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Hi, thanks for following up-
Chloe seems to be doing a little better. This definitely only happens as soon as she's woken up from a longer sleep (4 - 6 hours uninterrupted). As soon as she wakes from a longer sleep, she retches/gags saliva or bile, and then she is 100% normal the other 99% of the day. Eats, drinks, uses the litterbox, everything.
She went 36 hours without doing it (the longest so far). She didn't do it Sunday morning, but did it Sunday afternoon (we were out all afternoon, and she always sleeps when we're gone). Then she didn't do it Monday morning OR Monday afternoon. But she did it 4:30 this morning (Tuesday). It's less now, too- she gags one or two times, rather than four to six times during the first few days.
Also, when she did it Sunday afternoon, there was some hair mixed with bile, so I think maybe a hairball might have woken her? We found it right under the bed where she was sleeping.
So the constant here is that it's ALWAYS right after she's slept for a longer period of time. Upon waking, she does it, and then is totally fine all day. So it makes sense that, like you said, it could be exacerbated when rising from sleep. Do you have any idea WHY this might be happening? Why it bothers her ONLY after a longer sleep, and then all day, she's completely normal?
We thought we would let her take the Pepcid for at least a full week and see how she does. She's only taken the Pepcid three times so far. (Four will be tonight.) Our vet also mentioned that, if it didn't work, aside from doing blood tests just in case, it could have to do with her food (she's on a C/D prescription diet for bladder health). Do you think that's possible?
Thanks for your help,
PS: We have a cardboard scratcher that Chloe loves to lay on. A lot of times, she'll eat the little pieces of cardboard paper she pulls up. We took it away from her today. Could that bother her stomach?