I let my cat outside at my old apt bc he got out a few times and always came back but when I moved I wanted to keep him

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Customer: I let my cat outside at my old apt bc he got out a few times and always came back but when I moved I wanted to keep him inside. Does that have negative psychological effects?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the cat's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: About two months
JA: Is he taking any medications?
Customer: No but I’ve been giving him more treats because he’s now in a house with a dog and I’ve been keeping him away and he’s been throwing up every now and then.
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: not frequent but enough to make me a little worried. He’s been sick before and prescribed antibiotics
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: OJ and he’s 6
Answered by Dr4Cats in 59 mins 3 weeks ago
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Hello, this is Dr. Cynthia. Thank you for contacting JustAnswer. I am a board certified cat specialist.I have over 40 years clinical experience with a degree in animal nutrition also. I will try to help with your concerns on here.

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Please understand that this is a consulting site only. Without a proper physical examination we cannot by law issue a prescription or make a definitive diagnosis for your pet. Based on the information that you provide we can evaluate your situation and advise you on home care and treatment or determine if it would be best to see your local veterinarian.

Thank you for the information that you have provided. Please give me just a minute to review that information. I may have additional questions to best help you.I will be helping multiple customers and typing so please be patient between replies.

I am very sorry that OJ is having this problem. I understand your concern. I do have a few questions.

I just want to be sure I understand the problem clearly.

  • To confirm, OJ is eating and drinking, eliminating normally, maintaining weight, and engaged in regular daily routines, but he is vomiting. Is that correct?
  • How is OJ confined away from the dog?

I could best help you with additional information, but I know it has been some time since you posted the question. I am sorry for the delay. Since I have not heard back from you, I want to provide you with an answer in a general sense from the information you have provided to me. You can always ask a follow-up question. I will check back later.

Cats are simple creatures. For eons they have survived by concerning themselves with three basic instincts:

1. Procuring food and eating

2. Not getting eaten by predators

3. Reproducing the species

The strongest, without any question, is number 2; otherwise the other two will not matter.

For this reason, if the cat perceives a threat, it will usually stop its other normal behaviors, even eating, until it again feels secure in its environment.

Cats are solitary survivor and territorial animals who need a sense of control, safety, choice and familiarity, not only in their physical environment but also in their social environment.

The vomiting may be associated with the increased feeding of treats, other diet factors, stress, or there could be another medical problem.

If the symptoms persist or worsen, evaluation by a veterinarian is best.

I hope this has helped. We try to answer your questions and concerns as best we can on this site without the benefit of a proper physical examination. Please appreciate that it is always advisable to seek local veterinary care if possible.

Let me know if there is anything further I can help you with, or if you need clarification on anything. I want to be sure that I have answered your question to your satisfaction.

I’ve been keeping him in my room and I let him out a few times a day when I put the dog outside. He’s cautious of the dog but hasn’t deterred his mood or health until yesterday when he threw up and started acting lethargic
I want to introduce the animals but afraid of conflict from the dogs side. OJ has been fine around other dogs but my roommates dog has high anxiety and Is very impulsive

Thank you. Is/was the vomit clear/white, yellow, brown, or all food?

All food

So I am clear this vomiting happened yesterday, and OJ has since eaten with no further vomiting. Is that correct?

his eating is fine but he’s acting lethargic and is usually very high energy

Thank you. Please review the recommendations above. If the symptoms persist or worsen, OJ should be properly examined.

Since you have no further questions, I will mark this question complete.

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Thanks so much, and kind regards!

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Thank you very much. Do you have any tips for introducing the animals so that he will have less stress?

The introduction or exposure to the dog will be very stressful for OJ if the dog is not completely controlled.

There needs to be ample areas above which the dog cannot get like cat trees and other verticle climbing surfaces.

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