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my poor kitty :( advice wanted please!
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10 Jan 2013, 20:50
fifty shades.
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I've had my youngest cat since he was 12 weeks old. When I got him, he was a shelter kitten and his shots were all up to date. I've never had a problem with him throwing up until now. [TMI] his vomit is light brown liquid with no solid objects in it. [TMI END]. He's been doing it often. My mom said she thinks I should go to the pet store and get him worm medicine, but I haven't seen anything near his butt area or in the litter box. He's been drinking and eating on the same pace and amount as before this started. I know a lot of you will say "call your vet", but I wanted to get some other opinions first. We are going to keep an eye on his through the weekend and if it doesn't get better, then we will make an appointment with the vet.
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10 Jan 2013, 23:24
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Call your vet! lol.

I think a vet would have a better idea of what's wrong than a bunch of people on an online diary site. xD
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10 Jan 2013, 23:46
*amour de bebe*
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It can't hurt to worm your kitty. Is there any fur in his vomit?
I hate to say it but.. call your vet.
Hope kitty is better soon.
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11 Jan 2013, 00:46
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When my 17-year-old cat began puking up bile (clearish brown) every few days, it turned out to be her kidneys. Definitely get it looked at if it happens again this week.
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11 Jan 2013, 03:21
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How old is your cat now? When's the last time he's had his shots? Has he been outside? Is the bile "frothy" when he vomits? Is he vomiting before or after he eats? What type of cat food are you feeding him? Do you feed him at a set time or keep his food bowl full?
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11 Jan 2013, 06:03
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Yeah that sounds like bile, and that's not very good. ALL of what mnemosyne said, and seriously dude call your vet. It's just smarter to get an opinion/possible diagnosis from someone who's got extensive training with this, than a bunch of strangers. I hope your cat gets better, though, for real. That's shitty :C
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11 Jan 2013, 11:01
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Why are you waiting until you cat has been ill for a further three days before taking it to the vet, thats just cruel.
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11 Jan 2013, 11:25
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I hope your kitty is ok! I wish I could offer some helpful advice but I'm not really sure what it could be. I'm such a cat lover though and I can empathise
with how you must be feeling. Hope that your kitty gets better and it's nothing serious!!

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11 Jan 2013, 14:35
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The reason I asked so many questions is to clarify (not to be snarky ;) ). I work with animals, but I am FAR from an expert. But, guys, sometimes bile is just bile. If the cat is fed at set intervals during the day (as in, you only give him food once in the morning, take the bowl away, and then feed him once at night, taking the bowl away after that) and he vomits before even being fed, the bile is irritating his empty stomach and causing him to vomit it up. To prevent this, you can keep the food dish down all day just as long as your cat isn't the type to empty the food dish in one sitting. But don't overfeed because it leads to chubby kitties. :P

The reason I asked about age and shots and whether he's been outside is to try to eliminate feline panleukopenia (it's sometimes called "feline distemper"). It's a highly, highly contagious disease (and fatal if not caught early enough) that usually only affects young cats if they have not been fully vaccinated against panleukopenia. If you had him at three months and he hadn't had any further shots, I would be worried he hadn't been fully vaccinated against panleukopenia and then exposed to cats who carry it. And, sometimes, vets don't give a rabies shot until about 5 or 6 months and typically that's when they give the final panleukopenia shot or sometimes even afterwards. Of course, everywhere is different with that. I've seen some vets give the whole thing (including a neutering) at three months.

And the reason I asked about food (and age as well) is because it COULD be something to do with his kidneys or liver. And it could be worms, but usually (not always) they lose a lot of weight with worms.

I know it's annoying to hear over and over again, but a vet does go to eight years of college for this thing, so it'd be a very good idea to give them a call. ;) But bile is not definitely ALWAYS a bad sign.
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11 Jan 2013, 20:40
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My cat is 3 years old and is an indoor kitty. I did call the vet and they said to keep an eye on him through the weekend, and if he doesn't stop then bring him in. This morning I woke up and found a HUGE hairball in front of my door. It was disgusting, but he hasn't been sick since! :)
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12 Jan 2013, 11:44
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I thought it sounded like it could've been a hairball. Glad he's ok now :-)
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12 Jan 2013, 12:58
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If you live where I do, taking an animal to the vet on a weekend would be out of the question as none are open here. So, you know..what can you do? Sometimes cats just feel sick, like we do, and it's something that has to pass on it's own.

Sometimes, cats are stupid and eat things they should not, or they ingest too much hair, and it has to come back out...

Our cats used to have issues with hairballs and vomiting, we switched to an 'indoor cat formula' and they rarely get sick, now. Could be coincidence, as I'm not claiming to know for a fact the different formulas are actually different ;) Also, grooming them fairly regularly, brushing their fur has cut back on stray hairs they might have ended up ingesting.
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12 Jan 2013, 23:15
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The vet I go to is open for a couple hours on the weekends, which is sometimes nice.
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15 Jan 2013, 19:46
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A lot of people think wet food is a treat and rarely give it to cats, but a 100% honestly wet food or raw food diet would solve a lot of problems owners see with their cats. Cats are generally not good water drinkers so many owners are suddenly in the vet because their cats are showing serious symptoms of kidney problems.

If it's hair balls, it's important to have higher fiber food and to get into a hair brushing routine.

And for all cat owners with cats who puke, try using a varied diet - don't stick with the same formula, switch protein sources. I realize some cats are incredibly difficult to please, but if they are routinely throwing up and it's not a kidney issue, it's most likely a food allergy or intolerance. Chicken and grains are the most common allergens. Exposing them to a variety helps them build up tolerances and don't get over exposure to a certain protein. Try a grain free salmon or turkey formula. You might also try duck or venison. Paying for higher quality food means paying less vet bills in most cases.
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22 Jan 2013, 16:05
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You shouldn't dont know whats wrong wtih your kitty so its best to get it checked sooner.
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26 Jan 2013, 07:12
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The pet store sell hairball ointment. It's usually in a tube and you give them a dime sized drop they can lick off your finger. Works well with hairballs if your cat is prone to having them.
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28 Jan 2013, 04:01
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IF it does turn out to just be a hairball issue - if you feed your cat dry cat food - add just a tad bit of oil to the food a couple times a week. That will work as well
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