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29 Jun 2010

Can cats hiccup?
My one cat has recently started hiccuping. I''m never sure he if he is going to vomit, he will have a sort of spasm (like a hiccup) and then lick his lips. This can go on for minutes at a time but I haven''t seen him vomiting lately. (He might be doing it outside.) Is this normal?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Maria

Cats can hiccup and it is normal. The reason for the hiccups may be due to distension/expansion of the stomach and movement of stomach acid into the oesophagus (food tube). Other causes: neurological, irritation in the thorax(chest cavity), metabolic disorders (esp renal failure).

I would be concerned if the hiccups increase in duration and frequency. For now I would change the cats diet - for example: Hill's sensitive stomach or Hills z/d - and see what happens. If you are overly concerned then please visit your local veterinary practice.
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