Cat Coughs after Hissing

by Janine
(Ohio)

My cat is 14 and immediately after hissing he starts to cough/wheeze. I rub his back, but what is going on. He hisses infrequently (thank goodness), and usually when I do my hair in a way he doesn't like.


Answer from Kate
Hi
Sometimes cat react like this when they come in contact with a smell they don't like. Sometimes strong perfume can do this and perhaps even hairspray etc.

As for the coughing, well it may simply be that the hissing irritates his throat for a few seconds which causes him to cough. I wouldn't worry too much, but if you notice the coughing more often then take him to the vets to has throat looked at. Also mention the coughing when you next take your cat to the vets anyway.

best wishes Kate

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