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My 10 year old black cat has been throwing up her food. We

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My 10 year old black cat has been throwing up her food. We switched her to a diet of boiled chicken and it stopped, but when we mixed in her wet food she got sick again. this has been going on for a week. Prior to this she did not have any problems with her wet food that is a mixture of premium canned brands like Taste of the Wild, Weruva, Dave's etc
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 8 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she been showing signs?

Any changes to her thirst, urinary volume, or weigh?

Are her gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything she should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
the problem has been going on one week. Her thirst, urine and weight have not changed, her gums are pink/purple and there is no belly tenderness. It's possible she ate some plant.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 8 months ago.

Thank you,

First, I am glad to hear that those other signs are normal, but if your lass has been chewing plants this could be our culprit since a number of plants are known to cause GI upset (some can even more harmful). Though I do have to warn that we can see plant chewing in cats that are already nauseous. Therefore, we'd also have to be wary of something more sinister afoot, especially with the relapse when you started putting her back onto her usual diet. So, we'd also be needing to consider a potential gut infection, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretion, or at her age secondary to an organ/metabolic condition (though hopefully less likely given the lack of those other changes I asked about).

With this all in mind, we can try some home supportive care to try to settle her stomach. Besides going back to the light diet (the chicken is fine, else you can use boiled white fish, scrambled eggs, meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free), Hills ID or Royal Canin’s sensitivity), we'd want to consider putting her on an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be: Pepcid (More Info/Dose @, or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. And I would suggest using both for a few days, weaning her back to her food while on the antacid and then stopping it once she is fully onto her old diet. If she settles, we are happy. But if she were to relapse again, then we'd want to get her vet involved. They can assess her hydration, check bloods to make sure none of those organ issues are present, make sure there is nothing in her stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister viruses present. Depending on their findings, her vet can treat her with injectable anti-vomiting medication, antibiotics +/- address any underlying triggers to get her settled.

All the best,

Dr. B.


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