My Sphynx cat keeps making gagging noises. She has not actually thrown up. But this has been going on for a few days now. She's sleeping a little more than usual, but otherwise is playful and seems fine. I haven't changed her diet, but I do have a Sphynx kitten and sometimes they eat eachothers food. I'm feeding them Wellness. I also haven't changed the type of litter (S'wheat scoop). Could you tell me why she's making the gagging noises ? She looks like she's about to throw up for a few seconds but then goes on as if nothing happened.
Type of Animal: Sphynx
Age: 1year 4months
Name of Cat: Ren
I've tried giving her turkey formula as opposed to her usual minced turkey (both Wellness) so she doesn't eat the new kittens food.
Hi, I'm Dr. Friend. I'll help you figure out a plan for Ren today. First please answer these questions:
No discharge from her nose
Thank you for you responses! Great. It can be difficult sometimes to distinguish coughing versus gagging, but it sounds likely that she may truly be gagging. This could be caused by nausea, esophatitis, gastritis, or even foreign objects in the stomach.
I recommend having her seen by your regular vet. I would start with a physical exam (looking carefully under her tongue for strings) and x-rays of her chest/abdomen. This can help to rule out any respiratory issue as well as look for possible foreign material in her GI tract. After these, hopefully we will have a diagnosis and be able to start a treatment plan.
In the meantime, you can give her 1/4 tablet of Pepcid AC twice a day. Offer her two meals, morning and late evening. Sometimes a low carb canned food will help. If your vet sees nothing of note on the x-rays, I would also start sucralfate in a slurry (your vet would show you how to make this) 2-3 times daily.
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