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My cat quit eating 3 days ago and has thrown up twice. Never

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My cat quit eating 3 days ago and has thrown up twice. Never goes outside. Any ideas to what might be the cause?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.


Vomiting in cats can be from many things:
1. Stress
2. IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) from food allergy or immune mediated
3. Foreign body obstruction
4. Metabolic disease- kidneys/ liver
5. Diabetes
6. Intestinal Lymphoma
7. Gastroenteritis

I would first start with an exam and x-rays to rule out an obstruction that would require surgery. If no obstruction, then I'd treat with food withdrawal for 8-12 hours and GI antibiotics and GI protectants. If still no resolution of signs, then I'd want to do biopsies of the intestines to rule out IBD or lymphoma.

If you want to try something tonight, I'd first pull up the food and water for 8-12 hours to help prevent further vomiting. You can then give Pepcid (Famotidine) at a dose of 1/4 of a 10 mg tablet once daily. Once the vomiting stops for 6-8 hours try feeding a small amount of food to see if she keeps it down. If she does, then great. If still vomiting, then get her seen and get the x-rays taken.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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