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Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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Our cat is 7 years old, is throwing up foam and walking very

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Hi - our cat is 7 years old, is throwing up white foam and walking very slowly
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: We've noticed his breath has been very bad lately
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.

Hello, and welcome.

I'm sorry your cat is experiencing these problems.

The throwing up of white foam could be caused by excess acid or acid reflux, and his bad breath could be related to stomach upset. For the moment, you can give him 1/4 of a 10mg. Pepcid AC (Famotidine) tablet every 12 hours; this will help control excess acid and quell the nausea he's feeling.


Have you noticed if he urinated within the past 24 hours? Is he going to the box frequently, but unable to 'produce' or just a few drops come out? If so, he may have a urinary blockage, which is a medical emergency in cats. If you've seen him urinate normally, we don't have to worry about this.

Bad breath can also be caused by an oral problem like an abscessed tooth, gum infection or stomach upset; however, if his breath smells like nail polish remover, he could have ketoacidosis, a by-product of diabetes. This is a very serious condition.

He may be walking slowly because his stomach or bladder hurts or he may be developing some arthritis.

Due to his symptoms and it sounds like he's in pain, it would be best to have your kitty evaluated in person by a vet, asap. If your vet doesn't have emergency hours, try to bring him to the nearest ER vet clinic. If you're not sure where an ER is, in your area, check this site and plug in your zipcode:


I hope all will be well with your furry boy! Please let me know how he's doing and what the vet's findings are. Thanks!

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Warmest regards,


Expert:  Cher replied 11 months ago.

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