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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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Cat vomited last night and this morning. Then, out of the

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Cat vomited last night and this morning. Then, out of the litter box dark, foul smelling feces. Is this an en
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the cat eat anything unusual?
Customer: not that I am aware of. She is hiding.
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: 12 years
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about 12?
Customer: Very hard feces
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Human food? The opportunity to get into the trash? Torn up toys? Stressful changes to the environment?

Has she had bloodwork in the last year? If so, do you have a copy to share?

Any history of illness or injury?

Has she been defecating regularly up to this point?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No new food.No history of illness.Has been defecating regularly.No recent blood work.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Thank you. give me one moment to reply.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

One of the most major concerns we have with cats who are both vomiting and passing hard stool is that an underlying kidney issue might be present leading to dehydrated and profound constipation which is leading to vomiting. I can give you some steps to take at home to help calm her stomach and help her pass more normal stool, but if the symptoms persist you're going to need to have her examined and treated by your vet.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. For a pet avoiding taking medication readily, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make this, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot. Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid more nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of the GI upset. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Checking in. How is your girl doing today?

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