How do we know that a cat is experiencing a lung problem? A primary clinical sign of a lung problem is coughing. (Hey, wanna drive a veterinarian crazy? Tell him that your cat
is trying to “cough up a hairball.” Hairballs come from the stomach. Cats vomit up hairballs; they do not “cough” them up.) If
your cat hunkers down, extends his neck, and makes several raspy
throat-clearing sounds, he is coughing, and it is not a hairball. It is
likely asthma or bronchitis.
BY DR. ARNOLD PLOTNICK