Q. Our cat appears to be trying to throw up a hairball but only a foamy mucus comes out, she has been sneezing & while throwing up her stomach twitches.

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A. Vomiting up mucus or bile without anything else can sometimes indicate digestive upset or acid reflux rather than a hairball. It may be a good idea to feed meals more often or to offer a bland diet of boiled chicken to see if that helps. If a hairball is present but unable to be brought up, it may be causing a blockage in the digestive tract, and she may vomit up any food she attempts to eat. If she continues to attempt to vomit, the symptoms continue for more than a day or so, or if she appears in great distress/very ill then scheduling a veterinary appointment is best to check for other causes of illness that are causing her symptoms.

If the cause is hairballs, switching to a hairball diet, adding a hairball paste to her food and brushing her more often can all help reduce the amount of hair ingested and help break down hair ingested in the body.

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