Hi all. I am new to this site and new to owning a long haired cat. My cat is 6 months old now. I have had him for a month. He was recently neutered. He is up to date on all his shots. However, I have noticed twice in the past week that he has maked a coughing like sound while looking like he is uncomfortable. He only did it less then a minute but nothing came up. I think he may have a hairball. I have no experience with them so I am only guessing that this is the problem. He is eating and drinking well. He is using his litter box fine. I feed him Iams kitten. When he first came home I was feeding him canned food once a day but he got diaherria and the vet told me to only feed him dry. He has had nomal stool ever since. My question is what can I do for him right now? I must admit that I have have been busy the last few weeks and have not brushed him. I am plaining on getting a hair/lint brush to run over him and make sure I start brushing him daily again. I read about putting vaseline on his legs or paws to help out so I may try that in the mean time. I also read about feeding canned pumpkin and will try that also. Any other suggestions? If I don't see a hairball soon I will be making a vet appointment. Here is a photo I took of him today right after the coughing spell.
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10/8/07 at 12:10pm