How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. K Your Own Question

Dr. K
Dr. K, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 7412
Experience:  11 years experience as Veterinarian
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. K is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat is throwing up a white foamy mucus, what is the cau

Resolved Question:

My cat is throwing up a white foamy mucus, what is the cause?
Submitted: 5 years ago via Maybeckvet.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
HiCustomer

When did this vomitting begin?
How old is your kitty?

Dr. K
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
she's 5 or 6. The vomiting began 3 days ago. It's not very much and I don't think she's eating.
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
How many times is she vomitting per day?
When was the last time that she ate?
Is she having normal bowel movements?
Have you noticed any increase in her level of thirst lately?

Dr. K
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She has been throwing up once or twice per day. I don't know when she last ate. I have another cat also who appears fine. I also do not think she has used the litter box.
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
If you lift her upper lip and touch her gums above her teeth, are they wet, dry or sticky?
Have you seen her drinking water?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Her gums are wet. I have not seen her drink water.
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
Is she very lethargic, or is she acting alert and active and like her normal self?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She's very lethargic. Keeping to herself which is unusual.
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.
Acute vomiting can be caused by many different things in cats. The list includes (but is not limited to):

Gastroenteritis
Dietary Indiscretion
Gastrointestinal obstruction with a foreign body (such as a string, or a piece of a toy) Toxic ingestion
Gastrointestinal infectious disease (viral, bacterial, etc..)
Kidney disease
Liver disease
Pancreatitis

Differentiating these illnesses requires a physical examination by a veterinarian and blood and urine laboratory testing, plus abdominal X-rays.

Since your kitty has only vomited a couple of times a day and does not yet appear to be showing signs of dehydration, I do not think that you need to get her into an emergency clinic tonight. You should just keep your eye on her for the evening. Once she has not had any vomitting for 6 hours, try to encourage her to drink some water. If she will not drink from the dish, then draw some water up into a syringe or medicine dropper and try to squirt a little bit into the corner of her mouth. If she keeps this down, then offer her another few tablespoons a few hours later.

Because this has now been going on for three days, and she is acting very lethargic, she really does need to see the veterinarian. Simple dietary indiscretions or minor gastrointestinal viruses usually do not last this long. Really, there is likely something more serious than this going on that needs attention.

If you check her gums and they are getting sticky or dry, or if you should notice that her gums are getting very pale, or she begins vomitting intractably, then she is going to need to see a veterinarian right away.

I am attaching a client information handout that I use in my practice concerning acute vomiting. I hope that you find it useful.

Click Here


I hope that this information is of help to you, and I wish you the best of luck with your kitty. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Dr. K
Dr. K, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 7412
Experience: 11 years experience as Veterinarian
Dr. K and 7 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3053
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3053
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4146
    UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3980
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    3268
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 years of experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3188
    12 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2873
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/petdrz/2012-6-7_16239_MeandDoncropped.64x64.JPG Dr. Z.'s Avatar

    Dr. Z.

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1936
    Over 25 years of experience in caring for dogs and cats.