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Our cat has been vomiting...
Our cat has been vomiting - once last night, and twice just recently. The vomit last night appeared fairly solid, but this evening it was more of a brown liquid, but did contain two foreign objects that we can't identify. They were long (about 1") and very narrow. His breathing has been strange - very quick and then a few uneven breaths, as though he was sobbing. We've just discovered that the cat has been eating the leather binding from my son's baseball glove - and possibly some hair elastics. We discovered these things thrown up in a different room just now.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Hello,

It sounds like Eli has a foreign body obstruction from the sounds of it. Hair ties and leather strands can both cause an obstruction in the small intestine leading to vomiting, abdominal pain and decreased appetite.

You'll have to get x-rays to confirm the obstructive pattern and then likely get him to surgery to remove any foreign material. Once obstructed, there is no other way to resolve this other than surgery. Most cats will do well as long as there is no dead bowel or perforations.

If you can go to an ER vet now, that would be ideal. Otherwise, get to your regular vet in the morning.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Okay - we are already on the phone with our emergency animal clinic. I don't beleive this advice is worth the $20.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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