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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
my cat Joshua seems to have a sore throat. His voice is different (sounds scratchy) and he often seems like he's trying to throw up. Usually nothing comes out, or sometimes a little bit of mucus.

He also hasn't been eating much today, and he is a little lethargic. Not completely lethargic (he did respond to the sound of his favorite toy and played a little bit) but he's definitaly not his usual self.

Any idea what might be wrong?
Is it just a cold? (my other cat has been sneezing a little bit... I just got her from the shelter so she might have caught a cold while she was there and Joshua could have caught it from her...)

Would I be safe to wait a day or two to see if it gets better? Or should I call the vet right away?
post #2 of 10
Most likely both your cats have cat colds, brought home from the shelter. What you describe as "trying to throw up" is probably coughing. I'm a little concerned about the lethargy and the mucus. It's possible a secondary bacterial infection has set in. You want to have the new cat examined by the vet anyway, right? Why not play it safe and bring them both in together?
post #3 of 10
I don't want to alarm you, but my sister has just lost a beautiful Persian cat who had got a piece of straw in his windpipe from eating grass. The vet was trying to remove it and he didn't recover from the anaesthetic.

His first symptoms were coughing and trying to throw something up. She called an emergency vet after giving him only about an hour to see if it was just a bout of coughing which would stop of it's own accord. He was perfectly healthy before this happened and only 5 years old. I would take your kitty to the vet as soon as possible, just in case.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks.

it does seem like it might be a cold. I don't think it's anything urgent, he doesn't cough all that much.

He is sleeping right now. Still not eating.
The vet is closed right now so I'll call tomorow morning. I'll keep a close eye on him until then.

Hopefully everything will go well.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
well, Joshua is at the vets now.
They didn't have any appointments left for today so I had to drop him off and they'll take a look at him as soon as they can.

This morning he had a little more energy but he still wasn't eating. I don't think it's from a lack of appetite... I think he has trouble swallowing. He tried to eat a few times but ended up coughing out the food covered in mucus.

Poor thing. I hope it's nothing serious
post #6 of 10
I hope so too. Sending healing vibes and hoping he's better soon.
post #7 of 10
I was surfing the net to find help for my sick cat Chase when I came upon marie p's blog about her cat having a sore throat. My cat Chase appears to have trouble swallowing and has a depressed appetite. He is also not his usual playful self and has one runny eye. We took him to the vet--she said he more than likely has allergies triggered by some unknown origin. The vet also said Chase has a slight temp and a slightly swollen throat. For these ailments, she prescribed Prednisolone Oral Suspension 1oz. I have looked up this medication and I see no relation to "pets with allergies". Chase was fine two weeks ago before his prior visit to the vet on 9/10 where he received Deworm, Rabies shot and an ENT-FVRC booster--the vet said he was a really health cat. But now he is sick and I am really worried. In reading marie p's blog, her cat’s symptoms seem almost identical. Does anyone know what happened to marie p's cat--what did the vet say? I hope someone can really help me.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by juliehayes View Post
I was surfing the net to find help for my sick cat Chase when I came upon marie p's blog about her cat having a sore throat. My cat Chase appears to have trouble swallowing and has a depressed appetite. He is also not his usual playful self and has one runny eye. We took him to the vet--she said he more than likely has allergies triggered by some unknown origin. The vet also said Chase has a slight temp and a slightly swollen throat. For these ailments, she prescribed Prednisolone Oral Suspension 1oz. I have looked up this medication and I see no relation to "pets with allergies". Chase was fine two weeks ago before his prior visit to the vet on 9/10 where he received Deworm, Rabies shot and an ENT-FVRC booster--the vet said he was a really health cat. But now he is sick and I am really worried. In reading marie p's blog, her cat’s symptoms seem almost identical. Does anyone know what happened to marie p's cat--what did the vet say? I hope someone can really help me.
If your cat has a temperature, wouldn't that probably mean an infection? Anytime my cats have sore throats with trouble swallowing we get an antibiotic. Even if it IS allergies, an antibiotic won't hurt, and I would really, really consider seeing if you could get him on one. (I mean, I don't think it's like in humans where we use too many antibiotics and are starting to create superbugs...)
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi, I just wanted to update you on what happened to Joshua back then.

I had dropped him at the vets when he stopped eating and was completely lethargic. The vets thought he might have something stuck in his throat that was keeping him from swallowing correctly, so they did an x-ray. The x-ray showed nothing in his throat but his stomach was bloated with gas. They gave him a laxative and sent him home with instructions that I keep giving him the laxative for a couple of days. After that he was much better.
I never knew what caused the gas in the first place, but it hasn't happened since.

I'm not sure if that helps.
I hope your cat gets better soon.
post #10 of 10
My cat Bram is having the same problem. He is pretty lethargic, but answers when you call him. He also coughs up mucus a lot. He does have an appetite though. I just don't want this to spread to my kitten, Jellie. I don't really want to give him a pill for every little cough and sneeze he has. Are there any remedies anyone knows of to help him? If worse comes to worse, of course, I'll take him to the vets but I was just hoping that there may be another way.
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