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What is Dry Heaving?

Dry heaving (or retching) can sound like a minor cough or a major episode of gagging and stomach contractions. In some cases, it may just be a simple case of a hairball or tickle in the throat or it could be a serious issue such as intestinal blockage or organ disease. If your cat is just eating too fast and spitting up the food he just ate, this is not usually a medical problem; it is more of a portion control issue that you can fix by giving your cat smaller portions. However, there are some types of dry heaving that could mean something else. If you notice your cat dry heaving more than once, it could be a sign of one of these issues:

  • Hairballs
  • Nausea
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Foreign body in throat or stomach
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease

Usually, it is a good idea to take your cat to the veterinarian if you notice him dry heaving continually just to be sure there is no serious problem.

Why Dry Heaving Occurs in Cats

Even though dry heaving may be nothing to worry about, it is always best to check with a veterinary professional if you are concerned. Here are some of the more common reasons why this may occur in your cat:

Hairballs

All cats can get hairballs once in awhile because they are constantly grooming themselves and ingesting hair. This is usually nothing to worry about as your cat will sometimes dry heave a few times before coughing up a big ball of hair. However, if your cat is constantly trying to cough up the hair and cannot seem to do so, you should take him to see your veterinary care provider.

Nausea

Similar to humans, cats can feel nauseous once in a while for no real major reason. It is usually just from eating too much, acid in the stomach, or may even be from eating spoiled food. This is not serious and will usually go away on its own. It is often accompanied by appetite loss, vomiting, and lethargy.

Gastroenteritis

Cats with gastroenteritis will likely have bouts of diarrhea and vomiting along with dry heaving. At times, the vomit may be yellow or white foam, which is caused by trying to vomit after the stomach is empty. It is caused by infections from parasites, viruses, bacteria, or reactions to a new food or medication. Other symptoms include depression, lack of appetite, and sleepiness.

Foreign Body in Throat or Stomach

Cats are always eating things that they should not be eating such as string, bugs, plastic, and foam. They are just like toddlers, putting everything they find in their mouth to see what it is. Sometimes this can cause a blockage in the intestinal tract, esophagus, or throat. If your cat is suddenly vomiting, dry heaving, has abdominal pain and swelling, and will not eat or drink, you need to take him to a veterinary care center immediately. This is a sign of obstruction caused by foreign items, hairballs, tumors, or even intestinal twisting. It is essential that you get it checked out right away to prevent dehydration or complete blockage, which can be fatal.

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease in cats is common as they get older and can cause nausea and vomiting with dry heaves at times. Other signs of kidney disease include increased thirst and urination, lethargy, depression, pale gums, itchiness, and weakness. There are many causes of kidney disease such as:

  • Obesity
  • Repeated kidney infections
  • Toxic substances
  • Dental diseases
  • Urinary tract obstruction or infection
  • Injury to the kidney
  • Birth defects
  • Genetic (British Shorthairs, Himalayans, and Persians)

Liver Disease

The liver is an essential organ in the body that is needed for filtering toxins, storing vitamins, and digesting nutrients. Because it has so many functions, the liver is more susceptible to damage and disease. Some of the other symptoms besides dry heaving are weight loss, appetite loss, head pressing, circling, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), pale gums, extreme thirst, distended abdomen, and depression.

Heart Disease

Heart disease can be common in cats as well. In fact, over one in ten pets have some form of heart disease. The two types of heart disease are congenital (present at birth) or acquired (caused by something). The most common heart diseases in cats include heartworm infection, blood vessel (vascular) disease, arrhythmia, and myocardial disease. In addition to dry heaving, heart disease can cause coughing, breathing difficulty, growth failure, weakness, irregular heart rate, and swollen abdomen.

What to do if your Cat is Dry Heaving

Hairballs can be treated by giving your cat hairball treatment or mineral oil. Some people also use butter. It is important to talk to your veterinarian first to be sure it is safe for your cat.

Nausea usually goes away on its own within a few hours. If it persists for longer than 24 hours or is accompanied by fever or other symptoms, you should call your veterinary care provider.

Gastroenteritis should be checked out by your veterinarian, who will perform laboratory and diagnostic tests as well as a physical examination.

A foreign body in throat or stomach has to be evaluated by your veterinarian who will be able to use an endoscope to look into the throat and digestive system and remove the obstruction.

Kidney, liver, and heart disease all need to be checked by your veterinary care provider right away.

Prevention of Dry Heaving

Hairballs can be prevented by brushing your cat daily and providing a nutritious diet with plenty of fiber.

Nausea may be prevented by keeping your pet’s food fresh and making sure the proportions are right for his age and breed.  

Preventing gastroenteritis includes keeping your cat up to date on their shots and other preventive medication. Also, be sure to keep your cat away from other animals that may be sick.

Preventing your cat from getting a foreign body in his throat or stomach is as simple as keeping any dangerous items away from your cat.

Kidney, liver, and heart disease are not usually preventable but preventing the cause as best you can is recommended. For example, damage to the heart caused by heartworm can be prevented by a following a veterinary advised regimen of heartworm medication. In addition, to prevent all of these and other issues, you should bring your cat to see the veterinarian at least once per year.

Cost of Dry Heaving

The cost of dry heaving can run about $75 for an office visit and medication to treat difficult hairballs, and about $100 to $200 for tests to determine the cause of nausea or gastroenteritis. A foreign object may cost a bit more for test or as much as a few thousand to remove the object surgically if necessary. Kidney, liver, and heart disease can all be expensive, from $200 up to $35,000 for transplant, if needed. On average, the cost of dry heaving in cats is about $2,000.

Dry Heaving Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Antiemetic & famotodine. Antiacidic drug
Black& white
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nausea

Hi my cat is about 4years old, he vomited 3 days ago once then the next day again so I took hm to the vetrenery and he examined him,& gave him antiemetic injection, after an hour he was fine started eating as he told me boiled chicken, but the next day he was still nuctious, & seems that he wants to vomit but nothing is coming so I took him again and he examined him again& gave him onther antiemetic injection, and antacid tablet for a week, he became better ,& eating better but 2 hours ago he started to be nauxtious again but also nothing is coming then he’s breathing was loud for several min then become normal again ..I don’t know what is the problem?

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Hanzo
British shorthair cat
6 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

Medication Used

none

My kitten has had numerous problems since we picked him up. Stubborn case of earmites, worms twice and now it seems a cold-like-illness twice as well.
He's been dry-heaving maybe twice a day for a few days and with past experience with cats, I just assumed it was hairballs or vomit. Nothing ever comes up though, it's almost like whatever it is, he swallows again? I'm thinking maybe its phlegm since he's been sniffly for a week or so.
It would just be nice to hear what others think before I make a costly trip to the vet - in case I'm just overreacting.

yesterday I gave my cat a 1/2 tablet of drontal dewormer.
Today she is gagging, vomiting, and making a weird nasal sound, her back legs seem weak. Has any of you given your a pill, or maybe your cat has piece of grass stuck in its nose. i reading up above and if something is stuck in throat like a pill this will cause gagging reflex. I believe that what's wrong with my cat.

Hi there. Has your cat gotten any better? Dealing with same thing after dewormer.

Those worm pills are supposed to be very good with no side affects but they are so big, I can't get it down my cat nor will he eat his food if I crush it up onto the food. Hopefully, like us humans, it will go down with enough food or fluid. Sometimes a certain vitamin I take seems to get stuck.

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Casper
Bicolour
4 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hacking and making loud sounds

My cat is a little over 4 years old he had been throwing up yesterday was a clump of food and tonight he was like hacking pretty bad and then threw up a small puddle of like clear liquid and then he was fine and then a half hour ago he was hacking as if he was about to puke nothing happened and while he was hacking he was like screeching and making really loud noises . Don’t know what to do ! 😓

someone needs to research this issue further. Dry heaving. something is happening here? There are too many cases of this problem. Is anyone seeing this. very strange.

I had 1 cat throw up a few times Mon./Tues. then was dry heaving/spitting up, and just looking like he didn't feel well. Took him to the vet but all checked out including an x-ray. He got a shot for nausea and 1 anti-inflammatory due to hoarse throat.Day 3 of his episode I had another cat start the same thing! They eat different foods so it's not that... and tonight, cat #3 is dry heaving,w/ hoarse voice but otherwise seems fine?!

I'm going through the same thing right now 3 of my cats started gagging, vomiting, also lethargic and glassy eyes and one was constipated and had diarrhea at the same time. one after the other. x-rays clear, blood work and fecal exam good. The only thing in common with them all is the food they were eating prior to this happening. Vet is dumbfounded as well. I'm beside myself

My cat sleeps on my bed at night and last night and tonight literally about 10 minutes ago started dry heaving and I’m getting quite worried and think I’m going to tell my mum to take her to the vet I will post in here everything that is said

@ Casper's Owner: Did you find our what was wrong? The same thing just happened to my cat. Blood work came back fine. They gave her IV fluids and discovered she had tapeworm, so I cam home with drontal and cerrenia for nausea. The dr. gave her an antibiotic injection. She has eaten a little since she got home this p.m., but still is gagging/hacking a little. Hoping this will go away after the tapeworm dies.

I am dealing with the same thing with 2 of my cats. Blood work is fine and no parasites. My other cats have no issues. They were given medicine for nausea and a steroid shot. They started to feel better, but they seem to be declining again.

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Kitty
American Shorthair
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat has recently started to dry heave, I noticed it and kept watching her thinking it is just a normal hairball. She has been doing it for a few days now so I’m starting to get a little worried. She recently had liver failure about two months ago but we went to the vet and he gave her a shot and she’s fine now. Her diet hasn’t changed and I don’t know what is wrong, I also read to put a little bit of petroleum jelly on her paw so she can lick it off to get a hairball a little bit unstuck, it doesn’t seem to have helped any. She doesn’t have any loss of Apetite and is playing and acts normal.

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Little Lady
white
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lazy and will not eat

My cat is spitting up greenish foam. She started doing this Monday night. She keeps hiding and going in weird places. She finally started coming out at night last night. She keeps acting like something is stuck in her mouth like licking over and over almost like if it was gagging but not. I have no money and don’t know what to do. Please help.

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Sadie
Domestic Grey Tabby
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Retching, Light Vomiting, Diarrhea

My cat is and she's recently started retching 3 to 4 times a night. This has been going on for about a week. She has vomited small amounts of yellow foam a few times and has diarrhea twice. Her water intake is normal but she's not eating her regular dry food. She wants to eat treats and other things. Her sleep patterns seem normal for her age, as do the majority of her bowel movements and frequency of urination. She's never been sick. I got a hairball soft chew for her today as she does a great deal of grooming herself. I gave her Cosequin briefly, but have stopped. ??? Help!! Not ready to lose my girl.

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Lucky
Domestic longhair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat is 6 years old and over the past two weeks just starting dry heaving. He does it multiple times a day. He may only actually throw up once a week if that. Him and his brother are both long hair cats and like to bathe each other. He is eating and drinking and acting like normal just this dry heaving thing. I just started grooming him and I get a lot of hair off of him if it’s hairballs. I just ordered hairball cream called cat lax and want to try that. Hoping it will help. Should I be more worried? Take him to the vet? Or wait and see how this cat lax stuff works?

Has this been resolved, if so, could you provide an update? Your cats situation and age is identical to mine and would love to know what course of action I should take...

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Maya
dsh
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dry heaves with an asthmatic wheez

Our 8 year old cat has been dry heaving for 5+ years, Spells last 15-30 seconds, sometimes hourly and maybe once a week a discharge about the size of a quarter. She seems fine before and afterwards, She eats and drinks well and plays with the dog. We have had her to our vet several times, 2 sets of x-rays 3 years apart and nothing untoward. A couple of medicines have had no change. She is a large 22 pound DSH spayed totally indoor cat with 1 dog she adores and another cat.

My cat has been doing the same thing. Were you able to find out what is wrong with your cat?

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Xena
tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry
Vomiting

My 2 year old tabby has had dry retching a few times during the past six months.
I took her to the vet and he gave her an injection which did not seem to have any effect.
The visit and injection cost £60 about $80.
She was a stray when she decided to move in and after trying all the lost cat sites for a few months, with no result, we decided that she would be staying.
She had already been spayed but not chipped so we had that done as well as giving her a course of injections having no idea if she had already had them.
At first she would not stay in but now is very reluctant to go out, I think some of this is to do with a pair of local cats which are very friendly but she is having none of it.
She eats well enough both dry and wet food and drinks plenty of water, however I have noticed that on the times she has gone out she is drinking from puddles.
Could this be a source of her vomiting?
She mostly has a bout of this early mornings and it can last for an hour or so but produces nothing is the way of vomit but occasionally clear liquid about a teaspoon full.
She is not exactly an ajile cat prefering to sleep most of the time but the bouts of vomiting does not seem to cause her any distress once it is over.
She has not produced any hair balls

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Ori
Black cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

laying around and sleeping alot
dry heaving with high pitch whine
moderately sexually active
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

none

My cat was a black stray kitten when we found him. He has no shots, no neuter, and no declaw. He was found in 2017 I believe which would make him 2 years old almost or 1 year 1/2. We took him in and he still has not had shots, neutering, or declaw due to money issues. I did deworm him because of round worms found in his stool since then no more round worms. Anyway he has started becoming very sexually active with his bed he lays in. Well every since we have noticed a dramatic change in him. All of a sudden he has lost interest in all foods except snacks which now he won't touch that much. He hardly drinks. He is extremely skinny almost like a skeleton. He lays around and sleeps alot. He still does the sexual thing with the bed from time to time, but that's been slacking down. He's been dry heaving with a high pitch whine when he does it. We don't know if he's picked up something from the bed cause he bites on it when doing the sexual thing. We don't know if he's got some other disease, worms, depression, we really don't know, but he is near dead. I can't take him to the vet because of money issues plus my work place won't let me off for a sick cat. Don't know what's going on. I miss my little ball of fur I fell in love with. He won't even hardly let us hold him since this all started. Any ideas please let me know. Every food we throw at him he just won't touch dry or wet and won't drink much if at all.

How is Ori? i know this was posted 2 months ago so checking in. What is the 'sexual thing' you're referring to? Is he trying to mount the bed?

That’s horrible you didn’t neuter Ori. A near dead cat should be at the vet no job or anything should get in your way. Surrender him to a shelter so he could get the proper vet care if you truly can’t afford a couple hundred dollars

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Boots
Unkno
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

gagging, dry heave

Our cat is 2 years old. About 2 months ago, Our cat began this wretching, dry heave, gagging issue, It wasn’t bad in the beginning, but now it’s gettting worse. She’s gagging at least 10 times a day. I tried feeding her different food, and used a slow feeder. I just bought a hairball treatment for her, and I hope it helps. If it doesn’t, I dread going to the vet. I have had several cats in my lifetime, and this is the strangest thing I have seen with a cat. She starts out with a spastic gut reflex and then starts wretching up, and nothing comes out, like a dry heave gag. Last Winter she was doing fine, but not sure what she ate, or what brought this dry, gagging issue. Any input cat lovers.

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Razzy
Gray
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat is almost a year old and for the past 2-3 days has been dry heaving multiple times a day. He hasn't puked or coughed anything up, but I'm really worried. He also hasn't acted any different but he's never done anything like this before.

hello did you ever find anything out my cat is in the exact to the t same boat!

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Minnie Mouse
short hair
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat Minnie Mouse was dry heaving spitting up a clear foamy liquid. This happened a few days after she hacked up some huge hairballs, they were the size of a couple of hotdogs, all at once. A couple of days later a small finger size hairball then came the dry heaving. She also looked sleepy and acted lethargic. I had ordered some hairball remedy online and was waiting for it to arrive so I applied a half a teaspoon of Vaseline to her paw as I read to do online as a home remedy and did the second day again. The third day I was worried and took her to the doctor. They couldn't find worms (I brought some doodoo) but said there was a type of worm that was hard to detect. They felt her, and took blood tests and found nothing wrong. During these three days she was eating, but not the normal amount and going the bathroom but was very lethargic and gagging frequently. The hairball remedy arrived and I began putting pea sized globs on her paw because if I wiped a larger amount on her side she just left it there, she was a very sick kitty. If I put a larger amount on her paw, she flicked it off. On day seven I decided that it may not have been enough hairball remedy and got more serious getting about seven pea sizes on her paws daily. After two days she showed a huge improvement. She was back waking me up in the morning, charging her brother Beethoven, eating normally and began grooming again. So then i started putting half inch globs of hairball remedy on her side twice a day. She was back to her normal self today but I am going to keep up the hairball remedy and monitor a few more days before I let the cats go outside again. I think the hairball remedy took more days than I thought it would and that it took more hairball remedy than I originally was using before she felt better. Remember, I took her to the doctor on day three and had her dewormed and everything checked out okay before I tried using more hairball remedy, but it seems to be working. Minnie has very thick plush fur. She's a short haired cat but her fur is very very thick.

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Max
Shorthair mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat, Max, has been dry heaving for the past week or two, with no other symptoms. He never brings anything up when he does it and I've stopped jumping when I hear him start because I know nothing is following it. He has no other symptoms - he's the same cat he's always been, which is to say he's still a jerk & gets into everything and has not slowed down attacking & playing with our other cat, and dog. We have not changed his food recently. He's not sleeping excessively, and his appetite has not changed. His abdomen is not distended, and he's not sneezing/coughing. His only symptom is the dry heaving, which usually lasts for anywhere from 1-5 minutes per episode.

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Princess
tabby
2 1/2 yeara
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Hardly eating
puking

My cat has been dry heaving for the past 3-4 days. I thought it was just a hairball, but today she has been on and off throwing up. She has hardly eaten today. I just got a puppy and he's drank from her water bowel a couple times, could that have caused her to get sick?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no real reason why a dog and a cat cannot share a water bowl, most diseases are species specific and don’t affect the other; parasites and some bacterial infections are the exception to the rule in some cases. Ensuring that both your cat and puppy are wormed regularly with an effective anthelmintic will help against parasites; cats may heave and vomit for a variety of reasons including hairballs, other foreign objects, allergies, irritation among others. If the problem continues, have her checked over by your Veterinarian when you take your puppy for vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Purdy
Bengal
10
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

Hills Presription Diet K/D Feline

My Bengal cat has been diagnosed with level 2 kidney disease recently. She has had a urine test and that was clear so a new diet recommended. Recently she has been dry heaving - sounds like she's choking - has been sick once. I have taken her off the prescription medication thinking she may have developed an allergy to this. Her wet food is the same as she normally has. I have been feeding her large amounts as the vet wanted her weight to increase - she is just a small cat and was 2.1kg but now at 2.75kg.
I don't think my vet has been terribly good during this whole episode and just wanted some advice as to whether or not to take her back to the vets or if this may be something that will clear of it's own accord. The dry heaving is first thing in the morning - prior to breakfast - and late at night whilst in bed. She is shedding more than usual at present. She is an indoor cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The dry heaving and the shedding may be related, hairballs are the most common cause of dry heaving in cats and the increased shedding may mean that Purdy is consuming more hair than usual. Other causes of dry heaving may be due to something tickling the throat (again like hair) or be something more serious like an intestinal blockage (again which may be connected to hairballs). You could try an over the counter hairball remedy just to see if that helps with anything and groom Purdy regularly; if the dry heaving continues, you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Not sure
4 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
skinny
Blood In Stool

I’m fostering my friends kitten She got from the shelter a little over a week ago and I had to end up getting him treated for worms cause I noticed he had symptoms of them so the vet just gave him medicine for worms without examining him and that was on Monday and now his belly is still the same size and he hasn’t seemed to gain any weight and he’s got blood in his poop now and he’s dry heaving and I don’t know what’s wrong

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like either worms, a foreign object, infection or a more complex condition; if there has been no improvement in the symptoms you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination as treatment is different for each condition. It can be difficult to determine exactly what’s going on, whilst worms may seem likely other conditions may look similar. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peppi
Oriental Bicolor
1 year and 6 months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ate thread
Dry heaves

Medication Used

none

My cat don't over eat but a few weeks ago she did eat some
thread and my cat don't throw up

she just dry heaves and worried
about her, she don't throw up hairballs at all she's a short hair cat, very active.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always concerning when a cat eats thread or anything which can be classed as a string foreign body as it may cause the intestines to concertina together causing an obstruction. Dry heaving may be caused by foreign objects, hairballs (may still occur), gastrointestinal upset, infections among other issues; I would recommend giving a hairball product to Peppi to see if that helps, but if that doesn’t help you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Finnegan
Domestic shorthair
~6-8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hello! My kitten of about ~6-7 months was found within days of his birth with his siblings underneath my friend's trash can outside! We raised and bottle-fed them. A few weeks ago there was miscommunication in the house and he was PUT OUTSIDE. The new outdoor dog-- who was sick at the time with a URI or Kennel Cough, we aren't sure-- attacked him, scratched him up, and he fled to a creek and almost drowned. After getting him inside and safe and warm we cleaned him up, took care of his scrapes, and kept a really close eye on him. He seems to be A-okay. I ended up taking him to the vet for his basic vaccinations and neutering, and brought him home a few days ago; There were no complications and the vet said he was good to go. He's been just fine, with some sneezing. I expected this as, although I cleaned my whole room, vacuumed, dusted, etc., I used to smoke a hookah in here and I can't expect everything to come out perfect. However, I wasn't worried as it wasn't frequent or severe irritation.

Now to the fun part. As of yesterday, Finn has started to have small small fits of... what I would describe as coughing/gagging, as if he is trying to get a hairball up. So far, nothing has shown of his heaving fits. I did notice that he seems to be gagging and then swallowing. He has no leakage or crust from the eyes or nose, and his breathing sounds alright. Other than that he seems to be acting his usual self, just snoozing around and talking at me.

So the reason I'm reaching out is because although it could be something like... small, asthmatic reactions to allergens in the room? He also tried wet food for the first time yesterday, so maybe it didn't sit well. Or maybe he can't get a hairball up-- he does groom a lot. Basically, there are so many things that could be causing this and I'm very worried that it could be something serious; I don't want to wait too long and then find out the worst. Please let me know your thoughts.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For Finn the best initial course of action would be to give him a hairball remedy especially if he grooms himself a lot and to give him 5mg of cetirizine once per day to see if that helps in case of allergy; try that during the weekend and see how he goes, if there is no improvement over the weekend visit your Veterinarian on Monday or Tuesday for an examination. Wet food can cause issues in the long term (mainly oral hygiene) and I would recommend that you stick with a high quality kibble. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bamboo
Mutt
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving, bloated abdomen

Hello, I am 14 years old, and I’ve been seeing some issues of with my cat has been doing lately, the past few days. She has been dry heaving very violently today, and has had a swollen belly for the past few days. I begun to suspect something wasn’t right with the belly and considered her diet, but I do not think that is the case here. She does have a good appetite/drinking habits so far. I am not so concerned about this, yet I am wary of what’s going to happen. I believe that she has some sort of blockage. The reason being is that she has already thrown up from eating scarves, and such like wool. No stool problems so far either, should I be taking her to the vet over this? Or am I too cautious? I am afraid if I bring this issue up to my mom that she will dismiss it as me being too paranoid, because she has ignorant ideas on the health of cats. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry heaving and vomiting may be attributable to hairballs, wool or parasites (among other causes); I would make sure that Bamboo has received an effective anthelmintic (wormer) and give her a hairball remedy to help pass any hair, wool fibres or anything else she may have consumed. If you don’t see any improvement over the course of a few days you should discuss with your Mother about visiting a Veterinarian; there are many charity clinics across the country, do a search for one in your area which may be able to offer care for a donation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
domestic short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Lethargy
Vomiting

My cat has been vomiting and lethargic since this morning. He has begun dry heaving since he has no more food in his stomach to vomit. Should I take him to an emergency vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for dry heaving, some issues resolve quickly with no intervention whilst others need veterinary attention; dry heaving is commonly caused by hairballs but other conditions like foreign objects, gastroenteritis, liver disease, kidney disease, food intolerance among other causes may be the underlying cause. You could try giving a hairball remedy to see if that helps, but otherwise you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Herman
domestic short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

Medication Used

Doxycycline

My cat is dry heaving for a short period of time after receiving medication. It usually stops after 5 or 10 minutes, should I be concerned? He is on doxycycline suspended in chicken oil for micoplasma, and has been taking it for about a week.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Doxycycline can be hard on the stomach, and may be causing his dry heaving. If you make sure that you give it with a meal, or at the time that he is eating, it might help. Just be sure not to turn him off of his food with it. It might be better to give it right AFTER a meal.

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Valkyrie Rose
Siamese
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no other symptoms

My kitty is 10 weeks old and has been doing something that seems to be the equivalent of clearing your throat in humans she’s not gagging or retching as there is no abdominal contraction, upon palpation of the throat as well as stomach I do not believe there is a foreign body or nausea, she is still eating and drinking and using the litter box fine, her activity levels seem to be okay as well, this started occurring last night and it is not impossible that she got into something she shouldn’t have

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, I can't diagnoes anything for her or know why she is having this behavior. If she is eating and drinking and bright and happy, you may be okay to monitor the behavior, but without seeing her, ir might be best to have her examined to figure out what she is doing and whether it needs treatment.

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Ash
American Shorthair Calico
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Gagging
Loss of Appetite
Growling

My cat has been being aggressive for about a week now (after her heat cycle ended, if that helps in anyway) and she has been growling, whining possibly I cant tell, what looks like gagging after she meows angrily, attacking/hitting my other kitten when he is within 1 feet of her, and hiding around like under blankets. I haven't seen her eat or drink or even go in the litter box and scratches and meows angrily when being picked up. She has never acted like this before, she loves the kitten and is always wanting to be pet but she all of a sudden is angry and doesn't want to be pet or bothered, also I don't think she is in pain because she walks normally but it could be unnoticeable pain. What could be causing this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Behavior changes are quite normal with unspayed cats. The best thing to do for her, and to resolve her grumpiness, is to get her spayed as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her for you, determine if everything else is normal, and advise you as to the details of the surgery. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Oreo
tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

Dry heaving every 20 or so minutes. Has been going on for a week. Eating and drinking normally. Behaviour hasn't changed. Sleeping habits are the same. Should I take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That frequency of dry heaving is not normal. It is good that she is eating and drinking fine, but I would think if it has been going on that long, that something is happening, either with her throat or her Gi system otherwise. it would be best to take her to see your veterinarian, yes. They'll be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and get her relief from her dry heaving. I hope that she is okay.

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Marmaduke
Burmese
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry retching

My cat is recently been really sleepy and keeps having about 30 second long sessions of dry heaving or retching , he has been sick once but has not been sick again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Marmaduke, I am not sure what might be going on with him, but he should be examinedby your veterinarian to see what is going on with him and get treatment for him. I hope that he is okay.

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LadyBug
Siamese
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My cat is about 6months old she has horrible moments where she coughs and dry heaves like she is trying to clear her air way. they can sometimes last about 3 to 5 mins.
Its starting to scare me
And earlier today my other kitten began doing it as well.
They still eat and drink normaly and play like they usually would.
Im not sure what i should do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining your kittens, it is hard for me to comment on what might be going on, but having them examined by your veterinarian would be a good idea, as kittens are prone to some infectious diseases and parasites that need to be treated. I hope that they are both okay!

Thank you so much

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Eli
Long Hair Unknown
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has been dry heaving almost every day for about a week. His nose is now bright pink instead of a faint pink/white. Also, he is dropping saliva from his mouth. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for dry heaving which may include hairballs, laryngeal disorders, infections, trauma to the throat, lung disorders, allergies among many other causes; without examining Eli I cannot narrow in on a specific cause and would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination since it seems Eli may be in distress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annie
domestic short-hair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Cough

My cat has been having fits of dry heaving for about two days now without vomiting. Her food and water intake has been normal and she hasn't had any diarrhea. She's about 6 years old and overweight. I brush her everyday because she's been shedding more than usual. Because of the shedding I think it may be a hairball, but she doesn't usually cough up hairballs, so the dry heaving makes me worried. Should I take her to see the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of dry heaving in cats with hairballs being a possible cause; other causes may include nausea, laryngeal disorders, foreign objects among many other causes. You could try giving Annie a hairball remedy to see if that would help in case it is hairballs, but a visit to your Veterinarian would be needed if the dry heaving is severe or doesn’t improve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sierra
short hair
22 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nausea, dry heaving, vomiting foam

Medication Used

Compounded Cream Prednisolone 5mg,

My 22 year old cat, Sierra, had bacteria in the urine and was given a Covenia shot 1 month ago because she was vomiting the oral antibiotic. She has since lost her appetite and dry heaving with sometimes a little bit of foam. I have tried different foods to entice her to eat. She will eat little bits but not her normal amount. He blood work came back generally normal with one liver enzyme that came back low (the vet wasn’t too cencerned). I tried Pepcid but then read this could cause loss of appetite too. I am currently giving her slippery elm bark syrup for nausea and vomiting for the past 5 days. The only other perscription she is taking is Prednisolone 5mg compounded cream in her ear for inflammation of her lungs and arthritis for the past 3 years. She has been on a probiotic for the past 3 years. I read that the Covenia can last in a cat’s system for 65 days and cause anorexia, nausea, vomiting, etc. she gets 100ml of sub-q Sodium Chloride every other day to help flush her out. What can I do to help her with this nausea and loss of appetite?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are medications that your veterinarian can treat Sierra's nausea and loss of appetite with, if it is a reaction to the Convenia injection. Partly due to her advanced age, I would tend to be a little more protective of her and seek supportive care until she starts eating on her own and not vomiting. It would be a good idea to have her seen again by your veterinarian and have anti-emetic medication prescribed for her. I hope that she is okay, you seem to have done a great job with her so far!

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Rudy
tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Irritable
Heaving
Coughing

My cat is heaving every once in a while since last night. Seems like he has something caught got sick a small bit not much. Doesn't seem himself either. He's eating and drinking but not as much as usual.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Rudy, I'm not sure what might be going on with him, but if he is seeming like he isn't feeling good, and is vomiting and eating less, it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian. They will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on with him and give him any treatments that might help him. I hope that everything goes well with him.

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Kennedy
Russian Blue
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Throws up
Worms In Stool
Dry heaves

I have a russian blue kitten whonis about to be a year old, I rescued him off the street and I noticed he had worms so I bought some liquid dewormer at walmart but it still hasnt cleared them up, I don't have enough money to take him to the vet and now he dry heaves and throws up.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Kennedy, I am not sure the cause of his vomiting. Not all parasites are treated by OTC dewormer - there are some parasites that require prescription medication to treat. He should be seen by a veterinarian to be examined, as kittens are prone to parasites, infectious diseases, and intestinal obstructions. There are many clinics that offer a 'free first exam', so that you can at least have him examined and know what might be going on. I hope that he is okay.

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Coco
grey tabby
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving and furballs

This is all knew but my cat who is 12 yrs old generally really healthy is dry heaving just started few days ago is there anyways i can help like putting butter on the paws or anything like that

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for dry heaving in cats which includes hairballs, foreign objects, laryngeal disorders, infections, gastrointestinal issues among other causes; you can try to give Coco a hairball remedy to see if they makes any improvement in the dry heaving but if the heaving continues you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winston
Main coone cross
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

Hi my 6 month old kitten has coughed a few times over the last few days today he’s been dry heaving but isn’t sick I’m worried and just looking for advice many thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for dry heaving in cats which may include hairballs, nausea, other gastrointestinal issues, allergies among other causes; you should keep an eye on Winston and if he is grooming a lot you should try to give a hairball remedy to see if that helps a little. If there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging

Hi I have been noticing my cat dry heaving for the past couple of days, she will gag once and it looks like she will throw up but she doesn’t and then she’s fine . A few minutes later she’ll do the same thing . Is this a hair ball or something more serious

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Without examining Nala, I cannot determine whether it it something simple as a hairball or something more serious; you can try giving Nala a hairball remedy from the pet store which may help to move along anything there. If this heaving continues, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Karma
Unknown
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Vomiting
Hair ball

This only happens at night. My cat dry heaves and occasionally vomits. Sometimes the vomit is a hairball, sometimes it is her dry food that she swallowed hpwhole, and other times it is just some bile-type fluid. She does constantly groom, to the point she has bald spots on her legs and belly. This has been a problem off and on for several years. The bald spots have never gone away. Because this only happens at night when we are sleeping, and because she has no other symptoms, we have wondered if this behavior could be for attention, but I personally don’t think this is a good explanation. Any ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats don't typically vomit to get attention, and it seems that Karma may have a problem with all of the hair that she is ingesting. It would be a good idea to have a checkup with a veterinarian to try and find out why she is grooming so excessively, and get a recommendation for treatment for hairballs, if that does seem to be her problem. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Mooch
short hair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat has been dry heaving the past two nights and only a little bit of clear fluid has come up. She is eating and drinking though so I am not aure whether or not it is a serious problem or not. I have woken uo throughout the night hearing her and she will try to throw up twice and then walk away. She’s acting compeletely normal otherwise. I am not sure if I’m being anxious or if it is a serious problem and she needs to be checked out. Also, it made me put a breed but it is unknown what she exactly is because she was a rescue. I got her a 6 months old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mooch may be having troubles with a hairball, or an intestinal problem. If the heaving continues for another day or two, it would probably be a good idea to have her examined, to make sure that she is okay.

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Alex
Maine Coon
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Unproductive retching

Hi! My 17 year old Maine coon has had unproductive retching while jerking his head around for the past week. For the past four days, I’ve been giving him a hairball laxative, as I’ve noticed he isn’t pooping a ton and it’s dry when he does. The retching hasn’t stopped yet, though. He went to the vet a month ago for his check up and everything was fine, and he has continued to eat and drink completely normally. He isn’t on any medication and eats a combination of dry and wet food. Should I take him to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different conditions which may cause dry retching, whilst Alex may have gotten a full bill of health a month ago a lot may happen in that time frame; you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially considering his age as you don’t want him too stressed from the retching. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frita
Egyptian Mau
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat has been dry heaving the past couple days and it has been worrying me. Nothing comes up and everything else seems fine with her. I gave her water last night which helped sooth her but it hasn't gone away. She's eating and drinking fine and has no problem going to the bathroom.
I'm just hoping it's nothing serious.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for dry heaving in cats and may some as simple as hairballs or may be more serious like gastroenteritis; without examining Frita it is difficult to say what the specific underlying cause is. Other conditions like infections (respiratory), laryngeal disorders, foreign objects among other causes may also cause dry heaving; if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milkshake
Ragdoll
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Depression
Sneezing

My 10 year old Ragdoll is acting like he wants to throw up but cant, is sneezing harshly and excessively, acts sick (barely moves and faces walls), and sometimes acts like he wants to breathe in through his mouth. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for the symptoms presenting which may include hairballs, foreign objects, laryngeal disorders, infections, nausea among other causes; if Milkshake is in distress or is having breathing difficulties you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for great insight on my little guy!!

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Little Guy
Unknown
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing and Gagging

My cat is about a year old and just suddenly he start this gagging cough and he was a kitten that i found off the street he has never had shots or been dewormed and i cant keep him inside because my dog lets him out but the cough and gagging just started and i dont have any money to take him to the vet do u know any where that helps low income people?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of limping including sprains, dislocations and fractures; without examining the leg I cannot give you any specific advice. However, if possible you could try to keep Kitty’s movement restricted so that she isn’t running around putting stress on the affected leg; I don’t have any other advice to offer given the circumstances unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jurrasic
Taffy
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaves

Our 3 year old maLe cat seams like he is trying to cough up a hair ball but can't seem to clear his throat. It happens randomly. It has been going on for about 20 hours. We have an appointment with Vet tomorrow morning.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for dry heaving with hairballs being a common cause; other causes may include foreign object, acid reflux, infections, laryngeal disorders among other causes. Your Veterinarian will be able to tell you more in detail after an examination, but if he isn’t in any distress just keep an eye on him for now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trouble
Domestic long hair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My oldest cat is 5 years old. When she is playing with my younger cat, she is fine then she will run away and dry heave for 5-10 minutes. We recently switched the food we were eating. I think it’s a hair ball because she is very fluffy and she hates being brushed. I’m not sure what to do to help her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry heaving may occur for a variety of reasons which may include hairballs and other issues (allergies, infections, foreign objects etc…). A change in diet may make a cat more susceptible to hairballs, there are hairball remedies that you can buy over the counter which can help to move hairballs. If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for a general check to make sure it isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dusty
Mixed/unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

see above

My usually very social cat has been dry heaving, but with no noise. He’s not eating and doesn’t seem to be using the litter box. I also saw him rubbing his butt along the carpet. He’s sleeping more than normal and I’m concerned. He’s neutered and a little over a year. He’s a rescue.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Younger cats can be affected by viral diseases, parasites, and foreign bodies. It would be best to have Dusty examined by a veterinarian to try and determine the cause of his vomiting, not eating, and not using the litter box. Since he seems to be not feeling well at all, sooner would be better than later. I hope that he is okay.

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Tomas
Savannah cross
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving, weight loss excessive

My 11yr neutered cat has suddenly lost weight, he was 16lbs. Now 11lbs., in 3 months! Drinks water excessively and urinates 5 times in 1 hour. I suspect diabetes. I have made appt. with my vet, but they can't see him for 2 weeks. I've been away at work for the past 3 months, I always fed him Blue Buffalo Senior, but my husband fed him a grocery store brand. As soon as I came home I began feeding him roasted chicken and salmon, no seasoning,as well as his Blue Buffalo, he seems to be doing better, but I'm worried .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden weight loss with an increase in urination and thirst does sound suggestive of diabetes or Addison’s disease; but without an examination or blood tests I cannot say for certain. If you are unable to get an appointment with your Veterinarian soon, I would suggest visiting another Veterinarian for an examination or at least a blood test to rule somethings out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is 3 and he has suddenly started to do a gagging motion. We took him to the vets just before this started and he was completely fine. He has lost a lot of weight, and he can’t eat or drink, but he is hungry. The vets can’t figure out what’s wrong with him and I am very worried about him. I have tried giving him very small pieces of roast beef but he can’t eat it, even though he wants to.

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Happy
Tuxedo cat?
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting
Dry Heaving
Rumbling stomach
Anger

My cat suddenly started dry heaving and is angry when i touch him. He heaves laying down only, he wont sit up. Hes done this once or twice before and often throws up after eating. Ive tried changing food brands but no change. He vomits about once or twice a month.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes for intermittent vomiting in cats, including parasites, food intolerances, hairballs, foreign bodies, or other GI disease. Since I cannot see him, and Happy seems uncomfortable, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian. They'll be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and give him any necessary treatment. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Faiza
long hair
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pulsing stomach

Hello, my cat yesterday pooped outside the box which was abnormal. Then this morning she started heaving like she was about to puke and now her stomach is pulsing. She also has some matted fur but we booked an appointment with a groomer to get them out but i dont think that would make her pulsr or heave. However, i know its making her uncomfortable.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Faiza, I'm not sure what might be going on with her, but all of those behaviors sound abnormal. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and determine what might be happening. They'll be able to give you a better idea of any treatments that she may need.

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Riario
Maine Coon
10 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Coughing

Medication Used

metronidazole

Our cat Riario will cough every so often, I would say maybe four times an hour. Every time he coughs, he keeps swallowing so it sounds like he wants to throw up but he keeps preventing himself from doing so. He eats a small amount of food throughout the day. He's on Metronidazole now for an earlier problem with his stomach. Will the Metronidazole help with the dry heaving as well?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Riario has a respiratory tract infection which may cause a cough and some heaving; other causes may include nausea (possibly side effect of medication), foreign objects, allergens among other causes. You should see how treatment with metronidazole goes, but if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cory
American Wirehair
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Dry Cough

Does my cat have gastroenteritis? I adopted him from someone who gave me no information on his health. He vomits almost once a day but doesn’t lose weight. I have him eating a weight loss and hairball formula food.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dry heaving and coughing in cats can be a sign of GI issues, but can also be a sign of respiratory issues like asthma and heartworms. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess his lungs and general health and see if he needs any treatment. I hope that all goes well for him!

We got a kitten last week and today he has been vomiting up some white foam and not eating or drinking. He is not doing it as often as he was but should I just continue to monitor him throughout the day

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Pigpen
Calico
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat dry heaves a lot. At first we thought she was trying to throw up a hairball, but nothing ever comes out and she doing it multiple times a day. We got hairball stuff for her and that’s not working either. Is this something we should take her in for or will it eventually go away? She still eats fine and doesn’t throw up, just worried about her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can dry heave when they have a problem with their GI tract, but can also have that behavior with respiratory issues. Since Pigpen does this behavior frequently, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, and possibly have x-rays, to evaluate her respiratory tract and general health. If you are able to video the episodes for your veterinarian, that would probably help, as she most likely won't do it when she is at the clinic. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Stripes
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat seems to dry heave after he eats with no vomiting and then starts eating again and is fine!! otherwise he has a great appetite! He eats a lot real fast!! He looks good! He does sleep a lot during the day!! He just got fixed about 2 weeks ago!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Stripes may have a food intolerance, or a hairball. If he is not currently being given any hairball prevention, it would be a good idea to start giving him a hairball paste that you can buy from your veterinarian, or a pet store. If that does not help the situation, it would be best to have him examined for this problem by a veterinarian.

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Isibella
Burmese-esque
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My cat has a dry heaving cough for a couple of days now I thought it was a hair ball but its been days now with this cough. What can I do to help her? She is coughing all day like she is trying to throw up but can not. She has no fever nor runny nose. Her nose is dry and no changes in appertite or liquid. She is sleeping a bit more and not playing with her sister. Since she has been coughing she does not want to play.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Isibella and listening to her chest I cannot say whether or not there is an infection, laryngitis, foreign object (including hairballs), heart disease or another cause; you should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause and to receive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Murka
Short hair domestic cat
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dry heaving, vomiting, lethargy

Medication Used

steroids, Valium, hair ball remedy

My cat has dry heaving for a week now, he is vomiting about 5-10 times a day, refuses to urinate, drink and eat, sleeps only on a flat surface and is generally very weak. I took him to the vet as of second day of symptoms showing up. The vet has done x ray and ultrasound to check for foreign body and any issues with internal organs, nothing was found. We have done blood and urine tests, all came back normal. He is a short haired cat, vet said it was not hair balls, but we were given a remedy just in case, steroid shot and Valium to relax his muscles. The vet said the cat is stressed because I have changed his litter tray, it is hard to believe.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say what the possible cause of the dry heaving is without an examination especially if your Veterinarian ha already ruled out many causes with an examination, x-ray and blood tests. I also cannot say if this is behavioural or induced from stress from changing of a litter tray; it isn’t something I’ve come across. I really don’t know what to suggest unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mercy
Maine Coon
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

I have an 11 week old maine coon kitten who has been dry heaving 2-3x a day, but nothing comes up. She acts like a normal kitten, plays and eats well. I brought her to our vet, who said she doesn't hear/see any issues, and to come back if symptoms worsen, or she stops acting like a kitten. The breeder did bring her to the vet for sneezing, and she was put on an antibiotic. Is this something that could be serious, or could she just have a hairball?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be sort of unusual for an 11 week old cat to have a hairball, but not impossible. If Mercy isn't being given any hairball tonic, that might be a good idea to see if that is the cause, otherwise a diet change to a gastrointestinal food might help as well, in the short term. Since I cannot examine her or see what is going on with her, those are things that you can discuss with your veterinarian to see if they help her. I hope that all goes well with her!

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Orlando
tabby
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Lethargy
raspy voice

I'm worried about my cat. He can't meow/sounds hoarse like something is stuck in his throat, his face constantly looks like he's in pain, even when he's trying to sleep and he keeps dry heaving like he's coughing up a hairball but he still hasn't been able to throw up.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From what you're describing, it would be a good idea to have Orlando seen by a veterinarian. I can't examine him without seeing him, but a veterinarian will be able to look at him, give him a good physical, and determine what the problem might be. They'll be able to recommend any treatments that he may need.

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paches
short hair
15 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaves

Medication Used

predonsone

my 15 year old cat has the dry
heaves is it best for him to eat or should i wait to feed him he could have
inflammatory bowel disease the vet told me. i gave him a pet enama because he has not went for over a week the enama helped some he went a little bit and also some Diarrhea

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is hard to know what might be going on with Patches without seeing him, unfortunately. Cats can have problems with constipation, or diarrhea, as they get older, and if he is very constipated, it may be causing his dry heaving, and he may need more intensive therapy than a home enema. If he does not seem to be improving, it would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they'll be able to tell if he becoming severely constipated and help him before it gets worse. I hope that he is okay.

thankyou

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Finn
tabby
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging, dry heav

We have a 4 week old kitten that we are bottle feeding. Finn is eating fine, his poop and pee is normal. Today Finn started gagging or trying to heave, but nothing comes up. He puts his head down and keeps bringing his paws to his face. This kept going for quite some time. I looked in his mouth and couldn’t see anything, gave him some water with an eye dropper, which he took with no problems. I thought maybe he had a hair or something that was causing it. But as soon as I put him down it starts again. Once he falls asleep it stops. When he wakes up he took his bottle okay, but after a few minutes it starts again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Kittens are prone to parasites that may be causing these signs. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, so that they can examine him and make sure that he is okay, and check for any parasites that might need to be treated. I hope that he is okay!

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Ruiz
Domestic shorthair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mucous coughed up
Wretching
Head Tilt

My 6 year old cat has wretched a few times. His head is twisted to the right when he wretches. Mostly it’s dry heaves but he did cough up a long string of whitish mucous. Our cat had urinalysis crystals a coup,e of years ago but has been exclusively eating Hill’s C/D since the. A week ago we adopted a 3 month old kitten. The kitten is up to date on all immunizations.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I"m not sure why Ruiz might be having this problem, but if it continues, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian to figure out why he is doing this. They'll be able to examine him, determine what is happening, and recommend any treatment that he may need.

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Birdie
Mutt
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
skinny
Vomiting

My cat Birdie is only about 3/4 months old and he has been dry heaving and vomiting white for about 3 days now. I thought it might go away but it hasn’t. What should I do and what do you think it could be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are prone to parasites, intestinal infections, and foreign bodies. Since this has been going on with 3 days and isn't getting better, it would be best to have Birdie seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him, recommend any testing or treatment that he might need, and get him back to feeling better. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Harvey
Abbysinnian
5 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving and voice obstruction

Medication Used

antibiotics

Hello, My 5 year old cat has been dry heaving on and off for a couple months. It first started around the time I got a new kitten. Also he showed signs of an infection which the vet gave anti biotics for. He took those for a couple weeks and seemed to get better. But the dry heaving has lingered and his voice box seems to be blocked by this as his meow sounds faint. His energy levels are high though and normal. After a couple vet visits it seemed probably to conclude that new kitten got him sick but it's been long enough now that I'm not sure.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Harvey may have gotten a viral infection from the kitten, or he may have something going on with his intestinal tract. Since I can't examine him, it would be best to have a recheck with your veterinarian, let them know that the antibiotics helped but he is back to having the same problem, and see what they recommend for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Fizzle
tabby
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Being sick

We got a kitten a week ago and today he has been sick a few times. Not big amounts it’s white foam coming up and becomming less frequent however I have not see him eat or drink today either should I be worried or continue to monitor him for the rest of the day and hope he gets better

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Fizzle may have parasites that need to be treated, or an intestinal infection. Since I cannot see him, and the vomiting has been going on for a few days, and he isn't eating today, it is probably a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian. Kittens can become dehydrated quickly, and he may need treatment to help resolve this problem for him. I hope that all goes well for him!

Thank you for your response we will head to the vet tomorrow and get him checked out, any advice on how to get some water into him? I have been using a straw and putting droplets into his mouth tonight to ensure he is getting some fluids

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Zoey
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Trouble breathing

For the past week or so my car has randomly been dry heaving and we don't know why. After she finish dry heaving she'll have a bit of trouble breathing. Do you have any advice on what to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for dry heaving in cats which may include hairballs, nausea, foreign objects, laryngeal disorders among other causes; you may try using a hairball remedy and keeping her in a humid environment to see if there are any improvements. However without examining her I cannot say for certain what the specific cause of the heaving is and would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
moggy
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Croaky, vomiting, not eating

Smokey had bronchitis a about a month ago. We took her to the vet and got some antibiotics and she became better within two weeks. She seems to have it back again. She is heaving and sometimes bile comes up. She is a fluffy moggy and usually coughs up a hairball at least once a week or fortnight. I haven't seen her cough up a fur ball for a few weeks and I am worried that it is all stuck in her. This could be the reason she is heaving with a croaky meow. I can't take her to the vet for another 4 days. Will she be ok until then? She is eating less than usual, but seems to be an ok amount and a little croaky at times and heaves about 1-2 a day. She is approx 6 years old and usually very healthy and playful. I will mention we got a little kitten about 3 months ago who hasn't been vaccinated yet. Smokeys shots are all up to date.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Without seeing Smokey, I'm not sure that she will be okay for 4 days until you can have her seen, but if she is eating and drinking and generally doing well otherwise, she may be okay. He signs make me nervous for her, and you may be able to call your veterinarian, let them know that you can't get her in for a few days, and see if they have any suggestions, since they treated her previously.

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Willow
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Cough

My calico has been dry heaving/dry coughing for a couple of days now. She is still eating and drinking and has a lot of energy and cuddly as usual. I haven't noticed any vomiting or diarrhea. She just coughs and gags like she is trying to cough something up. She also has a faint meow. It sounds like when you have a cold and your throat hurts. I'm going to call the vet also but I was looking up her symptoms and wanted to ask here too what it might be. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for dry heaving from nausea, irritation to the throat, foreign objects (think stray hairs), thyroid gland enlargement (pushing on larynx) among other causes. You should get Willow checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side, but for now ensure that she is kept hydrated and is eating normally. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zac
tabby
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

unable to swallow food
raspy breathing
Dry Heaving
Coughing

I'm worried about my cat, is there some way I can help him myself?
I can't aford to get him to a vet yet.. his breathing is raspy, he keeps swallowing hard, coughing, dry heaving, trying to throw up but what I am assuming is a hairball isn't coming out. I tried feeding him bits of well done burger in hopes it would push the hairball down and clear his throat but every ime he tries to eat he coughs and heaves again and gives up on the food...I'm really worried

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there isn't really anything that you can do at home for Zac, as there may be a number of causes for that behavior. If he isn't able to eat because of the coughing and heaving, he should be seen sooner rather than later, and there may be a low cost clinic near you that can help. Many clinics also offer 'free first exams' that you may be able to use to have him seen as well.

My cat has been dry heaving some nights a little more excessive than others. I have seen zero hair balls and only 1 throw up in the last couple of weeks. His personality and appiete seem to be normal but I’m worried when he gets these little attacks and starts dry heaving back to back. Any suggestions/thoughts?

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Shrimp
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
pale gums
Sleepiness

1 year old cat dry heaving excessive sleepiness and raspy voice seems lethargic not sure what happened. What could be wrong with her? Checked her gums they seem pale

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pale gums and lethargy may be an early indicator of anaemia and should be the main focus until ruled out or treated; there are many possible causes for dry heaving but I would recommend that you have Shrimp checked first by your Veterinarian for anaemia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gypsy
Tabby mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

What should i do for my cat's dry heaving. Been going on for a week or less. Never throws up anything. Otherwise she's healthy and active. I don't know her age because i rescued her off the street after her family abandoned her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for dry heaving in cats which may include infections, parasites, foreign objects, enlarged thyroid (may press on the larynx) among other causes; without examining Gypsy, I cannot narrow in on a specific underlying cause for the dry heaving. You should visit your Veterinarian if this isn’t improving and they will determine the cause and treat as appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Bangel
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Constipated

My bangel kitty was spayed about 4 weeks ago. She developed a small puss pocket at the surgery sight but the body absorbed it. She doesn’t seem to want to jump or climb now as well f it’s painful for her. She is fed a raw diet of chicken as well as a half cup of dry free fed. She did not eat all her raw last night and wouldn’t touch it this morning. I don’t think she is drinking enough water and she isn’t pooping, she is peeing. This all began after her surgery. This morning she was dry heaving white foam. Advice please. 😔

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The dry heaving of white foam is related to the stomach being empty, but it is important to know why she isn’t eating; it is concerning that all these symptoms are presenting after the spaying and without examining Nala I cannot put my finger on a specific issue, it may be worth boiling the chicken in small chunks and feeding them to her in small portions throughout the day as they will be less likely to cause any irritation. However, in this case you should still return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moonlight
MaineCoon
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
No vomit
Dry Heaving
New kitten

My 7-8 year old cat is dry heaving and hasn’t eaten today. I recently got a new kitten. hes treating the kitten well; but I’m afraid he’s stressed about it or it has gotten him sick somehow. Only dry retched 3-4 times now. Hasn’t eaten morning meal; kitten eating/ drinking fine. He ate the kittens food two days ago and got sick; I’m just afraid for my baby.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Moonlight got a little sick after consuming kitten food, the dry heaving may be related to some gastrointestinal upset which may also explain a loss of appetite; try to feed Moonlight small regular portions of boiled chicken chunks to see if they are kept down and then transition across to the regular food when you see improvement. There are many other different causes of dry heaving which may include infections, foreign objects (including hairballs), irritation among other causes; if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peach
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat has been dry heaving almost every morning for a week, nothing comes up and there are no other symptoms, she is eating and drinking fine and seems happy. She used to vomit a lot but we managed to stop that with food changed and flea and worm treatment but this is just dry heaving in the morning now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Peach may have a problem with a food intolerance, or a hair ball. If she is otherwise normal, you may be able to monitor her and see if it gets better. If it continues, however, it would probably be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian to try and figure out what the problem is for her.

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Zeus
Domestic shorthair
5 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

Medication Used

Feline Revolution
Metacam

My little man was neutered, vaccinated (rabies & FVRCP) as well has having feline revolution applied this past Tuesday 7/24/18 . No complications up until approximately 3am this morning. He vomited, then has continued about every hour to hour and half dry heaving. He doesn't want to eat or drink. He is acting otherwise normal except he's been more sleepy & kind of clingy. He doesn't normally need to sleep with me. But hasn't really left me ( or my bed much). He did produce a normal BM an hour ago, and I see a fresh urine. When I rub/ palpate his tummy, he doesn't seem to mind. (He was seen at our local humane society for the procedure.) Any ideas of why his stomach is upset? Should I take him to an emergency after care facility? Please advise. -Carisa

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that the problems that Zeus is having now are related to his procedures 5 days ago if he seemed fine up until now. He may have an unrelated problem, and it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to see what might be going on, as kittens are prone to viral diseases, foreign bodies, and parasites.

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Stampy
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving white frothy foam,

My cat is dry heaving white frothy foam, and everywhere I touch him his growling at me and wont let me touch him , I found two small ticks on him , but he wont let me touch him to look for more , he trys to eat but vomits the frothy stuff up when he does .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Stampy needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Young cats are prone to intestinal problems, and if he isn't able to keep food down and is painful, he needs medical attention.

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Luna
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Infected scab
Gagging
Rash
Loss of apetite

I recently took in a cat that my friend needed to find a home for and it's now been about a month and a half since I've had her. About a week ago she developed this strange rash on her chin and lower lip, bright red in color and she would flinch if I tried to touch it as if she was in pain. Now its formed into a pretty nasty scab about the size of a nickel and she has just started today with isolating herself in a corner in my room, not grooming herself, not eating, and not even drinking water. All she wants to do is sleep. Occasionally she will wake up and start making gagging sounds but nothing has come out yet. It's been going on like this all day. I'm really worried about her but I can't afford to take her to a vet quite yet..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that Luna should probably see a veterinarian for that problem, and there are many clinics that do offer free or discounted first exams that may allow you to have her seen. She doesn't sound like she is doing well, and since I can't see her, having a veterinarian look at her may help her.

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Maemo
Normal breed
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Lithargic
Loss of Appetite

I have a 3 and a half month old kitten, since yesterday night she has not been eating properly and the next morning she puked, I tried feeding her but she doesn’t want to eat and also she’s been sleeping almost throughout the day which she usually doesn’t cause she’s always playful and active. I wonder what might be the problem

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens can be affected by parasites, infectious disease, and intestinal infections. Without seeing her, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what might be happening and what treatment Maemo might need.

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Ash
Domestic shorthair
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving, diarrhea, lethargy.
Dry Heaving
Dry heaving diarrhea, lethargy,

We just brought home an 8 week old kitten that had a respiratory infection with crusty eyes and nose. Now my 9 years old cat has started to get a bit of a crusty nose. I’m not sure but he might have been bleeding a bit from the nose. He is dry heaving and is generally not very active. He also has a bit of diarrhea and seems to be eating less than usual.

We’ve had the kitten for about 2 weeks and the older cat hasn’t been himself since. I’m not sure if maybe he caught the respiratory infection from the little guy or if he just wants none of the kittens antics.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anytime a new cat is brought into the household strict biosecurity practices should be taken especially if a new addition is showing symptoms of disease, in this case you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since it sounds like both cats may have a respiratory tract infection and this should be confirmed and treated (or managed) as necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
DOMESTIC
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My cat Luna randomly started dry heaving this morning so I set her on the floor and she continued then passed out completely. She wasn’t acting her self after and my other cat Sadie with bad allergies has been dry heaving in and off but not as spastic. Like she is just clearing her thought, I was scared so I brought them into the vet. Luna only gaged that one time till we got back to the house and now she won’t stop it’s 5 minuet episodes every 10 or 15 minuets. It’s really starting to freak me out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for dry heaving and it is concerning if she passed out due to lack of oxygen whilst heaving; laryngeal disorders, foreign objects, allergies, nausea, injury to the throat among many other causes may lead to dry heaving and there is nothing specifically I can recommend unless we know the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisuke
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
dry heaving, wheezing, no voice
Dry heaving, wheezing

Hi, my cat has lost his voice for the last 2 or 3 days and is trying to throw up quite often and can't seem to get much out besides a little bit of water, no solids. He also seems to be wheezing. He seems energetic still though so he doesn't seem to be bothered by the ordeal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Daisuke it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the heaving is, but you should think about visiting your Veterinarian as laryngitis, laryngeal paralysis, enlarged thyroid, foreign objects, trauma to the throat, infections among other causes may cause similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tabby
Not sure
12 Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Scabs

My cat has been dry heaving for about 5 or 6 days now, yet she has been eating regularly. She has had other problems quite consistently, such as bites around the neck, tail, and about opposite her back legs, but I believe this is because she is an outdoor cat. Could you possibly help with both?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for dry heaving in cats which may include hairballs, nausea, laryngeal disorders, infections, foreign objects among other causes; as for the bites, are they from insects, cats or something else? Either way you should visit your Veterinarian to determine the cause for the dry heaving since there are different causes with different treatments and without examining her I cannot say for certain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fish
Bombay
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

Every two weeks or so my cat will begin licking my arm seriously for several minutes and I know he's going to be sick in a few hours. He has dry heaves or white foam three or four times through that night. Then the next day he seems fine and loving and happy. Does the arm licking ring any bells? I'm saving up to take him to the vet asap.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for this behaviour and many times creams, shower gels or other products may be tasty to a cat but cause gastrointestinal irritation leading to vomiting; you should discourage this licking behaviour and monitor to see if the heaving and vomiting stops. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Domestic longhair
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Loss of Appetite

My cat has been dry heaving for two days now almost every two minutes and especially when we pick him up and I am betting it’s a hair ball but I don’t think it should take this long to come up, would it be wise to take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If this has been this constant for two days, you should consider visiting a Veterinarian just to ensure that there isn’t something more serious going on; there are various causes for dry heaving which may include hairballs but it would be good to see your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to get Bear some relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
domestic short hair
21 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
URI
Coughing

Over the past few weeks, my cat’s appetite has been lessening. Her chronic URI has been acting up, and she’s been making this dry heaving/gagging/coughing noise almost constantly the past few days. She is still eating, but not as much as before. She does not vomit when heaving, but a little bit of completely clear liquid (like, a drop or two) comes out every once in a while. I switched her food a while back, but a couple of months before these problems started. I also got a new kitten, so there is kitten food out in addition to her normal food, which she does eat occasionally, but that has been going on for a few weeks before these problems started. Her stomach itself feels normal, possibly a little bloated. Her energy seems to be the same as before, as she still plays with her brother.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry heaving and upper respiratory tract infections can go together or occur separately, however it is important to try to note what specifically triggers a dry heaving episode; is it due to eating the kitten food, playing with a specific toy or that she didn’t eat for a number of hours. There is nothing I can say specifically to help, but close monitoring to look for patterns (if any) may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stevie
Calico
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting,
Lethargy

My cat just moved to Florida with me, she is less than a year old and she was doing fine for a while but after about a week she has now been eating a large amount and this morning I found vomit on the floor with full chucks of food in it, like she never actually chewed it. I have also noticed she has gagging tendency at random times.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Stevie may just be eating her food too fast, but since the behavior seems to be new and unusual, it may be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that there is nothing going on with her heart, lungs, or throat, and that she is okay.

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Onyx
Bombay
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constant dry heaving

My cat has been dry heaving for about a month. Thoughts it was a hairball so i gave her medicine for that. However she has yet to pass anything. It seemed to calm down after giving her medicine but then she has spells where she constantly heaving. Felt her abdomen yesterday and it feels hard

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From what you describe, Onyz probably needs to see a veterinarian to see what the cause of the dry heaving/vomiting is. She may need an x-ray or lab work to help figure out what the reason for her problem is.

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Coco
Persian
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Cough
Dry heave

My kitty is 3 months old. I give her rice cerelac, boiled chicken and milk. My kitten is dry heaving since the morning, I have her boiled shredded chicken and she ate boiled liver after that. Today is the first time I gave her the liver. It’s almost 12 hours now I have no available doctor with me for about more 6 or 7 hours please tell me what I should do? And what I should give her to eat now and on regular basis. I’m really confused and scared.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At three months of age, Coco should be eating a diet formulated specifically for kittens as a homemade diet wouldn’t be nutritionally balanced; try to find a basic kitten diet suitable for age and give small regular portions of that. There are many causes for dry heaving and without examining Coco I cannot say what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Goliath
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Lethargy
Not Eating

My cat has been dry heaving for most of the day. He threw up yesterday and his vomit was very mucousy and kind of yellow in color. He’s normally very active but has been laying in my bed for most of the day, only getting up to use the litter box (I haven’t noticed any diarrhea in any of the litter boxes). I have two other cats and he’s the only one behaving any differently, and there haven’t been any changes in the house.
He’s also seemed to lose his voice. He’s got a raspy meow normally but he sounds almost like when a person has a cold and loses their voice. He’s also got some crust on his nose.
I’m concerned that he’s possibly eaten something that’s gotten stuck in his throat, such as a piece of hay from my guinea pigs’ cage (but he’s also not drooling, so I’m not sure if that’s the case—I also haven’t seen him eat anything other than his regular food). If it’s not a foreign body, I’m worried he might have, for lack of a better description, a kitty cold.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like Goliath may have an infection, but without examining him I cannot confirm whether this is the case or not; you should ensure that he is kept hydrated and wipe any any mucus/discharge with a warm damp cloth regularly. You should also visit your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm a cause and to ensure there are no other issues like foreign objects etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Butterscotch
Orange tabby
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
rattle in breat
Lethargy
Coughing

my cat has been coughing for several days now I feel like he's going to throw up but never does and I've heard like a rattling when he breathes every once in awhile I'm not sure what it is or edgy I should do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause is without examining Butterscotch; conditions including respiratory tract infections, allergies, foreign objects, laryngeal disorders, cancer, heart failure among other conditions may cause similar symptoms. You should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side to determine the cause and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mittens
Tuxedo
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Vomiting, vomiting while purring

I have a 5 year old tuxedo kitty, who is just fine in every other respect. But when he purrs he dry heaves. If you pet him to much he will throw up hair balls. He has a loud purr and is extremely lovey. So I feel bad that have to stop petting him after a certain point. He has been doing this for the whole year that I have had him. It doesn’t seem to cause him any other problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mittens has hairballs you should think about giving a hairball remedy or something else to prevent them being an issue; keep an eye on Mittens and ensure that he isn’t in any distress and is otherwise in good health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ozzie
tuxedo kitty
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Faster breathing
Vomiting
A little drool

My cat just threw up. It looked grayish with undigested food still. After wards, he dry heaved for a bit and threw up v little bits of foamy clear spit. I also noticed a few drops of drool dripping from his mouth. He wont let me be near him, and now after an hour and a half or so he is attempting to sleep but i can see that he is breathing a bit quicker than usual. Hes is 1 year old tuxedo cat that loves running around the outdoors and is very social. Today though, he has not gone outside.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for dry heaving in cats which may include infections, foreign objects, nausea, irritation among other causes; if Ozzie is having difficulty and breathing heavily it may be an indication that he is in pain. Without examining him I cannot say whether there is a foreign object, obstruction or other cause for the symptoms and would recommend you visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minx
short hair american
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting after eating
Dry Heaving

My 5 month old shorthair cat vomited last night after eating dry food. And today he is dry heaving. But he is still very active. He has the same dry food every day and we have a bottle of water set out for him too. He has wet food twice a day also.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
If Minx is continuing to dry heave and/or vomit, and it doesn't seem to be getting better, he should probably see a veterinarian to see what might be going on with him. Kittens are prone to infections, parasites, and intestinal blockages, and he may need treatment.

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Mimi
Cat
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heaving

Our 13 year old cat Mimi has been dry heaving for the last week or so ... sometimes it last for a few seconds to minutes ... sometimes it's very loud sometimes it's not ... she has always had problems breathing since she was a kitten (our vet has been aware of it since then and done nothing) ... I think she has thrown up several times in the last week or so not sure because we have three cats. Her appetite is normal (meaning she eats a little 'soft' food in the am and pm .. and forages the dry food during the day) ... she drinks water w/o problems ... uses the litter box normally .. acts normally other than the 'heaving' .... should we have her checked out by our vet soon? (I have given her the stuff for hairballs)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that it would be a good idea to have her examined, yes, as this seems to not be resolving. Possible causes for this behavior might be hairballs, asthma, allergies, or heartworm disease. Your veterinarian might want to take an x-ray of her lungs, and see what is going on with her.

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Friskie
long hair
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puking Up Nothing
Gagging
Lethargy
Heaving
Loss of Appetite

My cat Friskie has been dry heaving and gagging greatly since this past Wednesday morning. My mother said on Wednesday all she did was lay in one spot the entire day. Thursday night after her symptoms increased (gagging, loss of appetite, attempting to puke) we decided to take her to the vet that night, fearing she had something stuck in her throat.
The vet said she had asthma and gave her an injection to try and control it, but she hasn't improved at all since then. She's drinking, but not eating, still gagging, and still Lethargic. It sounds like she's choking on air sometimes when she gags, but the vet confirmed Thursday night she did not have anything stuck in her throat (they did an X-ray).
She'll also just sit and stare at the ground or the wall and do nothing. I'm quite concerned for her, and I'm not sure what else we can do to help her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry heaving or choking can be difficult to control especially if you cannot identify a specific trigger or cause for the symptoms; inflammation of the airways or laryngeal disorders may add to the problems. Without examining Friskie I cannot say what the specific cause is or give you an indication of a management option or treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Izzy
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

puking
Lethargy
Dry Heaving
Not Eating
Vomiting
Lethargic

We recently adopted a kitten with feline respiratory issues. She's on medication, however our other younger cat started acting lethargic and had silent meows for a few days. After this though her meow came back. Now within the same week my elderly cat (10 years) is dry heaving, puking, and only going for wet food. It may be important to add she is pretty obese (despite numerous efforts to keep her on a healthy diet) and doesn't normally pass up on any opportunity to eat. I'm continuing to give her wet food twice a day to keep her hydrated but I'm not sure what I should do. Is this something that would clear up on it's own similar to my other younger cat? And is it something the kitten brought in? We had the kitten 2 weeks prior to these symptoms. Also, she's been showing these symptoms of dry heaving for the past 48 hours.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Izzy I cannot say whether this is something related to the kitten or due to another cause; you should ensure that Izzy is kept hydrated and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in the symptoms presenting. It is possible that Izzy picked something up from the kitten, but I don’t think it is related; possible causes may include other infections, foreign objects, stray hairs, laryngeal disorders among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chip
short haired
8 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry heaving loss of appetite lethargic

Hi my cat has been to the vets today as we were worried he may have ingested lillies. He was kept in and given meds to induce vomiting. Since being home he is very lethargic and dry heaving. Really not himself at all. Could this be a side effect of the vomiting/ meds

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite and lethargy may be due to the induction of vomiting, however I cannot say for certain without examining Chip; lilies are highly toxic for cats (just drinking the water from a vase containing lilies may lead to death). Keep an eye on Chip and follow any instructions given to you from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Bombay Cat
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

choking

My cat will get random choking episodes that last about a minute or two. Sometimes she will have these episodes several times a day, but she usually has them at least once every day. Also, she weighs about 13 pounds. I’m getting very concerned for her safety and health.

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Huxley
dsh
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

Medication Used

Retching

My cat is a year old, and over the last two months he’s been dry heaving at random. I’ve noticed it happens when he comes too close to products like nail polish, hair spray, or flavored food powders (for humans).

However, he also has retched a few times where I couldn’t identify a source. Two of those times he produced a fluid.

He’s a DSH who sheds a lot. I try to brush him at least every other day and he has toys he can scratch his body on.

What can I do to help him be more comfortable (aside from moving to another room to do my nails or hair)? Any idea if this is a hairball or something that needs medical attention?

Thank you so much!

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Louis
Taby
Two Years old
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving

My male cat is about two years old, and within the last week or so I've noticed him dry heaving several times a day. He's eating and drinking regularly, playing with my kitten and using the litter box normally. I haven't noticed any weight loss or behavioral changes either. Any clue as to what this could be, if anything? Thank you so much

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dry heaving in cats is commonly caused by hairballs but may be a sign of something more serious if it continues over a period of time or it is presenting with other symptoms. Foreign objects, heart disease, allergies, oropharyngeal disorders and other conditions may all cause dry heaving; if this continues you should visit your Veterinarian for a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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