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Older haired cat cannot keep any food down; when it comes up

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older long haired cat cannot keep any food down; when it comes up it appears to be exactly the same color and consistency as the food was
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 Hairy hasn't been feeling well. I will do my best to help.

Vomiting is a vague sign, meaning that it can be caused by a lot of different diseases. In older kitties, I worry more for organ disease like kidney failure, liver disease, or diabetes. We can also certainly see simpler things like a an infectious stomach upset (think stomach flu) or dietary indiscretion (I ate something that didn't agree with me). In an extreme with dietary indiscretion, we can see GI obstructions from foreign object that they've eaten, which is a surgical emergency. Unfortunately if the vomiting is more chronic or very severe, we also get concerned for potential cancer. Since cats can get secondary liver issues (hepatic lipidosis) by not eating or not keeping anything down for more than a couple of days, I usually don't recommend waiting more than 24 hours to see the vet if a kitty isn't able to keep anything down. Given Hairy's age and what your'e seeing, I'd feel much better if she could be examined by a vet in person so that a diagnosis can be made and she can receive appropriate care.

Please let me know what other questions I can handle for you.

~Dr. Sara

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 8 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Hairy. How is everything going?
Doc Sara