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14 year old female cat, chronic vomiting. She vomits every

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14 year old female cat, chronic vomiting. She vomits every night in the middle of the night, sometime more than once. It just comes on all of a sudden, out of a dead sleep she will suddenly start to "contract" and will vomit. It is usually hairballs. She is short haired with a slick coat, but she grooms EXCESSIVELY. She is a very small cat, normal weight 6.5 lbs, last vet appt she was down to 5 lbs. The vet shot mineral oil down her throat last time and it helped for a while, but is a continual problem. She is wasting away it seems. Could it be a more serious problem than hairballs? What is the best course of treatment I should pursue?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 8 years ago.

Older cats are more prone to develop certain medical conditions, like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, liver and kidney issues, and vomiting may be one of the initial symptoms, in addition to weight loss. For this reason, your cat needs to have a geriatric blood panel so your vet can see her levels and if there is an underlying medical cause for her vomiting at this time.

Also, since she's vomiting in the middle of the night, this may be caused by excess stomach acid produced by an empty stomach. If she's given scheduled feedings, and has no dry food available at night, this may be contributing the problem. If she does have dry food available at all times, she may not be eating often enough or she may have acid reflux. Ask your vet if you can give her a 1/4-1 tablet of Pepcid AC to help control the acid, and hopefully, this will decrease her vomiting. Also, if she's given scheduled feedings, feed her right before your bedtime, so her stomach is not empty for so many hours, until you get up in the morning to feed her again.

If she grooms excessively, yes, this problem could be caused by hairballs, and you can give a hairball remedy daily, like Laxatone or Petromalt, which is available in major pet supply stores. Also, comb/brush her frequently to remove most of the excess fur.    

I hope all will be well with your kitty!

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