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My cat stopped eating today. He is vomiting everything

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My cat stopped eating today. He is vomiting everything including medication.
He has heart disease, he is blind, he has heavy breathing. He is 8 years old.
He takes Enalapril, spironolactone, furosemide, vetmedin.
One of his doctors said that he has a tumor behind his left eye and it might be cancerous.
This diagnosis was given 14 months ago.
I need to know if he is in pain and what to do
Thank you,
Georgette
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 9 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that Jacques has been feeling so ill. I will do my best to help.

He certainly has a long list of diseases to deal with - many of which have the potential to decrease his quality of life. The biggest concern I have from your description is that he has heavy breathing. When cats with heart disease are having trouble breathing, that's something that I want to get under control ASAP. If I can't get them breathing well, then I do suggest that owners consider euthanasia. Being blind they can get though very well once they adjust. The recent onset of vomiting may just be a "stomach flu" type of thing, however, in a kitty with as many health problems as Jacques has, I'm concerned that this could signal a significant decline in his condition.

Here are a couple of links to help you place an objective number on a very subjective subject:

http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/companionAnimals/HonoringtheBond/HowDoIKnowWhen.pdf

http://www.aplb.org/resources/quality-of-life_scale.php

I would suggest having him in for an exam - this could even be urgent or an emergency if he's really struggling to breathe. Respiratory distress definitely classifies as "suffering" when we are considering euthanasia decisions. I'm so sorry that you're having to go though this with your buddy - let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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