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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My normally health, fixed five yr old male cat has be

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My normally health, fixed five yr old male cat has be vomiting. Today he keeps sitting in his water bowl. He obviously feels very bad. I'm broke. Please help
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Patricia. I understand your financial constraints but I'd be remiss if I didn't tell you that Peanut is likely to be profoundly dehydrated if he's sitting in his water bowl and needs supplemental fluids given either subcutaneously or intravenously by his vet. Cats are desert animals and don't know to drink enough when they need to. Conflicted behaviors such as sitting in or around the water bowl is a clue that they're dehydrated which would be consistent with a cat who has been vomiting.

If Peanut can't see his vet, you can adminsiter an infant fluid/electrolyte supplement such as Pedialyte by means of an eyedropper or small poultry baster placed between Peanut's cheek teeth and cheek. You can't give him enough to satisfy his daily requirement of fluids but every little bit helps. Ideally the cause of his vomiting needs to be determined and treated appropriately so he can begin eating and drinking enough to correct his own deficits. I'm sorry I can't be more specific for you. Vomiting in cats is an important symptom but it's not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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