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Vomiting in cats

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JakeBullet · 12/04/2014 07:44

Wonder if anyone can advise me.

My lovely 7 year old Calico girl has had bouts of vomiting. The last one was in January this year, I took her to the vet who couldn't find anything amiss. He suggested starving her for 24 hours which I did and she recovered.

We are now in another episode of it, however...she seems very quiet, she has refused foods and water this morning and didn't attempt to eat yesterday. This is VERY unlike her...she is the one patting my face at 6.30am for her breakfast.

I spoke with the vet yesterday and they said to starve etc again ...which was no problem as she didn't want food then offer water this morning (which she has refused) before going on to boiled chicken.

So...she hasn't eaten or drunk for over 24 hours now.
She is quiet
She is able to jump onto the windowsill and take hersef into the garden.
She is vomiting clear/bile frothy fluid which I understand is symptomatic of stomach irritation.

Going to ring the vet back this morning for more advice but wonder what the people here thought.

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Lonecatwithkitten · 12/04/2014 08:15

There are several different possibilities, but she needs to see a vet today.

cozietoesie · 12/04/2014 08:20

I'd vet her,Jake, but I'm not at all sure that I would keep on going to your current one. We've all been educated (in no uncertain terms) by the vets who post that the old advice to starve them is no longer held and has actually - if I recall - been shown to be bad for their inner workings. You should offer them bland food and the usual loads of fresh water.

If she won't eat or drink, though, you have a difficulty so I'd have her seen.

Fluffycloudland77 · 12/04/2014 08:35

Try boiled chicken. What does she normally eat?

JakeBullet · 12/04/2014 09:11

Going to vet soon as I can get through. I currentl use the PDSA as am on benefits but do have another vet I can call if necessary.....if so will have to beg them to let me pay some today and some next week.

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cozietoesie · 12/04/2014 09:12

Ouch. Best of luck to her.

JakeBullet · 12/04/2014 09:13

She normally eats anything put down Grin

We have nicknamed her "Miss Scarf and Barf" in the past as she gobbles food down and has been known to regurgitate in equally quick succession Hmm.

Hence I now KNOW she is cat NEVER refuses food.

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cozietoesie · 12/04/2014 09:23

In the future, then, I'd try more frequent but small amounts if she's on wet food - or a foraging toy/kibble ball if she's on dry. (To slow her intake down and give her more interest.) Did she guts her food and bring it back up a lot ?

JakeBullet · 12/04/2014 12:28

Just has spates of it really.....trouble is I have three of them so feeding time is always a bit f a bun fight......I try and feed them in separate places.

The vet nurse says that as she has not vomited since about 3am to just watch how she goes today. I will give it until about 4pm but tbh if she has not eaten or drunk anything by then I will insist she is seen by someone...just to check she is not dehydrated.

She certainly struggled when I picked her up (normal) so seems to have lots of strength and good muscle tone.

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cozietoesie · 12/04/2014 19:16

How did she get on today, Jake?

catameringue · 13/04/2014 03:36

One of my 3 can be vomity and had a recent spate. I try and eliminate any obvious causes - look around for anything dodgy she has eaten, upped the amount of grooming and offered her plain chicken.

Cats shouldn't be sick so if she doesn't stop I'd agree about the vets. Leave lots of water out too.

JakeBullet · 13/04/2014 07:44

Thanks all, I stayed in telephone contact with the vets for advice over the day. Spoke to them again last night as she hadn't drunk any fluids for 36 ours and they got me to check her for dehydration....she was fine....and actually by last night seemed a bit brighter in herself.
This morning she woke me for her breakfast and she enjoyed it too....

All recovered so relieved.

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JakeBullet · 13/04/2014 07:46

Here she calico lovely.

Vomiting in cats
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cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 07:46

That's better news, Jake - but keep a weather eye on her for any more occurrences.

cattypussclaw · 13/04/2014 07:49

Just thought I'd mention: my cat started vomiting a lot. My vet (an angel - albeit a very expensive one - surely sent from heaven, she is so good) did blood tests and she had hyperthyroidism. They cat, not the vet. Daily pill now does the trick and kitty is well again and only occasionally voms (but usually only after eating too many M&S prawns).

Pretty cat BTW :-)

cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 07:49

Lovely girl. She looks as if she's been caught with her nose in a plate of chocolate pud!

cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 07:50

Sorry - x post. I was looking at the photo on your profile.

chocolatespiders · 13/04/2014 08:00

My 20 year old beautiful grey cat brings up gins clear liquid during the night. Didn't realise it was tummy irritation

Migsy1 · 13/04/2014 16:50

My vet recommended tinned tuna in oil for hairballs. Might be worth a try.

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