I am so sorry to hear that wee Turboberry has passed on.
I think your son is very wise there and I do hope that one day we will get to see all the pets we have loved again (I can say as a vet who takes home pets with special needs, there will be a wee army of special pet souls up there waiting for me). And while its heart wrenching to lose him, please do take comfort in knowing that you did everything you could for him against those many issues stacked against him.
In regards XXXXX XXXXX I am so sorry to hear that she is unwell as well. If she is vomiting severely and potentially cannot keep even water down, then it will be difficult to treat her (even symptomatically) without at least injectable anti-vomiting medication on board to stop the vomiting and help address the ongoing issues (since often very nauseous cats will vomit any oral medications).
At the moment, if her vomiting is severe, then do consider resting her stomach by withholding food (ie for 6-8 hours). Keep water down in small amounts for her (since drinking large volumes in one go can also make the vomit). Furthermore, if she is nauseous but keeping down water and not constantly vomiting, you can try her with an antacid to try to settle her stomach at least for tonight. Obviously if you think she is going to bring it right back up or she is just constantly vomiting, then its not worth the risk trying oral medication. But if you did want to try an antacid, there are a number of them that are available over the counter and pet friendly. I would advise only treating with one, but the two I tend to recommend are Pepcid (LINK
) or Zantac (LINK
) Ideally, it should be given about 20-30 minutes before food is even offered to just help settle the stomach.
In regards XXXXX XXXXX bloods, I do think at her age it would be a good idea. The reason is because vomiting can be due to infectious diseases (ie bacteria, viruses, etc) but at her age we'd also need to make sure its not a secondary sign associated with a hormonal condition (ie hyperthyroidism) or organ dysfunction (ie kidneys, liver, etc). As well, bloods are very useful at ruling out pancreatitis, a very common vomiting condition of the cat.
In regards XXXXX XXXXX need for IV fluids, that will very much hinge on what is triggering her vomiting, whether the bloods demonstrate an issue (ie like pancreatitis or kidney disease), and what her current hydration status is post-vomiting. Now obviously the first two cannot be determined at home but you can check her hydration at the moment to give you an idea of whether she is dehydrated or not. To do so, we need to check to see if the eyes appear sunken, if her gums are tacky instead of wet/moist, and whether she has a "skin tent" when you lift the skin (example
). To see how to check these parameters for dehydration, you can find a wee video on this HERE
(they use a large dog but the principles are exactly the same for cats). If she is already showing signs of dehydration, then this will give you a hint that she will likely need IV fluids from the vet as part of getting her well.
Finally, just to add to the hunt for support for Abby's care, I would say that both VCA veterinary hospitals (LINK
) and Banfield Veterinary hospitals (LINK
) offer free first consults which might take a wee bit of the cost. As well, if you haven't already, do check out the Humane Society's database. They have a lot of branches nationwide, along with ties to other assistance organizations, that can keep down costs and subsidize care (LINK
) and may be able to help as well. But in any case, I am very glad to see there is a local low cost clinic that you can aid you in at least halting her vomiting and give you time to discover the trigger for it.
All the best for wee Abby,