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My 15 year old indoor cat been vomited and Diarrhea all over

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My 15 year old indoor cat been vomited and Diarrhea all over the floor and drink a lot of water
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Is he strictly indoors?

4- Is it fair to say he is drinking more than usual?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
1 - A little bit off and on past year, but horribly a lot worse the past 3 days
2 - not to my knowledge
3 - yes he is strictly an indoor cat
4 - yes a lot more
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No I don't want to call for an Additional $18
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Friend, vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by many different medical conditions; this could be either a problem within the gastrointestinal tract or secondary to a systemic disease. The fact that he is drinking more than usual I am incline to believe this could be related to a systemic disease. You see, when a cat drinks more water than usual it is a sign an underlying medical problem. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism), kidney or liver disease and even cancer to name a few causes. To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as initial screening test. Treatment will be determined by clinical and diagnostic findings. In the meantime this is what you can do for the vomiting and diarrhea:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.

2- No food or water for 3-4 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.

3- After 3-4 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.

Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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