ingesting it. Even after drinking water struggles to swallow. I have been to the vet and they said she was fine and it will go away and I should continue giving her Catlax. However, it seems like she is getting worse

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Peanut I cannot say whether there is something to be concerned about or not; sometimes cats may have some issues with swallowing for a variety of different reasons but if it is getting worse you should visit another Veterinarian for another examination to see if they are able to find any underlying cause for these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lincoln
short hair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Won't eat

Hello,

My cat has had a recurrent fever and refuses to eat. He acts like he wants to eat. We've been to the vet several times and everything the vet is checking for keeps checking back normal. He's been given antibiotics, appetite stimulants, fluids, x-rays of the stomach, etc. Today the cat ate a little bit of wet food but he was eating kind of funny. He would eat and then back away and kept moving his mouth in a chewing motion as if he was having issues eating or swallowing the food. It's hard to describe so I took a video. Is it possible that he could have something stuck in his throat that would cause a fever as well as the refusal to eat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A foreign object in the throat or an injury to the throat may result in swallowing difficulties; generally it can be difficult to see foreign objects in the throat on an x-ray so may be missed, the best way to visualise is with a laryngoscope. Without examining Lincoln I cannot determine the severity of the condition and would recommend returning to your Veterinarian with the video. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Unknown
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

In description

Medication Used

none

My cat had three episodes on Saturday (the vet wasn't in) where she would reach her paw up towards her mouth and not respond to anything. She did not cry out or use the bathroom on herself during this time (which is why we think it wasn't a stroke, especially since it seemed to not have any effects on her other than when it was happening). The vet said to give her clear syrup (sugary) to make sure it wasn't a glucose issue. We did this a few hours like he said. Stopped for fear it would constipate her. On Sunday, she threw up a few times. Tuesday morning (4am), she was sitting in the floor, meowed and brought her hand to her mouth. This time, she didn't check out like she did on Saturday.

Other than those. She is eating, drinking, sleeping. She is going to the bathroom normally (pee, poop) and even playing with us and our other two cats. She walks around fine on her legs, she doesn't sway or stagger. She jumps onto beds and sleeps and gets loved on. Loves a belly rub. Her right eye watered a bit on Sunday and had a little bit of clear residue, but it seems to be better now (Tuesday).

I can't figure out what is wrong and it's snowing too bad, so I can't get her to the vet until later this week.

She has an oddly shaped snout and was a stray before we took her in. She has had infections from being a stray, but those were treated with antibiotics from vet and have not come back for years now.

Of course, we had the tree up for a while and I'm a worry wort, so I'm wondering if she could have swallowed anything or is this a tooth ache? Or what could it be? I've seen in her mouth when she yawns and I can't tell anything is out of place. Her tongue looks to be a normal color, might be a bit light but doesn't seem purple (like some people say it will with a thread wrapped around).

She does sleep a lot, especially after playing with the other cats, but she is a house cat, she sleeps a lot normally -- and with it being cold outside, she also sleeps a lot during cold weather.

I've been trying to monitor everything down to the last detail. I've probably forgotten something, but there's all that I have.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kitty it is difficult to say what the specific cause of this behaviour is; foreign objects, laryngeal paralysis, traumatic injury to the throat/mouth, dental issues, masses among other causes may be causing this behaviour. It is important that you keep a close eye on her and ensure that she is keeping hydrated and is able to eat soft wet food; without an examination I am not able to give you any indication to a specific cause or a treatment but continue to stay in contact with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She may not be meowing as often as she usually does (she likes to throw a fit when she wants to be played with to let us know she needs attention right then). And she licks her mouth a little frequently, and has done so since before the episodes on Saturday.

I think, the last time we weighed her, she was 9 pounds and hasn't lost any weight since then.

She meows and at first it sounded a little hoarse, but then yesterday (around 6pm Monday) when she meowed for me to come pet her, it sounded normal, I think.

She struggles a bit in the bathroom lately, but she always gets the number 2 out. It doesn't result in her meowing or hissing or puking while she's in the litter box. It just looks a bit strained to me. Or just tries it in one litter box, doesn't get much out then goes right over to another litter box shortly after and then gets it out.

A few times her head has felt warm, but her paws haven't. It does go away though. And she does like to sleep with her head titled against one of our furry throws.

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Gibronni
Snowshoe Siamese
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat's meow is mostly gone as in his voice box and he coughs sometimes like he's trying to spit up a hairball but more than usual to think something might be lodged in his throat because I've been assuming he was sick but now I'm wondering thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can get infections, inflammation, or asthma conditions that can cause those signs. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be going on, and get him any treatment that he might need.

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Aimi
Ragdoll
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swallowing

Cat was eating when she did a sharp cough and gag before repeatedly trying to swallow. She only ate about a mouthful but now just circles and sniffs her food but won't eat. Can feel food in throat but she has no trouble breathing

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Aimi has food or anything else stuck in the throat you should visit your Veterinarian as there is a risk that it may move to the respiratory tract causing choking or aspiration pneumonia. There isn’t anything I can recommend for you to do at home at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

This is exact thing has just happened to my cat. I fed him, he may have got only a few grains of food into his mouth and he got a fright. Ran off, coughed and sat breathing with his mouth open for a minute or so. Then he tried to cough and gagged. He’s acting very timid. Could the food eventually pass if it is stuck in his throat? It’s Sunday and there are no open veterinarians so I’m hoping that if there is something stuck, will he be okay until tomorrow when the vet opens?

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Roman
Bobtail
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Throat irritation
Vomiting
mucus
Coughing

Medication Used

metronidazole
Fluid therapy

I went to the vet today, they are unsure of the issue. Cat is swallowing hard as if something is stuck. Xray showed no foreign objects. Cat seems to be active still but has this gulp swallow that has a flex to kick his head forward. Stomach was fine just gas and lungs were clear. Any help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Roman got a clean bill of health from your veterinarian, I'm not sure what might be causing this problem for him. If he chewed on a plant, or a wire or other caustic substance, that may cause the tissues of his throat to be swollen or irritated. I hope that he is okay.

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Oscar
Yellow cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat acts lile he has something in this throat. He settles on the floor amd coughs and his head goes forward towards the floor. He done this once before and it went away a few months ago. He is a very curious cat and is into everything so i worry he ate something and its hing. I looked in his mouth amd cant see anything and he is still eating food and water. Any suggestions on what i could give him to help the object slide down or cough up in case it is a foreign object. The coughing isnt loud.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That type of coughing can be a sign of a hairball, an allergy, heartworm disease, or asthma. Since I can't see Oscar, I can't determine what might be going on with him, and with breathing or coughing issues it is always better to be safe than sorry. It would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian to see if there is anything wrong that may need treatment for him. If you are able to video the episodes, it will be helpful as he may not have one when he is being examined.

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Chloe
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging, had trouble swallowing

Would a hairball show on a chest X-ray or abdominal series?
My 1 year old cat was seen in ER last night for vomiting twice (first one had bile, second clear) and then nonproductive gagging for 2 to 3 hours, and X-rays showed only increased gas in intestines. Impression gastroenteritis perhaps from eating something noxious. No blood work. Ate mouse 24 hrs before onset of symptoms. Prior to ER ate one tiny morsel of dry, then wet food and could not swallow it without gagging. Given IM antiemetic with 24 hr duration. This am hungry and sometimes playful but still not feeling well.This am ate some wet food and tiny amount of water then began gagging again, less severe and without vomiting.
She likes to eat spiders and chases wasps. Her brothers have been stung on the feet and mouth by wasps in the past. First time she has caught a mouse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hairballs would show up on an x-ray and if you Google ‘cat hairball x-ray’ you will see some examples of hairballs on an x-ray (I couldn’t find any copyright free examples to link below), although they can be difficult to spot in some cases; there are many different causes for vomiting in cats which may include hairballs but also may include other obstructions (foreign objects, ileus), poisoning, spoiled food, laryngeal disorders, infections from the mouse that was consumed among other causes. For now ensure that Chloe is kept hydrated and follow up with your regular Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www2.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/danger-hairballs

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Emmi
Siamese
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi,my 8 week old kitten "Emmi" is very tiny. She weighs 2.1 pounds. She was doing great and then suddenly started acting very lethargic and wasn't eating much. This continued for about 4 to 5 days. I took her to the vet and she was running 104.7 fever. They said she was dehydrated and kept her overnight for observation. They tested her for leukemia and they did a fecal exam and administered pain medicine and fluids. The next day I was told she was much better and brought her home. The vet was never able to tell me what was wrong with her. She's been home now 3 days and is still very lethargic and not eating much. She does funny things with her mouth a lot and I am wondering if she could have something lodged in her throat because she doesn't meow anymore and when she eats her wet kitten food she seems like she has difficulty swallowing. Also have noticed she has black stuff under her eyes. Anyways, not sure what to do at this point. I've already spent so much money at the vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many reasons for fevers in cats, and if a cat has a fever, it typically won't eat, will be lethargic, and can get dehydrated. Because of the cost of testing for the cause of a fever, we often treat the fever and monitor for improvement. I'm not sure if Emmi is on any medication currently, but if she is not improving, it would be okay to call your veterinarian, let them know that things aren't getting much better for her, and see if they have suggestions on what might be able to be done to help her continue to improve. A recheck exam will also let them reassess her to see if anything has changed.

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Mosi
Unknown
16 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hoarse voice and purr
Dispondency
discomfort
lethergy
Coughing

I think my cat has something in her throat, she is coughing and very upset. At first she wasn't eating, but then the thing in her throat seemed to move and she is eating normally but is still coughimg and obviously uncomfortable. The last time I took her in the car to the vets she had a seizure so I dont want to take her unless absolutely necessary.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Mosi, I can't determine if she has something stuck in her throat or if there is something else going on. If she continues to eat, and there is something stuck, it may move past her throat and stop bothering her. If she is not eating, or she becomes lethargic, or she continues coughing, she probably does need to be examined by a veterinarian, as she may need treatment, and it may be something other than an object stuck in her throat.

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De
Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
choking
Coughing

My cat isn’t gagging and seams to be choking but I can’t see anything inside of her throat. I’ve tried looking many times. I think I may have saw her eat something before she started gagging. The gagging has slowed down at this point but I’m still really unsure. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If De is gagging and choking, she may have something stuck in her throat, and she should be seen at your nearest veterinary clinic right away.

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Dakota
Cat
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Hypersalivating

My cat began hypersalivating when trying to eat. Within one minute of beginning to eat wet food, she'd salivate and the food would drop out. She lost 1/5 lb in 4 days. ER vet did xray and major esophegeal swelling. Kept her overnight, fasting, and did sonogram this AM. Don't see any objects. Says there's no issue. I pointed out that she's not been trying to swallow anything. They said she probably passed it. Thoughts?? Please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Dakota myself it is difficult to say, if she is not wanting to swallow anything you (or your Veterinarian) should ensure that she is kept hydrated for the time being. If the esophagus is inflamed, a cause needs to be determined and the condition managed. However, I cannot recommend any specific treatment is this instance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Benny
American Shorthair
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling
Stumbling, licking, shaking head

My kitten seems to have something logged in his throat or the back of his mouth and is sticking his tongue out and around his mouth, curling it up very strangely.. It is scaring me and is really bothering him, he hasn’t eaten or drunken any water since I noticed this behavior when I got home a few hours ago.. I’m scared he is going. To choke but when I reached around and looked around his mouth I could see anything!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Benny, I'm not sure if he has something stuck in his throat , or his mouth, or not. If he is acting that strangely, and his behavior is that concerning, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible at your nearest 24 hour clinic. I hope that all is well with him.

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Blackie
possible American Shorthair
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
extra smelly urine
refuses to eat and drink
Whining
Sleepy
Weakness
no interest in anything
Weight Loss
Open mouth breathing

Medication Used

none

My kittens is open mouth breathing and I've researched everywhere and find nothing.
Can you help me? I can't afford a veterinarian.

Possible sickness
Asthma
Cold/ flu
Choking/ something in her throat
May need to vomit
Fish bone?
Heartworm
respiratory parasites
Tumors
Heart failure
Pneumonia

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Blackie, I can't determine what might be going on, and can't offer any treatment over an email. She does sound like she needs medical attention, and all of that list is possible. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first exams, and that may allow you to have her seen and at least have a better idea as to what might be going on. I hope that she is okay.

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Willow
Siamese
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

not Eaten yet
Quieter than normal ignoring food
Quieter than normal

My 3 month old kitten had a longish piece of wire lodged in her throat for just a few seconds until my daughter pulled it out but now she seems to have a sore throat. It happened last night and she’s been acting a bit lethargic and quiet and hasn’t eaten yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your daughter may have caused some injury to the throat or oral cavity when pulling out the wire; Willow’s throat may be sore for a few days after this especially if the wire scratched the inside of the throat. If Willow normally eats kibbles, give her some wet food which may be more gentle on the throat; if you see no improvement over the weekend visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr Turner. Willow seems much better now and although a bit quiet still, she’s eaten some wet food and is playing with her brother again. It looks like everything is going to be ok thank goodness.

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Cheshire
mixed
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My cat choked on a chicken bone the other day and since had had a small cough every now and then. I should mentions its an out door cat and has no shots should I be worried it could be another type of problem besides a sore throat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Cheshire, I can't determine what the cause of the cough might be, if it is related to the chicken bone or another problem. If he is an outdoor cat and doesn't have vaccines, he could have a viral infection that needs treatment. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess his throat and the cough, and determine if he needs any therapy. They can also start his vaccinations, as it is quite dangerous for an outdoor cat to be unvaccinated - there are so many infectious diseases that are preventable.

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Theo
Somali and tabby mix
1
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Poor Appetite
Snoring
Gagging

Medication Used

Famotidine 2.5 mg per day. (9.5 lb)

My 11 month cat has been gagging a lot lately without really throwing up. He also has poor appetite and lethargy. He has lost his meow and also started snoring. His vet performed a full X-ray and did blood work. But there was no sign of foreign objects or infection. He had a lot of gas though that the X-rays showed. We recently got a second kitten (checked by the vet and is in good health) and my 11 month old cat started having his symptoms 3-4 days after they were introduced. He plays with the kitten but is cautious and wary of us. Which is unusual for him. Should I get a second opinion or is this just something that will pass. He has been improving a little in his appetite and his bowels are normal too.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gagging may be caused by many different causes and may be due to an irritant in the air which we are not aware of; infections, foreign objects, masses, hairballs, acid reflux among others are the usual causes of gagging, but it can sometimes be difficult to find a cause. Thick mucus may also cause gagging and may be difficult to diagnose or treat; all the usual causes would have been ruled out by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ava
Russian Blue
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Deepened meow, strange noises

I think my cat has something stuck in her windpipe. She’s still eating, drinking and acting playful but her meow has deepened and she makes slightly louder and weird sounds when her mouth is opened. Like if she needs to gag or if something is stuck in her throat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Ava had something in her trachea she would be in distress and trying to bring it up, there are other possibilities from laryngeal disorders, thyroid enlargement, infections among other causes; without examining Ava I cannot say what the specific cause is and would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a listen to her chest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepper
Short hair tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing, hacking, puking, snoring

My cat is about 2 years old, she gags and makes a hacking noise several times a day, has been throwing up food that looks almost completely undigested and hairballa, she is snoring now and breaths quite loudly. However she will eat as normal and still plays as normal. Should I have concern and take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I do think that she would benefit from an exam by your veterinarian, yes. Some causes for her signs include food intolerance, hairballs, bacterial infections, and polyps. Your veterinarian will be able to look at her, run any tests that need to be run, and come up with a plan to help her. I hope that she is okay!

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Sissy
Not sure
1 Month
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cough ; sneez

My cat isn’t eating & feels like she may have something stuck in her throat, she sometimes acts as if she’s trying to get whatever it is is come up but nothing ever does & she’s sneezing & sounds like she’s coughing here & there & she’s also been sleeping most of the day & isn’t being herself.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Sissy needs to see a veterinarian. She may or may not have something stuck in her throat, and a veterinarian will be able to examine her and see what is going on, since she does not seem to feel good. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Memow
Yellow tabby
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive licking after eat
Rapid Breathing Noisy breathing.
Rapid breathing

Medication Used

Baytril Dex Prefnisone

My cat has been breathing rapidly and has noisy breathing. The vet treated her for respiratory infection with baytril and dex injections
for a month. Now she is on prednisone daily. The symptoms remain. She has forceful burps after eating as well??? What else could this possibly be besides a respiratory infection? Could something small be lodged somewhere for this long?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Possible causes for that problem might be fungal or bacterial infections, asthma, bronchitis, or cancer. If she hasn't responded after this long, it would be best to have a recheck, recheck some x-rays, and see what is causing her problems. Unfortunately, without seeing Memow, I am not able to diagnose what might be going on - I hope that you are able to resolve her breathing problems soon!

My cat is coughing and gagging and has been foaming at the mouth and he has gas in his stomach but I'm not sure what to do or what would be the proper treatment for my cat?

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Romey
Black and white
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging

My cat just recently started acting like something is stuck in her throat. If she try’s to eat she gags and throws up right after. I don’t think she’s even drinking water. I tried some tuna juice yesterday she did fine. This morning tried little bit of tuna meat. She started eating it and starts gagging again and mucous like comes out with the tuna. I haven’t really seen her go to her box to use the bathroom. Also we just recently got another cat. Maybe it’s stressed her out? Not sure. But this has started after a few weeks of having the other cat. I’m worried something is stuck in her throat. Sometimes when she’s just sitting there she like trying to get something out it seems like and just can’t. We tried the haorball gel and she gagged it up and threw up. Has anyone ever experianced something like this?

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Paris
Longhaired domestic
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting,
Vomiting

Cat came in the house hacking,took 20 minutes for long hairball to come
Up.throwing up food ever since.vet checked blood,did xray of stomach and lungs did sonogram of andomen,everything looks good.cant keep any food down.

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Elsa
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

8 week old kitten vomiting every time she eats sleeps a lot very skinny and Boney feeling.my daughter got her online the kitten was already sick I'm trying to fatten her up but she vomits a lot and sometimes will start to eat the vomit. Very worried. I almost think her neck inside was hurt somehow and it's causing the vommitting

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Elsa I cannot determine the specific underlying cause for the vomiting; kittens are prone to worms and should be given an effective anthelmintic every two weeks until the age of twelve or sixteen weeks; also infections, congenital deformities, foreign objects among many other causes may also lead to vomiting. It would be best given her age and severity of symptoms that you visit a Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much. Will get her to the vet asap.😺😊😊😊😺

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Romeo
American Short Hair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging, dry puking, regurgitating

My cat has been gagging, dry puking, and spitting up solid food for the past week. We have taken him to the vet to check for a respiratory infection or other. They took blood samples and ran test and told us there was nothing they could do but give him wet food. Several days later with numerous hairball treatments, all wet food diet there is no change. We think he may have eaten some plastic (he’s tried to before) but we dont think that the veterinarian will do much... what could we do to remove or help pass it? It doesnt seem to be at the front of his throat or in his mouth... we are at a loss for what to do next. Would X-Rays be the next move? Thanks ~ Savannah.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Foreign objects or trauma to the throat may cause similar symptoms, but this isn’t something to try and check yourself as you may cause further injury. The first step would be to check the throat with a laryngoscope to try to visualise any foreign objects or trauma at the back of the throat (a borescope may also be used). If nothing is seen, then an x-ray may be recommended but other causes should be ruled out first by the Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepsi
British short hair
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Our cat Pepsi has just started to cough which I can only describe as a noise as if she had a piece of balloon stuck which she didn't. The cough was like a high pitched squeak she is fine now and sleeping. I think she must of inhaled a hair or something. I will keep an eye on her as she looks and sounds completely normal now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am glad that she is comfortable. If that happens again, it would be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well with her.

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Sheppard
Shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

My cat, Sheppard, has been wheezing loudly, not eating much of anything, and his throat is very sensitive when I try to massage it. He is extremely lethargic. Does this sound like an obstruction?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for wheezing with foreign objects being one of the causes; other causes include laryngeal paralysis, infections, enlarged thyroid among other causes. You should monitor Sheppard for the time being but visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether there is a serious cause or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
manecoon mix
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging

Hello. I have a manecoon mix, who’s 13 years old. all of a sudden we noticed him not eating or using the restroom. So we tried feeding him some chicken, tuna, and wet cat food with no luck. he looks like he wants to eat, but when he tries to eat, he gags, almost as if there’s something stuck in his throat. So my mother and i decided to look down his throat, and with no luck, didn’t find anything. We don’t have any money to bring him to the vet, so it’s a last call kind of thing. Any advice??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bailey may have some dental problems, or a systemic problem that is causing him to not want to eat. Unfortunately, without seeing him, I can't determine what is going on with him, and it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that might allow you to have him seen, or there may be a low cost clinic in your area that can see him. I hope that he is okay.

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Finn
tabby
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging

My cat has been sounding like he has mucus stuck in his throat?? At least it sounds like that to me. He eats, sleeps, and plays normally. But sometimes he does small gags as if to clear his throat. Other than that he acts like a normal cat.. he hasn't coughed up any hair balls either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Finn is otherwise alright, I would just keep an eye on him in the meantime to see if there are any other symptoms; a little bit of viscous mucus can be difficult to move; you should let him in the bathroom with you when you shower so that he can breath in the warm humid air which may help loosen anything back there. However, if this persists, you would need to visit your Veterinarian to try and determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fiona
Tabby mix
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Crackly noise in throat
Won't eat

My cat is making a strange crinkly noise seemingly from the back of her throat when she swallows. I'm worried she has something stuck in her throat. When she tries to eat or drink she immediately pulls back sits up on her back legs and wipes her face with both paws. She is able to lick water off herself but still the crinkly noise. But she is otherwise acting completely normal. I'm nervous because it is midnight on thanksgiving and have no idea if this an emergency or not! She's only 5 months old never been to the vet, has spay appointment next week. Please advise!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be something as simple as an offending hair at the back of the throat or something more serious, without examining Fiona I cannot say what the specific cause of this action is. You should elevate the food and water bowls to see if there is any improvement but should check the back of her throat to see if you can see anything. Monitor her in the meantime, but if it continues visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tinku
Normal cat
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tooth break
Sit and lay down his head
Feel drowzy
No eating

Medication Used

Lincomycin
Lincomycin with diazpam

My cat teeth was broken on last sunday. After that he didnt eat any type of food... One teeth was broken but it was stick in his mouth...when I wake up in morning the teeth was gone.... I take him to doctor he give some injection and say he will be fine... Meanwhile he was not drinking but later he started drink alot... Now my from last four days he is not moving to inch...no eating only drinking water... He eats fresh chicken(neck pieces).. i also buy can tuna food but he is eating nothing...he is too weak due to not eating.. I have give him some milk with sugar... But now what to do... A simple teeth break should not make him like that.. One thing I forgot is that on first day after this incident I give him brufen syrup...but later he start vomiting.. like yellowish type... Now what I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Tinku, I cannot determine what might be wrong with him, but I agree, he should not be this sick from a broken tooth. It would be best to follwo up with yoru veterinarian and have him seen again, as he is probably dehydrated, and may be suffering from an infection or infectious disease. He may have had a systemic effect from the ibuprofen, and he should be examined and given supportive care until your veterinarian can determine what is going on with him. I Hope that he is okay.

My cat , Ollie , has not been acting the same. He gags a lot and seems close to vomiting but nothing comes out. He just swallows right after he gags. He seems weak now and his voice is very dry and faint. I’m very worried that something serious might be wrong with him.

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louie
house cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

something stuck in his throat but s

my cat is still eating and drinking but is very lethargic unlike his normal naughty self .. I have t seen him eat anything by does go hunting in the garden ..pls help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately lethargy is a very vague symptom and may be a symptom of many different conditions, ideally you should have your Veterinarian check Louie over to look for other symptoms which may lead to a diagnosis to explain the lethargy. If you believe that Louie may have a foreign object stuck in his throat you should visit your Veterinarian for a check and removal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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