Please, before I begin, I politely ask for a judgement free response. I have hesitated to post, worried that someone will assume I am not able to care for my pets - this is one of my largest fears because I'd give my last meal to them if it meant they survive! However, I am writing here with what I don't believe to be an emergency, before resorting to the vet. I am in a situation where I just had COVID and am not doing well with my own health, I ended up having to miss over a week of work as a result, and am worried about rent/bill payments due to my unexpected illness. With this being said, I could pull out the stops needed to get my girl to the vet if best directed, my isolation is up tomorrow and my car gets fixed in the morning - but I am trying to exhaust the 'advice' option first, in the case that it might be an easy fix or remedy that I haven't tried yet - because although I can take care of her in what way is needed, I'd like to save money where possible. Suggestions here are welcome, I just kindly request a lack of judgement or comments 'frowning upon' my question. Thank you so much, in advance, for your tips, support, and guidance.
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I am writing to inquire about my senior cat. Yesterday I noticed she was sporadically dry heaving/gagging. As directed online, I tried a throat massage & that's when I realized that this caused her to do the heave (alongside when she was doing it a few times an hour, naturally). Her appetite seems normal, she does not seem in pain, stomach feels normal as in it doesn't feel harder than what I consider normal, she is sleeping fine etc. However, she is still heaving. I tried a home hairball fix, a teaspoon of olive oil in her wet food, she ate the works of it this morning - but hasn't seemed to help. I am unsure if it is a hairball or worse and I am psyching myself out by reading all the various forums online about organ failure or cancer, blockages, or another serious issue. I know there is no way for certain to know what's truly wrong by an internet post, so I am just looking for some tips and/or kind encouragements.
I do have a video of her heaving that I was able to get upon giving her throat a soft massage, that shows really well what her heaving looks/sounds like. If you'd like me to provide it, for a clearer "picture", I'd be happy to post it in the comments upon request if the website allows (I am new so am unsure of the bells and whistles until I make this first post!!).
This cat is my everything. I know I am a hypochondriac when it comes to her, which is another reason why I don't just automatically jump to taking her to the vet. If I did that, she'd be there on a weekly basis (or more). She is getting old, I want the best for her, and to give her the best - I need to try and gather feedback to make decisions without overthinking or getting too emotional about her health. However, I also need to try and do this without dishing out hundreds of dollars each time I worry.
I truly welcome any and all comments that could help me gain insight, give me some ideas of remedies to try, or even some possibilities of what this could be/what you suggest next steps should be. Should I wait a couple of days? Go to a vet ASAP? Try another remedy? etc.
Again, I thank you in advance and appreciate the time you've taken to read and respond to my post.