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« on: January 30, 2008, 03:27:02 AM »

Hey guys, I've been told that cats throwing up is totally normal.  And one of my cats throws up pretty often...but last night, he woke me up twice, and today he just can't keep food down.  Eats something, throws it up.  I even switched his food for a sensitive stomach kind of cat food and it still came out.

The place where I take him is closed right now, so it looks like I gotta tough it out tonight.  Does anybody have any homemade remedies for a cat who can't keep their food down?

And don't worry, I'll be calling the vet first thing tomorrow.
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008, 03:30:43 AM »

I can only say vet. He may have a blockage or pancreatitis or something.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2008, 04:23:59 AM »

Check to make sure your cat isn't eating any of your plants.  I had a cat that was doing that, and would throw up all of the time.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2008, 04:30:56 AM »

Some plants can even be poisonous to cats.  Crazy cats eat them anyway.

I know one thing with dogs, sometimes you see them eating grass.  I heard somewhere they'll do it when their stomachs are upset.  So maybe cats eat plants because they don't have access to grass?

But +1 to the vet suggestion.  My friend just had a kitten who was throwing up all the time, it turned out he had a really really big tumor in his stomach.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2008, 04:44:10 AM »

Quote from: Daehawk on January 30, 2008, 03:30:43 AM

I can only say vet. He may have a blockage or pancreatitis or something.

yes, take him to the vets.



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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2008, 04:52:38 PM »

the old fashioned remedy i used for all my cat related problems was to ditch the cat and get a dog.  worked beautifully every time smile

seriously i kid - i dont know but its terrible when a pet is ill - dont freak out too much hopefully its not a big deal
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2008, 07:06:04 PM »

Tell us how it turned out! icon_frown

Cats are very routine-based creatures, in my experience, and anytime their behavior is drastically different from their normal behavior, it's quite likely because something is wrong.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2008, 07:13:55 PM »

Yeaaah, he threw up once overnight...so I called the vet and have an appointment at 2:45 PST.  Poor guy, before he throws up, he starts meowing.  At least I can get the paper towels ready biggrin
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2008, 07:15:12 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2008, 07:18:39 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2008, 09:05:32 PM »

Lol that does look like a red rider but Id bet its a 30/30.
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2008, 09:21:15 PM »

Either one will put your eye out.
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2008, 09:43:26 PM »

Or cause a very nasty infection!
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2008, 09:53:54 PM »

I had this same problem. A couple weeks back I had tried some "all natural" cat treats, and my cat Molly reacted by turning into Linda Blair from the exercise that night (almost literally, her head spun around and vomit flew everywhere). I mean, she did that in probably 7 or 8 different places, and I was running around screaming, and running out of cat-puke cleaner. Lord knows what my neighbors thought. I guess I should've just put her in the bathtub (a friend of mine recommends that in emergency throw-up situations).

I threw out said treats, she stopped with the throwing up right away. Alas, last Thursday night (or possibly Friday morning) she was sick again in 3 or 4 spots. I took her into the vet on Friday.

They did a physical exam, took her temperature, didn't find anything. Did a blood test, I'm finding results of on Thursday. They had suggested not feeding her regular cat food for 24 hours after a throwing-up-fest, so I actually fed her Gerbers brand chicken baby food (you have to be careful, cause some baby foods contain peas, beans, pear juice etc. - Gerbers is just ground chicken, water and some corn starch) a few times for a day, while her stomach hopefully settled. She liked it, and there were no nasty side effects (I guess you could say she used her litter box a bit more often but nothing nasty).

The doctor did give her a hydration-shot (she was apparently quite dehyrdated, though whether that's from her being sick or whether that caused her to be sick, I don't know  icon_confused) and a temporary "anti-vomiting" shot, I have no idea what that is.  icon_confused

Molly's got an overactive thyroid, and I have to give her two pills a day (morning and evening) of a prescription medication called (I think) Tapizol. It hasn't had any adverse effects to this point, and we're hoping it's not causing her throw-up problems.

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Dunno if it's worthy anything, but the vet was saying cats with sensitive stomachs sometimes have problems digesting seafood. Doesn't really help me (the Purina food I give her is supposedly mostly lamb and chicken), though I know Molly had some troubles with salmon flavor treats and wet food I gave her in the past.
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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2008, 11:43:01 PM »

Sorry to hear that, Blackjack :/

Just got back.  They said his upper intestine was tight...usually a case of him trying to force something down.  They gave me a laxative to give to him, and pumped fluids into his skin (it's weird, he's got a hump on his back full of water) because of hydration, and said if there's still problems tomorrow morning, bring him back in.
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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2008, 11:47:47 PM »

Tell him to stop being such a pussy.
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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2008, 06:17:37 PM »

He didn't throw up ANY yesterday.  I even saw him eat a little.

He threw up a couple of times this morning...but the throw-up is different.  There was quite a bit of hair in the first...and he has been licking himself like crazy (especially since I've been putting the laxative on his paws, a suggestion from the vet). 

The vet was talking x-rays and more advanced medical stuff if I bring him back in, and having absolutely no money is a bad situation to be in.

Annnnd as I typed that he just threw up all his food.  I think I'll take him back today :/
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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2008, 06:29:11 PM »

Good luck with him.
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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2008, 08:46:31 PM »

Good luck man, I hope the cat gets well.
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2008, 09:00:33 PM »

Okay, they took an x-ray...and nothing showed up.  Except he had a ton of feces in him.  His stomach was also quite tender when the doc was examined him.  SO, they're going to do exploratory surgery on him today and will be calling me, letting me know what they found, if he needs to stay overnight, etc.
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« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2008, 01:15:10 AM »

Just heard from the vet.

They couldn't find any foreign bodies inside Rufio.  So the vet is concerned he has sludging of the gallbladder.  Basically, vile and other bad stuff builds up.  My vet heard about a procedure where they essentially turn the gallbladder into a pouch and build a separate duct, but it's something like a $10,000 procedure through a specialist.  So, he massaged it, and here's to hoping Rufio gets over it.

He may have another issue, as well.  Since he's a bigger cat, something called fatty liver could become a problem.  If he doesn't use his liver for awhile, it could stop working entirely.  So my vet is going to try to force-feed Rufio tomorrow.

And there you have it!  Not good news...
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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2008, 02:09:46 AM »

Sucks.  Sorry to hear about that    icon_frown
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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2008, 04:53:44 AM »

Sorry to hear that. I was hoping for much better news for you and your buddy frown
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« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2008, 07:28:56 AM »

Boo get better rufio!!
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2008, 07:56:35 PM »

Dude, harsh, I hope that your pal starts getting healthy asap! icon_frown
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« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2008, 08:34:09 PM »

Annnnnnd he's back biggrin

He's not throwing up...but he's not exactly scarfing food down, either.  The vet thought it would be a good idea to put him back into my home so he's comfortable and he may start eating again.  He's got a pretty gnarly cut on his belly, and the stitches need to come out in 10-14 days. 

The vet wrote his home phone number on a card and told me he doesn't give out his phone number...but that I could call him if I see any problems with Rufio.  That sorta rubs me the wrong way - but, as he stated, we're not out of the woods yet.  Hopefully Rufio can get over it...
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« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2008, 09:18:09 PM »

Did he put him on a special diet? Bland type? Hills makes many specialty foods for dogs and cats. We used it to great effect on our little guy when he had that. I remember K/D or some food like that.
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« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2008, 11:30:21 PM »

There was some kind of pet grass that's supposed to be safe for cats to eat in these situations, could prevent from from eating the wrong plant.  Not sure if plant eating in general is okay for cats though.
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