Pet

Get Pet Questions Answered by Pet Experts

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Pet
This answer was rated:

My cat vomited watery stuff several times yesterday. He has

not been eating or drinking...
My cat vomited watery stuff several times yesterday. He has not been eating or drinking much if at all today. He is acting lethargic, but does not seem to be in any pain. He is about 1 1/2 years old. Eyes appear normal. We noticed a small irregular lump in the front of the throat. He is not hiding away and seems to jump down from the bed and walk without any balance problems, just slower than normal. Mostly just sits or lays around. We have two other cats (female and both older) and they are not showing any symptoms. The cats are all indoor cats.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Pet Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
6/18/2013
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 20,912
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
Verified
Hello and welcome .

My name is Scott and I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.

Please give me ten minutes or so to think through your particular problem, prepare an answer, and then type things up. I will then get back to you and we can then talk things over ...

Regards,

Scott
Ask Your Own Pet Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

OK. Thanks.

Hello again David and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you, please read it through and see what you think, ... lets get started.

1. This sort of thing is always a gamble so at the end of the day if you want to be 100% certain you are doing the right thing then you should have your vet check your cat over without delay. However until you can get to a vet there are a number of home remedies for vomiting in the cat, these work well for uncomplicated cases where your cat is still fairly bright and not showing any other major adverse symptoms as in your case.

Vomiting like this can occur where for example a cat has eaten something he should not have out in the yard or a houseplant or toxin in the house, some unaccustomed rich foodstuff could also produce this picture, or perhaps he has contracted a minor tummy bug of some kind. What you describe is unlikely to have been caused by a fur ball.

2. You might want to try and control the situation with diet alone before you try anything else. This is logical and often works, the thinking here is to give Draco's intestinal tract a complete rest and then bring it gradually back to function. I have often advised my clients at my clinic to do the following :

A. Starve him for 24 hours but make sure he has access to water.

B. The next day feed him four or five small light meals in the day. These meals should be the likes of chicken, fish, scrambled egg etc.

C. If he starts to picks up on this diet gradually reintroduce his normal diet over the next few days.

4. Live yogurt added to the food can often help. Some gastro-enteritis situations are caused by an imbalance in the bacteria in your cat's gut. Live yogurt is full of " good " bacteria and will seed them into your cat's intestinal tract and restore the balance. You do not need to give much perhaps a teaspoonful twice a day.

Of course if this does not quickly start work or if Draco deteriorates further you should have a vet check him over without delay.

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,


Scott
Ask Your Own Pet Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I have tried feeding him a few things. The only thing he eats is if I put something on his lips (moist stuff from cat food, ice cream), but he won't eat anything else. I wipe water on his lips and he licks it off, but only drank one or two laps from a bowl put right under his mouth and now backs his head away from the water bowl.

Hello again,

Glad to talk thing over with you further ...

This is a frustrating situation for you I know, in young cats like Draco what you are seeing is not uncommon and usually the result of something they have eaten and in many cases it will resolve on it's own or with some minor intervention.

But ... you can never really be certain so if he does not pick up fairly soon you should get your vet involved. Better safe than sorry ...

Sorry I cannot safely offer anything more constructive ...

Regards,

Scott
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 20,912
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
Verified
Dr Scott Nimmo and 87 other Pet Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Hi David,

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

Vet Answers Vet
Ask Your Own Pet Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago


He's still sick. He's not eating and is spending most of his time lying around. I think we need to take him to the vet tomorrow.

Hello again David,

Thanks very much for the update, sorry Draco is no better.

The sooner he is seen by a vet the better ...

Regards,

Scott
Ask Your Own Pet Question
Ask Dr Scott Nimmo Your Own Question
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 20,912
20,912 Satisfied Customers
Experience: BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr Scott Nimmo is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there.

Alice H.Jacksonville, Fl.

You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets!

LinhCharleston, WV

$1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15

CarolCedar Hill, MO

I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all!

JudyNew Haven, CT

I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers.

NinaUSA

I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!!

Jasmine's MomUSA

Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there!

Sonya GEasley, SC

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

550 satisfied customers

2003 Graduate

Joan

Joan

Vet Technician

2,957 satisfied customers

Vet Tech for 35+yrs. Small Animals and Fish

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Veterinarian

342 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

184 satisfied customers

15 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine

Anna

Anna

Pet Expert/Biologist

3,458 satisfied customers

40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.

Theresa

Theresa

Voice for your pet

1,133 satisfied customers

Veterinary Technician for 15 years

Cheryl K.

Cheryl K.

shelter volunteer

836 satisfied customers

14+ years of shelter work/ vaccinations/ disease/ illness/ injury/ medical care

< Previous | Next >

Related Pet Questions
Siberian hamster. Looks like she was in hibernation? (Don't
Siberian hamster. Looks like she was in hibernation? (Don't know how long). We're warming her up and she's making sort of choking noises. Eyes open. Still breathing. She's just over a year old. She's … read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
46 satisfied customers
I have a 5 year old ferret that had a mass around the bena
Hello Pearl, I have a 5 year old ferret that had a mass around the bena cava. Probably adreanal gland. Had it remaoved, though surgery. He seemed to be recovering ok and then 3 days into recovery stop… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,588 satisfied customers
She may have taken a 40 mg fluoxetine. II gave it to my 70
She may have taken a 40 mg fluoxetine. II gave it to my 70 lb lab but when I turned arok … read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
546 satisfied customers
I have a black lab that has torn acl in both her legs. is
I have a black lab that has torn acl in both her legs. is there a vet that can do the operation at a reasonable price … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,588 satisfied customers
I have a black moor fish that is no longer able to swim he
I have a black moor fish that is no longer able to swim he is now upside down at the bottom of the tank he eats and moves around but spends all day belly up what can I do to help him … read more
Joan
Joan
Vet Technician
Private
2,957 satisfied customers
I believe one of my mollies has dropsy. She has a huge
I believe one of my mollies has dropsy. She has a huge belly, her scales stick out and I think she is breathing hard. I've added 1/8 tsp for each 5 gal of epsom salts to the 10 gal isolation tank. The… read more
Anna
Anna
Pet Expert/Biologist
Bachelor's Degree
3,458 satisfied customers
She's not pooping like normal. A teddy bear hamster. Estelle
her nose isnt pink like normal looks like something black stuck on her nose. black on neck too… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,588 satisfied customers
My daughters rabbit is around 10 years old. He is acting
My daughters rabbit is around 10 years old. He is acting strange … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,588 satisfied customers
It's a bearded dragon and she isn't eating and she looks
It's a bearded dragon and she isn't eating and she looks unhealthy. I make sure she always has food and water. The enclosure has sand in it and about a month ago it got sand in its eye. So I rinsed it… read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
546 satisfied customers
Tammy My daughter would like her Frenchie to experience a
Hi Tammy My daughter would like her Frenchie to experience a litter before having her done, what is the best age for her to do this.… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
184 satisfied customers
Three of our chickens have eye problems. The first one lost
Three of our chickens have eye problems. The first one lost its eyeball and the socket was filled with pus. We have been treating it for about 10 days now with antibiotics and flushing the eye. It is … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My guinea pig is very lethargic and has a watery eye. About
My guinea pig is very lethargic and has a watery eye. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,588 satisfied customers
I noticed you answered a question about a raccoon on here
I noticed you answered a question about a raccoon on here and was wondering if you are familiar with them. My aunt has a raccoon that she has had for eight years and she used to have a vet who would t… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,588 satisfied customers
When i moved my guinea pigs' cage today I noticed a
Hi, when i moved my guinea pigs' cage today I noticed a significant patch of for was missing on her back, after a little more thorough checking i found a fresh red wound about 1 cm in diameter beside … read more
Joan
Joan
Vet Technician
Private
2,957 satisfied customers
Have three whites tree frogs. needed to update their cage
have three whites tree frogs. needed to update their cage which removed a hiding spot they liked. since i moved that i cannot get them to eat. this sunday it will be two weeks since they have eaten. a… read more
Heath Wilkerson
Heath Wilkerson
ER/ICU & Exotic Animal Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
46 satisfied customers
I'm starting to get a little worried about my bearded
Hello. I'm starting to get a little worried about my bearded dragon. His face and neck area are starting to turn I lighter white/yellow looking color. … read more
Joan
Joan
Vet Technician
Private
2,957 satisfied customers
Sorry. Back about my tortoise bullet. About 6 months old and
Sorry. Back about my tortoise bullet. About 6 months old and soft shell sluggish and right eye wont open. Got disconnected before… read more
Joan
Joan
Vet Technician
Private
2,957 satisfied customers
My dog ate some Prevacid. I'm not sure how much but it was
My dog ate some Prevacid. I'm not sure how much but it was awhile ago. She's since thrown up twice. … read more
Dr. Denise
Dr. Denise
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
346 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x