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My cat is having a problem with throwing up. He keeps acting like he will but the then acts like he swallowed it. He has also lost his meow, opening his mouth but nothing coming out. I tried feeding him butter to lubricate his throat but to no avail. I also tried starving him for a day and then feeding him boiled chicken (my book told me to do so) but this has not worked. Is this serious or can I treat this at home? My cat is one year, seven months old approximate and has had one vaccination (my dad missed the second one). He is not been de-sexed and he has short fur.

Butter isn't going to do anything to help your cat. At one year old he should have had at least three vaccinations and a rabies shot, although I am not sure they give those in the UK.
However, your cat sounds like he has a virus and he needs to see a vet.He could also have something in his tonsils, or stuck in his teeth. We have seen cats with bird legs half way down their throat doing exactly what you cat is doing. Trying to swallow, then gagging.

He also needs to be neutered and this is the perfect age to do so.
Take him in for his throat issue and make an appointment to get him neutered once he is well.

Get him in tomorrow to see the vet. Don't wait any longer.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!


I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

Audubon,World Wildlife Federation, American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians.


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