Asthma can look like a hairball cough. There are many other things it can be, 
too, if not a hairball. Lung worm, heartworm, upper respiratory. 
An asthma kitty can also have a wet sounding purr. The hairball cough are what 
both Keisha and Frankie had. Both have/had asthma. Frankie's attacks alway 
finish with one big cough but everyone is different. Teddy's was evident only 
after he played.There are 3 good feline asthma yahoo groups. Asthma is 
diagnosed via chest xray and owner report. Don't let anyone suggest a BAL 
(bronchial avelor or something like that wash) ~ unnecessary and it reduces the 
airways of an already breathing compromised cat.
Pls keep us posted.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 12:25 PM
  Subject: coughing

  Hi all.

  I've noticed that BooBoo gets these coughing spells.  I described it to the 
vet and he says it sounds like fur balls.  He does use his litter box so I 
don't think there is an obstruction or anything like that, but I'm not 
convinced this is the problem.  I'll get some of that fur ball stuff in a tube 
for him today, but could this be something else?  I have no idea if this was a 
problem before we got them because the previous owners will not offer up any 
more information on him to me.  I do know that the previous owners smoked in 
their home and that certainly could not have been good for him.  Is this a 
typical problem for a Felv cat ?  If so, should I be getting him back to the 
vet for some kind of medication?  


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