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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our cat, Tinkie, is s rescule cat from apx 15 years old. She

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Our cat, Tinkie, is s rescule cat from apx 15 years old. She is throwing up apx. 15 minutes after she eats wet or dry food for the past 7 days. There is a pinkish color to some of what has been thrown up. Just wanting to have an idea what might be causing this before her vet appt. Next week.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Tinkie. Unfortunately, there's rarely just one thing going on in a 15 year old. While simple dietary indiscretions are the most common cause of vomiting in a much younger cat, major organ insufficiencies - hepatic and renal failure - and age-related malignancies need to be considered in our geriatric cats. To answer you directly, primary gastrointestinal disorders such as severe inflammatory bowel disease and its sequela small cell lymphoma, other malignancies such as mastocytosis and solid tumors such as gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas, and disorders elsewhere in her body which affect the GI tract such as pancreatitis, hepatitis, and hyperthyroidism all need to be considered.

Tinkie's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and if nothing untoward is found an abdominal ultrasound should be considered. Ultrasound is the most sensitive and readily available imaging modality for the abdomen and particularly for the GI tract itself.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.