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My one year old female cat Started throwing up her food this

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My one year old female cat Started throwing up her food this morning. It was her usual soft morning food. She then ate some dry food and threw it up also. What is your advice please?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Can she keep water down?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could she have eaten something she should not have (ie bones, toys, rocks, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Has she had any diarrhea?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
far keeping water down. Gums more pale sticky. Doesn't seem to to have stomach tenderness. Haven't seen her eat anything. She is an indoor cat.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 5 months ago.

Thank you,

First ,I am glad to hear that she is keeping the water down, but we do need to tread with care if her gums are paler and sticky. The stickiness raise concerns of dehydration creeping in and the paling if more so then usual can be a hint of anemia (low red blood cell levels) or even gut obstructions/distress. So, if she is very pale, we'd want her seen now. If only a bit less then usual, we can monitor her but again be careful.

Now based on the signs we are seeing, we do have a few concerns. Common causes we need to consider include bacterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and ingestion of harmful items (ie toxins, plants, non-edible items).

With this all in mind, as long as she can keep water down, we can try some home supportive care to see if we can settle her stomach. To start, if she hasn’t just vomited (since otherwise we’d need to rest her stomach for a few hours first), then you can consider treating her with an antacid. Common pet safe OTC ones we can use include Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do check with her vet before use if she has any known health issues or is on any medications you didn’t mention. Though, if you try this and find her nausea too severe to keep it down, then that is usually a red flag that we need her vet to bypass her mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication.

Once that has had time to absorb and Reilly is steadier on her stomach, you can consider starting her on a light/easily digestible diet. Start with a small volume (a spoonful). Examples you can use are boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. When you offer that spoonful, give her 30 minutes to settle. If she keeps the food down, you can give a bit more and so on. As her stomach stabilizes, you can offer more. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise that the diet be continued until her signs are settled, and that they are then slowly weaned back to their normal diet.

Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger the GI upset we are seeing. Therefore, since this has been sudden in onset, we’d want to start supportive care to settle Reilly’s stomach. If she cannot keep that or water down, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours; then we'd want to get her vet involved. They can assess her hydration, rule out fever, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with injectable anti-vomiting medication +/- antibiotics to settle her stomach, and get her back feeling like herself.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.
Hi Sunni,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Reilly Radar. How is everything going?
Dr. B.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Took her to the vet. Thanks for your help. Have a great day.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

You are very welcome, my dear.

Best wishes,

Dr. B