Lynne, licking lips is indicative of upset stomach. Snorting is a new one. It 
really could just be a hairball...breathe and make notes!

I know that I can easily go to a fear place. Frankie (blind, asthmatic and 
previously had pancreatitis) has been calling out in the night the past few 
nights. He sounds distressed and I don't believe I had ever heard his voice 
before. He's been with me for 10 years. This is totally new. So, is it a 
thyroid problem...or is he wanting the Drinkwell which is downstairs or is he 
maybe hungry. I'll keep notes and try the easy fixes first...but boy I know 
that I can go to the worse case quickly. Not good for me or him!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 12:45 PM
  Subject: Re: coughing

  Thank Lance and Laurie for your advice.  I definitely am going to start 
keeping a journal so when I do see the vet again I will have it all written 
down.  To me it sounded like a fur ball cough, nothing came out though, but I 
also notice him licking his lips a lot and when he eats, he snorts.  Oh I don't 
know.  This is just all so foreign to me.  Like I've mentioned, I've never had 
serious problems with cats.  They just get really old, develop a kidney issue 
and have to be put down.  This guy is a whole different story.  If nothing else 
I certainly can appreciate that I was very fortunate to have one kid that grew 
up with no health issues.  Some people have children with serious health issues 
and it must be so very difficult for them with the worry of losing them.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lance 
    Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 1:32 PM
    Subject: Re: coughing

    I'd just watch him closely for the next few days to see if the cough 
changes in any way. If it's going away, or seems to happen less, then it might 
not be anything to worry about. Ember did this weird panting thing several 
weeks ago, and it hasn't happened since. She may have had a reaction to a high 
dose of Flagyl. If BooBoo actually does hack up fur, then it's highly unlikely 
to be something abnormal. Cats are prone to that, as you know.

    One thing I've done, though not as regularly as I should have, is to keep a 
text file on my computer of dates and any unusual health occurrences for Ember. 
I used it to track a diarrhea problem over a year ago, and I still have the 
file, in case I need to refer to it. 


    On Feb 10, 2008, at 12:25 PM, Lynne wrote:

      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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