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Fifteen Year Old Cat Vomiting
An_249411 posted:

I'm new here, so I'm hoping I'm doing this right. Anyway, my dear fifteen year old cat seems fine -- she's very alert, curious about food, happy to eat, and still meows at us and purrs. Her one problem is that she vomits every other day, if not daily. It's not ever blood, foam or bile, but partially digested food. She's vomited a lot her whole life, but it's just become more excessive. She's still urinating and defecating. I would take her to a vet, but we live about an hour away from any vets and car rides have always stressed her out, so I thought I'd seek any opinions here first. (At first I thought kidney failure, but vomiting is her only symptom.)

Thank you very much.
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. In a 15 year old cat, these are all possible, 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 she's still vomiting after that, it's probably not hairballs and she really needs to be examined by your veterinarian.

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


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