I would guess that it is a URI. Cats get them easily when they become stressed, which is why it is super common is shelter and rescue kitties, along with if you ever had to leave your cat somewhere.
Get some Lysine from your local store and crush it up. Sprinkle about a 1/4 teaspoon into some canned food and mix it up. This will help boost his immune system and hopefully he'll get over it quickly. If he gets really stuffy, then you'll need to take him into a vet.
Thanks. I think he was getting Lysine at the Pet Store where he was being kept - he was only there a couple of days, but of course I worry that he caught something while there (or in the house he was fostered in before that - with 15 other cats!)
I'll give the Lysine a try. I work from home on Thursday, so if he's not getting any better, I'll call the vet then.
If his lungs sound clear, he has clear eyes, no discharges, no runny nose or gummed up eyes besides the normal, and only has the cough and hacking from the sounds of it, he MAY just have a kitty cold.
Mine went on a bought of this, passing it back from each other for two months, everything was normal, eating habits, energy, lungs, etc, except they hacked and coughed. I took the one in to get checked because she was so young and the vet said it was just probably a cold and that it was something that would have to pass with time.
I'm not saying that's what yours has, but if he seems to be healthy, alert, happy, etc, etc, give it a few days. If he's the only cat, he should get over it quickly, it's multiples where it gets passed back and forth.
He does have a little sneeze, and there's some clear liquid that I don't know if it's from his nose or his mouth. Eyes are slightly runny, but no more than what I would consider "normal" for a cat.
For me, the fact that he can play and play and play and play and can we please play some more? makes me think he's feeling OK. ;)
So I'll continue the wait-and-see.
It's so hard to tell a hairball noise from a cough or asthma noise.
I'm gonna bet that either way it's probably not serious. It could be related to a URI if he's sneezing, but if it's not bad I wouldn't worry. They are so so so common in shelters. If it's a hairball, it might work its way up eventually.
Asthma usually has a bit of lung wheeze noise that the vet can hear. Trubbie's does (we're assuming it's asthma anyway). Fortunately hers is quite mild.
Yeah - Tommy's lungs sounded clear last Monday... I just wish I could understand what he's *saying* better. Mietze I understand... it's like a whole new cat-language to learn with him.
Every cat is different! Although it's never entirely new, fortunately. It's more a matter of the insanely number of quirks. :-)
He could have Feline Asthma. I've read it's very difficult to diagnose and a lot of owners say they had miserable times going to vets offices only to be told their cat was "fine", when they would witness their cats coughing, choking, sneezing and vomiting mucus/foam. :/
Coughing can also be a symptom of heart disease/conditions. My cat has a congenital heart murmur and coughs frequently. My vet had told me "coughing isn't a symptom of heart conditions" but according to nearly everything else I've read on the web, and what the vet techs at the shelter told me, it most certainly is.
They did listen to his heart and lungs last Monday, and it all seemed fine. And I've "run" him pretty hard yesterday and the coughing is not associated with exercise, so I don't *think* it's asthma or a heart condition.
He's actually coughing a little less since I posted this (no surprise, right?) but we're still keeping an eye on him for now...
Thanks for the suggestions!
Oh well that's good signs. :)
If he is hairball prone, a little something like Kittymalt or Petromalt can help in coughing fits. My cat is definitely hairball prone (medium hair Coon mix!) and a little Kittymalt each week definitely helps pass them through! No more hairball hacks!