Forumites, here's another problem for solving…
We have a farm cat, she's quite friendly, but isn't a house cat, so she'll let us stroke her and occasionally pick her up, but for the past few months she's had a bit of a problem. she seems to keep retching and coughing…I hear you all shouting FURBALL, and that's what I thought, so we've bought furball remedies, and she's been dosed up with them. She takes the paste quite willingly. She's regularly wormed, so I don't think it's worms, anyone got any other ideas, or maybe herbal furball remedies – which is what we are sure is the problem, she'squite lazy and spends a lot of time on the bales of hay grooming herself.
DawsonCat coughs for 2 reasons – worms or hairballs. He gets wormed regularly, and hasn't done that version of the cough since he was a yearling. The hairball one comes around about once a month.
I'd been feeding him various shop-bought syrups (De-furrum being a favourite, purely because of its name) but they only helped a little. When I asked the vet he said over-the-counter ones weren't that effective, and he prescribed some lactulose. This amused me because it's the same medicine the doc prescribed me before my colonoscopy
I think it would be worth getting the vet to take a look if it's all possible. Even hairballs can benefit from a vet's help now and then. From what I see in the litter tray the lactulose is as good for cats as people.
Hope moggy's ok.
I know this a bit out of date but Emvelo might be worth a try
I never updated you all on the outcome of this one, ended up calling the vets and she sold me some very expensive defurum sort of stuff, Laxapet. It seemed to do the job as after a few doses, she stopped coughing. We've had a couple of occasions since, and I've given her it for a couple of days. I't possibly because she's getting on a bit and needs the paste to help her expel them. She seems fine though, so we're not putting her through the trauma of a vets visit.
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