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My cat is a 8 year old tabby she's always been little on fiesty side. But recently past two weeks she barely eat or drinks not really going to bathroom doesn't want to play .an I've had her 3 years never lets me pick her up she now letting me pick her up rub her stomach her breathing is labored she always crying I truly belv she's hot Either a blockage or she's dieing .she's also making like almost gassy burping noise or like she's gonna vomit . Sounds I don't have the money to take her. To vet not sure what to do

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your cat eat anything unusual?

Didn't eat anything unusual that I'm aware of .

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your cat?

Not that I can think of

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 11 months ago

Since she's making the gassy burping noise, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian. The fact that she's not been eating well for so long puts her at high risk for liver failure. I have also included some links at the end of this post for financial aid options in the USA which may cover a medical bill for her, if she needs to be examined.

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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, 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 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 symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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PAWS: https://www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

Your dogs friend: http://yourdogsfriend.org/we-recommend/need-help-paying-vet-bills/

AFRP: https://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/financialassistance.html

Speaking for Spot: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care

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