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My cat is in the box, second time, but no poop. She vomited…

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My cat is in the box, second time, but no poop. She vomited earlier tonight, looks

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your cat eat anything unusual?

She ate some wet cat food, and chow for her dinner. The vomitus was very wet, as though she had drunk plenty of water. This is very sudden.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name and age?

Stella, about 9 yo.

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Stella?

Approximately 9 years old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Stella?

She's an indoor kitty, somewhat active. We have another cat, who is about 5 years old. She has no issues.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat
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Cat Vet: Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your kitty Stella who has been in her box a few times tonight and vomiting, but who hasn't pooped. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next few minutes, including a few key parameters to keep an eye on.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Cat Vet: Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are a number of things that could be going on here with Stella this evening to cause this vomiting and we need to consider anything from an infectious gastroenteritis, to a toxicity (hopefully there isn't anything your girl could have gotten into), to intestinal worms or even a foreign body obstruction. Hopefully she isn't too constipated, and you will need to continue to keep an eye on her as to whether she passes a bowel movement of not. Whatever the case here, you will definitely need to continue to keep a close eye on Stella, and if this vomiting (in particular) continues, then you will need to get her seen by your local ER vet tonight.

For now, make sure Stella has plenty of fresh water available and encourage her to drink. The biggest concern right now is that she could become dehydrated. If she won't drink or can't keep water down, then you are best to get her seen by your local ER vet tonight where they can start her on some intravenous (IV) fluids. You can with hold her food until the morning now, and from then you can start her on a bland diet of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast and boiled white rice. Don't worry about getting her to eat tonight, but definitely encourage her to drink now and over night. If she isn't interested in drinking, then you could try making her up a fresh chicken broth. For this, just boil up some fresh chicken until cooked, scoop off the solids, allow the liquid to cool, then feed her this luke-warm broth.

Over the next few hours, please keep an eye on Stella's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate tonight as follows (do be careful that your girl doesn't try to bite you):

Mucus membranes - flip her lip and look at the color of her gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get her to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on her gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if she seems to be panting or breathing rapidly throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

Best of luck with Stella and hopefully these symptoms settle in the next few hours. As above, if she can't keep water down, or if any of the parameters above don't seem right, then definitely play it safe and get her seen tonight. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Cat Vet: Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hopefully that message came through? Let me know when you get it!

Dr E

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Cat Vet: Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Hi there,

How is Stella doing today? Did she pass a poop in the end? Did her vomiting settle, or did you get her to you local ER vet?

It would be great to get an update when you have a moment.

Dr E

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Cat Vet: Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,

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

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