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Cher, Feline Specialist
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My 4 month old kitten is vomiting liquid. She will not eat

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My 4 month old kitten is vomiting green liquid. She will not eat and is lethargic. I have given her some water by syringe and she actually drank it from syringe rather than fighting it. She started vomiting white liquid this morning and now it is green.
She is normally extremely active, but she is quiet and sitting like her belly hurts...hunched up. She does not cry when I touch her belly so she is not in pain.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hi, Karen and welcome!

I'm so sorry Bella is not feeling well.

Little kittens can get into things they shouldn't and she may have ingested a non-food item or toxic substance; she also could have an intestinal infection, be constipated or allergic to something in her food. There are so many possibilities, but the fact that she is vomiting green liquid, indicates that this is bile and she has excess acid in her stomach from not eating. It can also indicate a bacterial or viral infection. When a cat doesn't eat, even for a short time, she risks developing a serious liver condition called hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) and we would want to avoid that at all costs; however, don't offer any food at this time.

If you can crush 1/4 of a 10mg. Pepcid AC tablet very fine (use the back of a metal spoon) and mix it with the water you're dropper feeding for the moment, this might help with excess acid and nausea and soothe her stomach. Follow the dropper with the medication with one or two droppersful of plain water, to make sure it all goes down and doesn't stay in her esophagus, where it can cause ulcers. Here is more information about Pepcid AC (Famotidine):

From your description of the way she's sitting (hunched-indicating discomfort), the fact that she won't eat or drink on her own and is lethargic, plus the vomiting, it's important that you have her seen by a vet as soon as possible. If your regular vet doesn't have emergency hours, bring her to an ER vet center, now, so she can be diagnosed and treated.

The vet will probably give her an anti-emetic to stop the nausea and vomiting and if you do give her the Pepcid AC before she sees the vet, make sure to tell him/her that you did. Lab work, like blood and urine tests may be done and hopefully, she will be prescribed the most appropriate medication to help her feel back to herself.

I hope all will be well with your Bella and please let me know how she's doing and what the vet tells you. Thanks!

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