Hi all, can anyone explain to me the difference between what it looks like for a cat to be coughing, vs 'coughing' up a hairball?
My cats are sleek, one-coated Korats, so I never thought hairballs would be an issue - and I've never seen anything come up. The reason I ask is we have been battling for about 6 months with a recurrent flu. We have just finished a long dose of antibiotics this time (4 weeks), and enjoyed seeing Kato's energy come back and he started asking for plays again (previously he was a play-a-holic, like 3 hrs a day). So we are watching and hoping that no symptoms come back...but last week on one occasion only, after he woke from a nap, he started to cough. His tongue was poked out a bit, he wasn't crouched low with his neck extended, he was doing a lot of swallowing, and it seemed like he wanted to get up something from his throat. In fact it looked a bit in some instances like dry-retching, there was a bit of spit. We let him out to the balcony where the cat grass is, thinking that might help, and he went straight for it and ate a good bit. After that, all fine.
If this last lot of antibiotics doesnt work, the next thing to investigate is asthma. So question no.2, what types of symptoms does asthma present in a cat? He certainly doesn't look like he is trying to wheeze in air.