Wheezing instead of purring?

My 18 year old cat has started to wheeze instead of purr. He doesn't make any sound when he is just breathing, but when I scratch his neck or pet him, instead of purring, like he always did, he now wheezes. Also, instead of sneezing, he lets out a few sudden bursts of wheezing instead. Could he have a hairball stuck somewhere? Solutions?

Asked by Member 800465 on Feb 4th 2009 in Health & Wellness
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I would think that if a hairball was stuck where it could affect his purr and sneeze then he would have difficulty breathing as well. But you could try giving him some laxatone hairball remedy to see if he passes anything. Or else some canned pumpkin (pure pupmkin, not pie filling) But I would be more concerned about some other type of growth in the throat area. If hairball remedy does not help, I would call the vet. To be honest, I would just call the vet anyway because I worry about everything with my girls.

Allie answered on 2/4/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Looking for the same answer! 18 year old neutered female with renal problems. Have asked the vet when she was seen, but since she only wheezes when purring (at she doesn't purr at the vet) they were unable to do more than prescribe theophylline, thinking it might be asthma. Since my own doc has taken me off theophylline for asthma some years back, (doesn't work) I have not kept up the treatment (pills).

Member 508390 answered on 4/9/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


My (very old) cat has been diagnosed with asthma. When she purrs, she has a hard time breathing. She'll open her mouth to breathe, which isn't normal in a cat. My cat doesn't cough or sneeze but she does snore a lot. I'd take your cat to the vet and have X-rays of lungs.

Member 1037366 answered on 6/14/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer