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While cat hiccups are more common than one can deem possible, it might be fairly distressing for a concerned owner who wishes to keep their little furry companion free from any health issues. Similar to us humans and other mammals, cats and kittens too experience occasional hiccups, which might sound cute at times, but be indicative of a more serious underlying problem if persistent. Here are a few reasons why you cat might end up hiccupping longer than usual and how you can help fix their discomfort.Rapid ingestion of food and water
Most cats have the habit of eating too fast, sometimes even without chewing the food properly. As a result of which, they end up swallowing a lot of air which leads to several problems such as vomiting, upset stomach and uncontrolled hiccupping. Also, drinking water rapidly without breathing in between gulps can cause your cat to hiccup. In order to ensure that your cat takes adequate time for its meals, you can make use of elevated bowls and dishes to increase the difficulty of access and enhance concentration on chewing and sipping slowly.Ingesting hair balls
Hiccups may also occur when your cat tries to clear up its throat off the fur trapped inside and provide relief to the irritated throat muscles. You can minimize the problem of ingested hairballs by brushing your cat’s coat more often and getting rid of all loose fur that might eventually end up in its mouth. Also there is a wide range of food products available in the markets that are designed to reduce the problem of hairballs in pets.Potential allergies
There are certain dust or plant allergies that might be the primary cause of hiccups in cats. Typically, if apart from hiccupping, your cat is also sneezing frequently, it is a good idea to consult your vet and get it tested for possible allergies. If your cat is found to be allergic to something, you must try and eliminate all potential allergens from its surroundings to minimize the discomforts emanating from them.Underlying medical conditionIf your cat’s hiccups are sudden and chronic like never before, and there are no apparent reasons to explain the sudden spasmic bouts, there are chances that your cat might be suffering from a serious medical condition such as asthma, tumor, organ disease, nerve disorders or an anatomical defect in its throat. This is especially true for older cats and it is advisable to pay a visit to your vet, to rule out serious possibilities by providing adequate health care to your furry companion.The idea is to keep a watchful eye on your pet and take immediate corrective actions whenever you notice any possible health issues to nip the problem in the bud and prevent the situation from reeling out of control.