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11 year old female cat started to throw up her food in the…

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11 year old female...

11 year old female cat started to throw up her food in the last several days. I will get her to the local vet asp,, any advice or diagnosis?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the cat eat anything unusual?

No. I feed her dry food as I have always done

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. The Expert will know what to do. What is the cat's name?

Messy

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Messy?

No. usually the cat is full of energy despite her age. no she is lethargic

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

1- Is she strictly indoors?

2- Is she lethargic?

3- Did she get into anything?

4- Any pre existing medical conditions?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
strictly in doors.
yes. she has been lethargic last 24 to 36 hours
no she did not get into anything
no prior conditions
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am sorry for the delay in response. I had some technical problems at this end. In response to your question, when a cat is vomiting their food we call this "regurgitation." There are many different medical conditions that can cause regurgitation. Common causes are disorders affecting the esophagus (megaesophagus, parasites, etc.), ingestion of a foreign body, or even part of a systemic disease, etc. to name a few causes. In cats, as a species we also have to rule out hairballs.

If she is lethargic puts a systemic disease higher on the list of possible causes. In this case, I would recommend having her checked by a veterinarian for a hands-on examination. If possible, I would have her checked today. In the meantime, I would change her diet to a bland diet of rice with boiled boneless chicken or ground beef. In addition, I would start her on hairball medication (laxaire or laxatone). You can buy hairball medication over the counter in any pet store.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service it is how I get compensated. See you again soon!

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