(Closed) Cat dry heaving but not throwing up?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
1265 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

_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
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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 # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

_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
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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 # 12
8992 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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.

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