Hairball or Cold?
We got Tommy 12 days ago, and he came to us with fleas and a sneeze. Fleas have been taken care of...
We took him to the vet 8 days ago, and the vet said his lungs sounded clear despite the sneeze, and seemed very unworried about it. But in the last day or so he's starting to make this... noise. I know what it sounds like when our other cat is trying to bring up a hairball, but I can't tell with him yet - and he hasn't brought anything up yet either. Generally it's just one "cough" maybe two in a row, but not something that goes on for a little while. He's still sneezing a little too. Despite the sneezing and the potential cough, he's eating, drinking, pooping and has lots of energy - so he doesn't *seem* ill.
He's still mostly separated from our other cat, though we do put her in a room and let him roam for an hour at a time a couple of times a day - get him used to the house, and get her used to his smell around the house. They have also "interacted" through a screen door - but I put that in quotes because it was only last night that she finally came within about a foot of him (and there's still a lot of hissing and growling on her side - he just wants to make friends and show her his belly!)
So.... vet or wait and see? Right now, because he *was* just there last Monday, I'm going to see if either the cough gets worse, if he gets lethargic, or if he pukes something up.
But how can I tell what's causing this noise? Any ideas? Or do I just have to get to know him better and learn his "language"?
(If it makes any difference, if we didn't have the 2nd cat, I would definitely be waiting - I just don't want to have to pill two cats if he makes her sick...)