Kitten not eating. Vommiting. Last night. Continuing this morning. Before she vommits she's uncomfortable. Maybe in

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Customer: Kitten not eating. Vommiting.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this decrease in the kitten's appetite? Any changes in energy?
Customer: Last night. Continuing this morning.
JA: Does the kitten seem to be in any pain?
Customer: Before she vommits she's uncomfortable. Maybe in pain. She meows. And then vommits
JA: What's the kitten's name?
Customer: Mim.
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: She is a nine week old ragdoll. We have never really had her eating really well after having her for two weeks. Often vommits.
Answered by DrNickiDVM in 14 mins 11 months ago
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Hello, my name is***** and I'm an emergency veterinarian. I'm here to provide you with excellent service. I’m very sorry to hear you are experiencing these issues, but I appreciate you reaching out to us for assistance. Hopefully I can help. I’m so sorry Mim is not eating and vomiting.  You must be so worried. I have some questions I will ask below that will help me to understand what could be going on with her.

Please be aware I am a licensed veterinarian, but I am not your pet’s veterinarian and cannot examine your pet, so I cannot legally provide you with any specific veterinary medical advice such as diagnosis or prescribing medication. However, I can generally speak to help you understand resources that may help you and advise you to seek medical attention.

Did you get her from a pet store, a shelter, or a breeder and are you feeding the same food she had been eating before you got her?

We got her from a breeder.
And we have tried to feed her the same food.
We had been giving her the kitten formula that her breeder have her, should we try mother and kitten?
What do you mean mother and kitten?

Is that a brand of food?

Royal Canin has "mother and baby" as one of their types of food. We had her on kitten. Is the other better for weening? Will it be better. Any recommendations would be helpful

Ah, I've not seen that. I use their Babycat a lot! I really like it.

You are giving Kitten formula as in milk replacer?

How often is Mim vomiting?

Mother and Babycat... That's it. We aren't giving her milk replacer. But I can try Babycat.
She is vommiting after meals. Today it was after water too. So we got worried.

The other one may be ok.

Did you say she's not been eating well since you got her?

How often does she vomit? It's after every meal?

After some meals, since we had her. She had been eating ok some times.
But yesterday and today she tries to eat then vommits.

Do you feel she's underweight ?

You can feel bones through her fur. But until today she seemed upbeat.

Has she been to the vet yet?

Does she have long hair and could that explain the vomiting?

We haven't visited the vet because it is a public holiday. She has been to the vet for her kitten checks, all was good.

Do you know how long ago she was at the vet? They should be getting their shots starting at 6 weeks of age and then every 3 to 4 weeks until they are four months old.

she is a ragdoll with long hair. Why could that explain vommiting

Oh just if she's eating her own hair when grooming, and she could have hairballs.

I was wondering if that was a possibility. Because vomiting so frequently is definitely not normal and is concerning.

Does she ever have diarrhea?

She had her 6week shot. We are due to return to the vet next week for her next one

Do you feel that any of what she's eating is getting through and she's having enough poop? Or is she vomiting up everything she eats?

Before today she has been toileting. Pooing well.

That's good. Did they tell you when she was next due for her shots?

If she's 9 weeks old now, I'm presuming she had only one set so far?

Next week on the 21st is her next shot.

Good and they will check the stool sample at that time.

But vomiting is not normal like this so are you 100% certain she's not getting into anything, whether toxic or a foreign object? Chewing on a plant?

No. Nothing like that.

That's good. I don't like it if she's feeling underweight to you. Do you feel that her gums are pale or that her energy level isn't what it should be?

Would you consider taking her into the emergency if you don't feel that she's taking in enough calories? I would worry about low blood sugar at her age if she's vomiting whatever she tries to eat which can cause seizures or even be fatal.

Her gums seem ok. Are you thinking digestion issues?
I think so. We are attempting to call the emergency vet for their opinion too.
Vomiting can be due to an upset stomach, a parasite, ingestion of a foreign object, or even something worse like a virus or  kidney disease. It's always much more concerning when a young animal is vomiting due to the risk of low blood sugar. That is, if they are not holding down much of what they're eating.

When she goes to eat, does she have enthusiasm to eat or is she not acting particularly hungry?

I would also consider parasites at this age causing vomiting as a possibility.

She has never scoffed her food, like our other cats. She has always been dainty and slow.

That may just be her personality then.

It's hard to know with her being new to you.

Would you consider taking her to the vet sooner than her appointment?

I will be turning in soon, is there anything else I can help you with this evening?

Thank you for all of your help. We will either take her to the emergency vet now or go to the vet first thing in the morning when they reopen.
Thanks again.

You're welcome. I hope I was able to answer your question. I sure hope that Mim is feeling better soon. I am available if you have any follow-up questions for the next few days. If you would like to ask me another question in the future, you can add me as a favorite Expert. You'll have the option to do that on your "My Questions" page if you choose to rate our interaction or you can request me by name if you wish, again my name is*****

Thank you for using our site and for trusting me to answer your question.

Dr. Nicki

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