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Hairball??

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We got our cat from the shelter a little over six months ago. Since she is with us I noticed that every two/three days she coughs. She extends her neck and it looks like she is trying to cough up something. We brought her to the vet and he said she is trying cough up a hairball, and to give her Laxatone.
I have been giving it to her, but she still does it. She has never actually coughed up a hairball. Plus now her cough is rather moist. Could she be sick? What do you guys do for hairball control?

PS:
We also give her Science Diet for Hairball control.
post #2 of 7
I would recommend Hairball Control Food.. They make it in Proplan, Sciene Diet, Nutro, etc.. That seems to help with my kitties.
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Thank you.
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You are welcome It may take a lil time to actually start working though
post #5 of 7
Talk to the vet again... food i too agree is a good place to start....
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Yikes! Cats do not "cough up" hairballs. They vomit them. This is very basic information that any vet ought to know. A vet who does not know this is frighteningly ignorant about cats. So the first thing is to find a new vet.

A cough could be a number of things, most of which are not serious. But a good vet can help you sort things out. If the cough has persisted and seems to be worsening, she should have chest x-rays just to make sure she does not have pneumonia or a heart condition.
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Yikes! Cats do not "cough up" hairballs. They vomit them. This is very basic information that any vet ought to know. A vet who does not know this is frighteningly ignorant about cats. So the first thing is to find a new vet.

A cough could be a number of things, most of which are not serious. But a good vet can help you sort things out. If the cough has persisted and seems to be worsening, she should have chest x-rays just to make sure she does not have pneumonia or a heart condition.

I've also heard the expression "cough up" hairballs and have found that some people just use that expression for whatever reason and not necessarily because they lack basic information. I wouldn't automatically dismiss this vet as being frighteningly ignorant about cats. Sometimes they also useddifferent terms so the average knucklehead like me understands their lingo better as well.

I do agree though that your baby should be seen by the vet and rule out URI or any of the other things mentioned in this thread.
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