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MY CAT IS CONSTANTLY THROWING UP. I HAVE TAKEN HER TO THE VET

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MY CAT IS CONSTANTLY THROWING UP. I HAVE TAKEN HER TO THE VET AND BECAUSE SHE IS LONG HAIRED GOT A PERSCRIPTION TO HELP STOP THROWING UP AS SOME I FEEL WAS BECAUSE OF HAIR BALLS I SAW IN VOMIT SOMETIMES. I HAVED SHAVED HER AND SHE IS STILL CONSTANTLY THROWING UP. SOMETIMES IT IS MOSTLY LIQUID COLOR OF FOOD THAT HAS PROBABLY BEEN DIGESTED AND OTHER TIMES THE CAT FOOD IS WHOLE. I SHAVED HER AND ANOTHER LONG HAIR CAT I HAD AT THE SAME TIME IN MARCH. THE OTHER CAT IS ALMOST GOT HER HAIR BACK AND KALLIE'S IS COMING THROUGH VERY SPARINGLY. I CAN ALSO FEEL ALL THE BUMPS OF HER SPINE ON HER BACK. THE OTHER VETS WANT 400.00-500.00 TO DO X-RAY AND MORE THROUGH EXAM AND I DON'T HAVE IT AS I AM ON S.S. PLEASE HELP THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE OF YEARS. SHE GETS CONSTANTLY, BUT KEEPS THROWIN IT UP AND I FEEL SHE MAY NEED SOME KIND OF VITAMINS OR SOMETHING. PLEASE HELP ME.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 5 years ago.

Hello Janet,

I am so sorry Callie is not feeling well.

what foods does she eat? Is it mostly dry food?
Has she ever been xrayed or had an ultrasound?
Does she have normal bowel movements?

Thanks,

Terri

 

Expert:  Terri replied 5 years ago.

Dear Janet,

 

I am so sorry Callie is ill.

There are several possibilities for a cat to vomit so much.

*food allergies, blockage, cancer, hyperthyroid, renal disease can all cause vomiting.

 

You may be looking at severe food allergies or IBS which is characterized by bouts of constipation, vomiting and diarrhea:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_inflammatory_bowel_disease.html

IBD or pancreatitis are also possiblities:

http://cats.about.com/od/diseasesandconditions/p/felineibd.htm

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/pancreatitis__feline_.html

Colitis:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_colitis.html

 

megasophagus is also possible.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2122&aid=221

Discontinue all dry foods and things with chunks, pieces or shreds. Feed smooth pate`canned or baby food. ( no onion or garlic in the jar).

Raise the hight of her bowls by placing them up on phone books.

 

Acid refluxcan build up between meals. Feed very small, frequent meals. Do not let her gorge.

You can give her one quarter of a ten mg pepsid a/c (famatodiine) every 12 hours.

 

If the vomiting continues do an xray with contrast and or an ultrasound.

 

Please let me know how she is doing. I hope all will be well

 

Sincerest best wishes,

Terri

 

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
SORRY FOR MY DELAY IN ANSWERING YOU MY COMPUTER STARTING ACTING UP AND I COULDN'T RESPOND. CALLIE HAS NOT HAD AN ULTRASOUND OR X-RAY AS THAT IS WHAT THEY TOLD ME WOULD RUN ABOUT 400.00 WHICH I DON'T HAVE. I HAVE 4 OTHER CATS SO THEY ALL GET DRY CAT FOOD. I HAVE BEEN PUTTING HAIR BALL FOOD 3/4 TO 1/4 REG. UPSTAIRS AND DOWN STAIRS IS ALL REGULAR MADE BY PURINA CAT FOOD. REGULAR IS SEAFOOD SENATION MADE BY PURNIA. AS FOR HER BOWELS ALL CATS USE SAME 2 LITTER BOXES, BUT I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY DIHERRA. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY VETS IN LAS VEGAS THAT WOULD NOT BE AS EXPENSIVE AS THE ONE I TOOK HER TO? SHE ALSO LIKES TO BEG FOR OUR FOOD WHEN SHE SEES US EATING AND GETS A LITTLE OF WHAT WE GET. IS THAT GOOD? VET DIDN'T SEEM TO THINK IT WOULD HURT.
Expert:  Terri replied 5 years ago.

Hi Janet,

 

First thing, stop all dry food for Callie. You can feed her only smooth pate canned food and see if the vomiting stops. Dry food is the biggest culprit causing vomiting in cats. That is because they are obligate carnivores that are meant to eat meat.

They were originally desert animals that stayed hydrated by eating the entire rodent or bird they caught.Dry food is unnatural carbs that are foreign to a cats system.

Please read both links written by a feline vet:

http://catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity

http://www.catinfo.org/

 

Callie can have human foods as long as they have not been cooked with onion or garlic.

 

Please let me know how Callie is doing. I hope changing her diet will do the trick.

 

Very fondly

Terri

 

 

 

Expert:  Terri replied 5 years ago.
Hi JANET,

I'm just following up on our conversation about CALLIE. How is everything going?

Terri