Post # 1
My cat was just dry heaving for a couple minutes. He was making coughing sounds so I went to see what was up and he was sitting on the carpet with his tongue sticking out a bit and dry heaving. I moved him to the tiled floor and he continued dry heaving. All said and done it was probably about 2 mins of it off and on. He didn’t end up vomitting anything up. I’m a bit worried as I’ve never seen him vomit before (never been home for it, but he has puked twice before), so I’m not sure if his tongue sticking out and the coughing sounds are normal. I’ve had another cat and he would make noises while puking but his tongue never stuck out at all. Just wondering if I should be worried or call the vet? He’s eating right now and acting normally.
Post # 2
Is the cat old? My cat did this when she got old. She’d puke or spit up and then not have anything else to puke up so she’d dry heave. Then she’d stop eating for much too long. Around the same time, her fur started changing and also shedding way more than usual. If yours is eating and acting normal now (and young-ish) I wouldn’t worry, but keep an eye on him.
Post # 3
_blackbird_: Long time cat owner here. All my cats puked from time to time, and also occasionally dry heaved like yours did. I’d do nothing, but monitor him. The fact that he’s eating now probably means he’s ok. I’d take him to the vet only if it kept on happening.
Post # 4
Perhaps he has a fur ball stuck? One of my female cats does this whenever she has a fur ball issue. She tends to overgroom, so we’ve gotten this forumula that we put on her paw that is supposed to help loosen up any fur that she can’t get up.
It’s good that he is eating, but def agree with the PP, keep an eye out and call the vet if it continues.
Post # 5
NOT that this is what is happening to your kitty, but I once had a dear cat who kept dry heaving and when we took her to the vet she ended up having fluid in her lungs that was due to some kind of cancer. 🙁 While yours may be just fine, PLEASE call your vet to get her opinion, just to be safe.
Post # 6
If it’s the first time, take her to the vet just to make sure. But 99.9% of the time it’s just a furball that is stuck. In the short-term, buy the furball gel (in a tube. I get the petroleum kind because it’s easier to rub into their fur if they dont like the flavor). Long-term, buy food that is formulated with extra fiber to help them pass furballs.
Post # 7
He’s 3 years old. He’s sleeping now and hasn’t had any more incidents of dry heaving. I’ll continue monitoring and perhaps contact the vet tomorrow to put my mind at ease!
Post # 8
This is the worst case scenario, and I apologize for scaring you, but my cat dry heaved periodically for over a year before he was diagnosed with asthma. My SIL is a vet tech and warned of the possibility, but I was in denial and it happened rarely at first (once every few months, with episodes lasting for about 30 minutes), until it escalated and he dry heaved all night a couple of times a month. He’s on a the minimum dose of prednisone now, every other day, so it’s manageable, but there were really scary moments even after his diagnosis, when he was taking the medication on an as-needed basis (coughing up blood, turning “blue”).
I am super paranoid every time one of my other cats dry heave now, but so far, hairballs eventually pop up. I’ve had other friends who took years before they realized their cats had asthma, so don’t panic too much, and just keep on monitoring him
Post # 9
_blackbird_: My dog does this on a daily basis. He eats hair that he finds around the house (his, like dust bunnies) and he’s an old guy so there’s no undoing that habit. He just gets stuff caught in his throat. He’s fine. I suspect your cat will be fine.
Post # 10
My cat does this every so often. It’s a lot like a cough. Just monitor him to make sure he isn’t choking on anything but I would leave him be.
Post # 11
I think I’ll only call the vet tomorrow if it happens again. Right now I think he’s fine, he was eating and playing and is now snoozing away. 🙂
Post # 12
It is probably a particularly tough fur ball. Can you let him out to eat some grass as it assists in the disgestion of fur balls. If it happens more frequently I would consider switching to a fur ball formula dry food.
But if it is going to ease your mind definately take your cat to the vet. Never hurts.
Post # 13
Is he actually trying to vomit and not bringing anything up or is he coughing? A lot of people don’t realize what a cough looks like in a cat. This is a cat coughing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9hkY_9-XKY
If it is a cough, it may be asthma. If he has only done it once and seems fine now, probably nothing to worry about right now but do keep an eye for recurrent or worsening episodes. But the next time he has a health check up it might not be a bad idea to get x-rays of his chest to look for asthma.
Post # 14
Our cat was doing this last summer. After him coughing like that a few times, I brought him to the vet. It turned out to be asthma, although the vet took X-rays and some bloodwork as well to look for cancer or something else. He had a steroid shot and has been perfectly fine since then, no coughing at all.
If it ends up getting worse then we might have to turn to something else but maybe all your guy needs is a steroid shot.
Post # 15
ClassicCorvette: what did you end up doing about it?