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Threw up foamy bile...lost control of bowels. Seems

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lethargic like he can't get...
Threw up foamy bile...lost control of bowels. Seems lethargic like he can't get up . loud deep meowing.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: It happened before. The vet couldn't figure it out. Gave us antibiotics
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How old is he and how long has he been showing signs?

Can he keep any water down?

Can he pass urine normally?

Was his stool loose?

Are his gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could he have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Showings signs for a couple of days. He is around 9 years old. He won't eat or drink. He passed solid stool last night. Tenderness on his belly. Nothing harmful eaten that I know of.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hello again,

Since he has belly tenderness, can be pass urine?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I dont know. He hasn't used litter. He usually urinates fine. He keeps licking alot...like something tastes bad. He is hiding behind clock right now. Can't coax him out.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hi again,

Licking his lips or his penis?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What? His lips!
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hi again,

I did have to ask, since urinary blockage kitties can lick their genitals more. And as that is a kitty emergency I'd be remiss not to consider it for him. Now I do have more to type, so just a moment.

Dr. B.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Now I have to say that I am concerned about your lad and do have to question if he can pass urine.

Again blockages in male cats are emergencies and often they present vaguely with belly tenderness, vomiting, crying/yowling, lethargy and sometimes licking their genitals or having issues with stool. So, if you aren't sure he can pass urine and that belly is tender then we are best to have him seen.

Otherwise, I do want to outline some supportive care for the nausea/vomiting he has here. Which could be secondary to pancreatitis, gut blockages or infection. For that, we can try treating him an OTC pet safe antacid [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Though if he cannot keep it down due to nausea, that is usually a red flag that we need to bypass his mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication from his vet.

Afterwards, you can consider starting an easily digestible diet like boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset. As long as improvement is being seen, I usually advise continuing this until signs are settled, and then weaning slowly back to your normal diet.

Overall, his signs do raise some concerns here and I have to say that his signs just sound more than a straight forward gut infection. Therefore, if he were my patient I'd see him now to be safe with that bladder. Else if you think he can pee, then supportive care to settle his stomach can be tried. But if he doesn't improve in a few hours, then we are best to have a check to be safe here for your lad.

Just in case you need a local emergency vet, you can check @ http://www.vetlocator.com/ or via

https://www.veccs.org/facility-directory/

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

You are very welcome, my dear.

Best wishes for you both,

Dr. B.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. B., Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.
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