Making horrible loud sound during gag reflex, and hoarse meowing

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Sorry, it feels like I only come here for health questions, but, I could use your help again.

It's Gremlin this time. The sound made (1st symptom) is like a scream while heaving, but no vomiting. Gremlin and the stray Clari are both doing it (saw it happen once for each). Also, both are bloated (2nd symptom) - I thought they might be fat from eating food somewhere I'm not seeing and that's why trying to put them on a diet isn't working... but now I'm wondering if whatever Clari caught (she got very fat in a very short period of time, first), now Gremlin got it as well - like it's fluid retention rather than fat and a symptom of something else.

Blood test came out okay, though (white blood cells count normal), so the vet is discarding infection. But. The hoarse meowing is another thing (3rd symptom). Vet thought it might be just stress but honesly, not even at the most stressful situation has Gremlin been this weird-sounding. And now that I've heard Clari hoarse and make loud noises when gagging too, it's three things they are both doing.

(Extra note: I caught Clari having some trouble breathing one time, but Gremlin hasn't had nothing this obvious. At least not yet. EDIT: I forgot to mention Gremlin's test did reveal one issue: he's very close to having kidney problems (yeah, again the kidneys). Also, Gremlin has always had bad breath, but it might be worse lately. And most importantly, he is less active than normal, that's what worried me initially. He has never been a very active cat, mind, but something about how he acts nowadays bothers me. He eats, though, neither he nor Clari stopped eating... though I swear, for their perceived weight, I feel they are hardly eating all that much...)

Tomorrow I'm going to the vet again but so far they are clueless, and so am I. Could there be a contagious infection or bacteria that doesn't trigger the immune system response? (My god don't let it be cancer again...) If anybody has had any experience with something this odd, please -please- contact me. I'm scared out of my mind.
 
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I don't know, ...are you absolutely sure they aren't coming into contact with something?

Have you been able to get a video of the sounds so the vet can hear it?
 
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Honestly, it's something that happens out of the blue - and just once, thank god. Also, the first time it happened WHILE at the vet's. I was at the waiting room (after the checkup) and by the time the attending vet came, Gremlin had stopped making the noise (and she didn't hear it, even though it was very loud. It was like he was screaming...)

Extra note: I forgot to mention Gremlin's test did reveal one issue: he's very close to having kidney problems (yeah, again the kidneys). I also wanted to add that Gremlin has always had bad breath, but it might be worse lately. And most importantly, he is less active than normal, that's what worried me initially. He has never been a very active cat, mind, but something about how he acts nowadays bothers me. He eats, though, neither he nor Clari stopped eating... though I swear, for their perceived weight, I feel they are hardly eating all that much...

EDIT: Is there a thread, or one of those convenient links you have that lists possible cat diseases/symptoms that I could rumage through? I don't want to be caught with my pants down again, so to speak. So far, I've only read that heaving with no vomiting could be indicative of something being "stuck" on the esofagus/stomach/kidney/liver. It seems like there's a motif here... but what issues causes all these?
 
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Is there a university veterinary medical department you could contact?
 
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Have any parasites have been ruled out?
Can there be parasites and no high white blood cells count? I'm honestly asking, I'm kind of lost here.

We did x-rays on Gremlin, nothing there (mild artrosis at most). Vets felt him constipated so we are giving him laxatives. His energy does ups and downs. I went to the doctor myself and got diagnosed flu-like virus (voice been rather hoarse myself, and I've zero energy... no fever though) so now I'm thinking it might be some sort of zoonosis, but no symptoms fit the description of any zoonosis I know, and there's the thing with the low white blood cells count...

Is there a university veterinary medical department you could contact?
I think I heard someone mention this before. Is this a thing? I'm gonna ask around. My cousin is studying to be a vet no less, she should know, right?
 

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Sorry, it feels like I only come here for health questions, but, I could use your help again.

It's Gremlin this time. The sound made (1st symptom) is like a scream while heaving, but no vomiting. Gremlin and the stray Clari are both doing it (saw it happen once for each). Also, both are bloated (2nd symptom) - I thought they might be fat from eating food somewhere I'm not seeing and that's why trying to put them on a diet isn't working... but now I'm wondering if whatever Clari caught (she got very fat in a very short period of time, first), now Gremlin got it as well - like it's fluid retention rather than fat and a symptom of something else.

Blood test came out okay, though (white blood cells count normal), so the vet is discarding infection. But. The hoarse meowing is another thing (3rd symptom). Vet thought it might be just stress but honesly, not even at the most stressful situation has Gremlin been this weird-sounding. And now that I've heard Clari hoarse and make loud noises when gagging too, it's three things they are both doing.

(Extra note: I caught Clari having some trouble breathing one time, but Gremlin hasn't had nothing this obvious. At least not yet. EDIT: I forgot to mention Gremlin's test did reveal one issue: he's very close to having kidney problems (yeah, again the kidneys). Also, Gremlin has always had bad breath, but it might be worse lately. And most importantly, he is less active than normal, that's what worried me initially. He has never been a very active cat, mind, but something about how he acts nowadays bothers me. He eats, though, neither he nor Clari stopped eating... though I swear, for their perceived weight, I feel they are hardly eating all that much...)

Tomorrow I'm going to the vet again but so far they are clueless, and so am I. Could there be a contagious infection or bacteria that doesn't trigger the immune system response? (My god don't let it be cancer again...) If anybody has had any experience with something this odd, please -please- contact me. I'm scared out of my mind.
Merlin did that a couple of times. I was going to post about it but didn’t- it happened after I gave him his medication, at first I thought he was in pain but after a few times it stopped. I think he swallowed something the wrong way or something I have never heard a cat do that before, very frightening.
 

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Have you thought of allergies from their food? It's strange they both have had it. The hoarseness might be from allergies.I would change their food just to see, and maybe add DMG, or Lysine with immune support to build up their immune systems. All my cats are on it now since one was diagnosed with leukemia, or FeLV, and it has been a couple of months and so far so good. Two have had a LOT of upper respiratory troubles, almost dying, and since the DMG have had none. Just a thought.....PS are you giving any supplements, or treats they might have a reaction to?
 
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