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Seeking advice - vomiting kitty
AStreetCatNamedDesire posted:
Hi - On Thursday night my cat vomited repeatedly so I took her to the vet emergency room on Fri morning. They did an xray (to see if she might have eaten something causing a blockage) and some blood tests. (My fiancé said he saw her eating what looked like a clump of hair /dustbunny she found under the bed shortly before she started vomiting.) They said the tests were inconclusive (didn't look like a blockage, but can't tell for sure, ugh), gave her a hydration injection, and sent us home. She refused to eat for the next 24 hours, and only vomited once or twice, so I took her to our regular vet when they opened in the morning (yesterday). They said she had a slight fever (which the ER did not mention) and gave her hydration and antibiodics. She seemed slightly better yesterday, even ate a little gerber baby food, drank some water, and purred in bed with us. But this morning she threw up again. I'm not sure if she's just got a bug that will pass or if something more serious is happening. Would you recommend I take her back to the vet today? I'm worried about fatty liver from not eating, but taking her to the vet really stresses her out. I've also paid about $700 in vet bills this weekend with no answers. Feeling helpless.
kathykatt responded:
hi, i wish i could help...i'm only a kitty mom and you don't mention the age of your cat or hairball issues. you're a very good mom to be so attentive to her needs. hope you get an answer soon.
AStreetCatNamedDesire replied to kathykatt's response:
Thank you! Desi is about 4 yrs old and she gets the occasional hairball, but no major issues with that.
kathykatt replied to AStreetCatNamedDesire's response:
how is Desi doing today? any better..i hope so. :)
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Vomiting can irritate the stomach (gastritis) and if it doesn't have time to return to normal, food can then irritate it again. But your concern for fatty liver is real so we would like the cat to have something to eat. What we usually suggest is something very bland (much like we need after we have had an upset stomach). This could be something like boiled chicken (no fat) and boiled rice, if she will eat those. It is important to deep her away from fat for a couple of days after vomiting stops. Try the bland diet first and if she won't eat that or if the vomiting continues for a couple of more days, she probably should be seen again. Thanks for being so caring.
AStreetCatNamedDesire responded:
Thanks, Dr. Beaver and kathykatt! I called my vet from work this morning and they told me I should bring her in. As soon as I got back to my apartment to pick her up I found her with a big clump of thread hanging out of her mouth that she had just coughed up. The vet checked her throat and it didn't look like there was any more thread, so we're hopeful that the thread in her belly was causing the vomiting. She's eating the bland food now, with no sign of vomiting, so fingers crossed that she is on the road to recovery! I guess no more letting her in my closet where she can chew on scarves and other fabric she can swallow!
kathykatt replied to AStreetCatNamedDesire's response:
hi. cats can and do get into everything. mine love the closets. they are "forts", lol. so glad the thread came up and she is well again and recovering. now Mom can recover too!
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM replied to AStreetCatNamedDesire's response:
Hi there,

String, which we called linear foreign bodies, are terrible for kitties. I hope too that she does well. Keep us posted.

Dr. Sandy


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