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My maine coon is meowing strangly and throwing up

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My maine coon is meowing strangly and throwing up spit...also lethargic and not eating well. This has just started in the last 24 hours although he has been having bathroom problems for a few weeks. He is 2 years old. HELP....
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi,

What sort of bathroom problems has your cat been having? Not urinating or making stools as usual, straining and/or diarrhea? Any blood in the urine or stool?

Does your cat go outside?

How much Pepto did you give and when?

Thanks,
Cher
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Jessesmom's Post: Hi Cher,
He has been peeing and pooping outside the litter box, also throwing up once every few days for about 3 weeks. He eats Nutro food and has not changed since he was a kitten. He does go out but only for short periods of time, he is basicly an indoor cat due to the heat and his hair.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
1/4 teaspoon of Pepto about one hour ago , he hunches like he is trying to poop but doesn't
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi again, Earlene, and thanks for your reply with additional information.

It's possible that he has ingested a toxic substance or other non-food item, and this is causing his throwing up and may have also caused intestinal pain, prompting the inappropriate elimination. When cats feel discomfort upon eliminating, they will come to associate that pain with the PLACE of elimination, the litterbox.

If he's hunching and straining, but can't defecate, he may have an intestinal obstruction, or, if you haven't seen him urinate within the past 12 hours, he may have a urinary obstruction, which, in males, is a medical emergency. His meowing strangely and vomiting may be related to a urethral obstruction, as these are typical symptoms.

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/urethral.html
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Because he's been exhibiting these symptoms for over a day now, and had been 'starting' a problem over the past 3 weeks, there's no doubt that he needs to be evaluated by the vet, immediately, to find the cause of the problem and have it treated.

Bringing him to the nearest ER vet center, now, would be your best course of action.

I hope your furry boy will be feeling much better, once he's assessed and treated by the vet!

Cher
Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 18650
Experience: Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
cher, that's the issue, i am a full time student and have no $. even the paypal $ will cost me 35 service charge but we love our cat. thanks for your help....earlene
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hi Earlene,

Try applying for CareCredit.com, and this will help you make installment payments for the vet visit (more info, below). Also, check out these organizations, and see if they'll help you pay for your kitty's medical fees:

American Animal Hospital Association
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals
http://www.angels4animals.org/
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit
http://www.carecredit.com/
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every
budget."

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/
"Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion."

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Prog ram is a nonprofit 501
(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and
kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save
their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

God's Creatures Ministry
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

Help-A-Pet
http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html
"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor."

IMOM
http://www.imom.org/
"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund
http://thepetfund.com/
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."
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See if you can work out ANYTHING with the local vet or ER vet center, to allow you to make payments, after you describe your cat's symptoms. He really does need to be seen as soon as you can get him in. I understand your financial bind, and hope you can possibly borrow from friends/family, to have him treated by the vet, ASAP.

I wish you and your kitty much good luck!

Cher
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thanks Cher, we'll check some of these out.
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
You're most welcome, Earlene, and I hope your cat will be fine!

Please let me know how he's doing by just clicking 'reply' on this information request.

Thanks!

Cher
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Jessesmom's Post: Cher, I just wanted to let you know our beloved cat died today about 1 pm. The animal hospital would not help us. I do appriciate your help last night.

Thank you CustomerXXX@XXXXXX.XXX
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Oh Earlene, I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved kitty; I know how difficult this is for you.

Thank you for letting me know, and I send you my best thoughts and prayers. Your kitty is no longer in pain, and if you can picture him in a place like this, it might help ease your grief, in some small way:
www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm

Cher
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thank you this is from Annie Psymon's mom...9 years old.
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
You're most welcome!

Cher

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