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My Blue Russian cat has been regurgitating her dry cat food

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My Blue Russian cat has been regurgitating her dry cat food for the last several days. She does not do this with canned food, only with her dry food. Is this indicative of a serious disorder, or might this be temporary?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 3 months ago.

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When she does this, is she having abdominal contractions and retching or is it just coming up with no warning?

Any recent change in her dry food or even a new bag you may have opened?

Any other signs of illness?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It comes up without warning (no retching). No new cat food, and the present bag was opened some time ago. No other signs of illness, and her tail remains high in the air (no other unusual behavior or signs of illness).
Expert:  Dr. John replied 3 months ago.

Thanks for the information. Sorry about the wait. I had to see a couple of appointments. It does sound like she is regurgitating and not vomiting. Regurgitation is usually an esophageal problem. That may explain why she does better with wet food. I would definitely have your vet check her out. If she has an esophageal problem, it may be due to inflammation, a stricture, a mass or a neurologic disorder. Either way, regurgitation can easily cause them to aspirate food into their lungs and cause a pneumonia. This isn't usually a temporary problem. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 3 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Bella. How is everything going?

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