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Cat vomiting and not eating.

Species: Cat
Breed: Siamese
Age: 1-2 years
Hi Dr. Marie...I wonder if you could help me figure out if my cat is really sick. He vomits about 4 times per day but he is still pretty active. Should I be concerned?







Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Shelly! I just have a few questions for you before I answer:

-Is Sam still eating well?
-How long has he been vomiting for?
-Does he go outside?

Thanks!
Dr. Marie.



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Customer reply:

Sam hasn't eaten for about 3 days now. He is an indoor cat.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

OK, thanks for that info.

I do get quite concerned when a cat doesn't want to eat. If cats stop eating there is usually a reason for it.

Now, usually when a cat is off their food they are lethargic. When I see a young cat who is not eating and is vomiting I often worry about a foreign object in his stomach.

Other things that can make a cat vomit include a change in food (but this should only cause very temporary stomach upset), infection (but this should cause lethargy), pancreatitis (again, should be lethargic) and other things.

Some cats do benefit from pepcid. You can go to this site to get info on how much to give:

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx

However, if there is a stomach obstruction the sooner we get it dealt with the better. I would advise a vet visit today if possible. Your vet will do a good thorough exam and likely some xrays. If this object is still in the stomach then your cat has a much better chance of coming through surgery easily.

I hope he is ok!

Dr. Marie.



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