Hairballs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies - Pets WebMD

If your cat seems suddenly lethargic and refuses to eat, and has been hairball hacking ..
If your cat has longer hair and grooms himself excessively, he may develop a hairball problem. It is possible for a hairball to become stuck in a cat’s throat. This will become uncomfortable until the cat is able to get rid of the hairball.
If your cat has longer hair and grooms himself excessively, he may develop a hairball problem. It is possible for a hairball to become stuck in a cat's throat.
What you always have to be on the lookout for are signs that your cat has a hairball she can't vomit up. This happens if the furry mass manages to pass out of the stomach and into the intestines but gets stuck there and doesn't continue all the way through to be passed in the stool. An intestinal blockage presents a medical emergency that may require surgical treatment. Your kitty may repeatedly hack and gag without producing a hairball. She'll probably also become constipated or develop diarrhea, and show little or no interest in eating. Your cat may also become lethargic or irritable, or display other behavioral changes. If you notice unproductive retching or similar symptoms, see your vet promptly. What to do if your cat has a hairball stuck in the throat: In this case, your cat will constantly try to cough or vomit and be restlessApr 23, 2011 - Answers to: My cat has been coughing for almost a week now like he has hairball stuck in his throat-is that possible for that long?My cat keeps throwing up. I am afraid she has a hairball stuck in her throat. What can I do? - Answered by a verified Cat Veterinarian.
9. It can also be a sign that your cat has something stuck in her throat. Hairball is the common thing that a cat swallows that results to that.My cat sticks her tongue out very far, as if she is gagging or has something stuck on her tongue that she cannot get off. Any ideas?Before, she would do this before regurgitating a hairball. Recently, it has been happening without a hairball following, only white foamy saliva. It is as if something is stuck on it that won't get off or like she has something stuck in her throat (not choking though, just irritated).NONE.
If you think she has something stuck in her throat (sounds like NOT), take her to the vet.
PERIOD.
She probably has a hairball that is not ready to come out yet. Give some hairball remedy.
I always buy hairball food (foods made with hairball stuff already in it), so as my cats eat, they get hairball stuff too. I don’t have much problem with hairballs and puking.My cat has been on a grain free diet for over a year now and he does not throw up hairballs ever, BUT, instead, his poop hangs from hair that gets stuck in his rear end until either I pull it out or it gets stuck in his fur, or dries up, or gets carried and left all over my apartment!! YUCK! I have started brushing him every day and giving him a hairball relief treat every day. We will see if this works or not. Something’s gotta give!!