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contantly retching cat
zandkklein1 posted:
My cat has been retching contantly for 2 days now and sometimes throws up. My other cat got sick with a cold 2 days before this. THe retching cat seems fine in every way and eats and plays as normal. Is this a foreign body, infection, parasite, or something he caught from the other cat? please help
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Vomiting is the most common symptom in the world — almost any disease can cause vomiting including kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. But there are other diseases that are not serious, such as hairballs, that can also cause a cat to vomit food. While there's no diagnostic test for hairballs (and many cat with hairballs don't throw up hair) it's simple to treat for this with a hairball laxative. Ask your veterinarian which one they recommend and follow their directions closely. It usually works within 48 hours so if your cat is still vomiting after that, it's probably not hairballs and he really needs to be examined by your veterinarian.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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