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Old 11-21-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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ok... I am going to throw this out there and see if I can get any answers because I am fresh out of ideas at this point....

4 days ago my friend dropped her dog off at my house while she went to class. The dog was at my house for 3 to 4 hours max. It had been throwing up and not keeping anything down and she did not want him to be alone. Before she left for class I cooked some rice like she asked me to so we could see if the dog would keep that down. Well the dog didnt and vomited twice before leaving my house. I was promt in cleaning it up and the cat had no interaction with the dog. OK... now 24hours later my cat wakes up at 3am 3 days ago and vomits... I thought it was nothing, just normal stuff. Then he tried to eat that day... more vomit. So I looked up some info and took food away for 24 hours to see if that would help and went and got bland food for him... i.e. soft organic cat food and these organic treats... (expensive...blah) I tried that... vomiting proceeded that. Ok... waited till the next day, which was yesterday and took him to vet. Now mind you he has not been lethargic, seems hungry, wants to eat, is keeping water down but now vomiting bile...not just foam anymore. $380 later Vet says blood panel is normal, x-ray normal, a few WBC's in his urine indicating a minor UTI infection buuuut should not cause vomiting. I kept him NPO- (nothing by mouth) for last night and today. I talked to the Vet he said try chicken breast and rice.... (riiiiiiight) but I did.... he's hungry..he ate it... it came right back up. I am supposed to go to Vet on Monday and get med's for UTI (urinary tract infection) and if he is still vomiting then he said we can try this shot that stops vomiting. NOW..... my friends dog went through the same series of tests.... they are thinking Inflammatory Bowel Disease for him. Soooo if its not parasites or flu or blah or blad.... what is it... and how can I stop it..... and has anyone else had this problem.... any ideas? I'm worried but still have hope. If anyone can help please do.... Thank you.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Is there a reason he didn't give the shot for the vomiting today? I can't see the point in making your kitty suffer any longer. The other thing I would question is keeping the food away 24 hours. It can get very serious when a cat is not eating. They usually only make them fast 12 hours before surgery. I'll give you my honest opinion...I would get a second opinion. I lost a cat last month because the vet didn't read the blood panels correctly. The second vet caught it right away but it was too late by then. I don't want to scare you...I just hate the thought of it happening to some one else.

In the mean time, I would get some baby food, all meat, no seasonings and see if your kitty can keep that down till you see a vet again. For some reason, cats usually enjoy baby food and it is easier for them to digest. Also, monitor your cat's water intake, make sure he's getting enough. They can dehydrate quickly. Good luck and please keep us updated.

I almost forgot...how old is your cat?

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Old 11-21-2009, 10:40 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Forrest is 10 this year. And the Vet seems really on it and checked everything. I don't know. he is keeping down water and is drinking. The Vet gave him IV fluids yesterday so I guess he will be okay until monday. Everyone is pretty much closed. I know that Forrest has nausea cause he was smelling my toast with butter, licked a little butter and vomited bile. Its so weird. He is an inside kitty and sometimes we walk outside. I saw a flea today so going to get topical med tomorrow. He has licked the hair off the base of his tail by his bottom on the inside... I have nidea what that is about. I am so stumped and worried. I have been with him since he was born so you probably already know how stressed I am. 4 days and counting.... OH! he is a bit over weight too... :/ Did your cat have vomiting too? What was the diagnosis that he missed?

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Old 11-21-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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While viruses can't cross species, bacteria can. It is just possible that the dog gave him something.

That said, I had a cat who vomited bile; she was finally diagnosed with IBS. She got a steroid shot every 2 months or so and was fine for several yrs until she died from it. I had a necropsy done to make sure.

I have another cat w/some kind of auto-immune disorder. When it's bad, she licks the underside of her tail and around her anus just raw. She also gets a steroid shot every 6 wks or so and it keeps it under control. She gets rodent ulcers if she doesn't get her shot. She also scratches her face raw when it's bad.

Hope your baby just has a tummy upset. Sending you healing thoughts ........
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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Forrest is 10 this year. And the Vet seems really on it and checked everything. I don't know. he is keeping down water and is drinking. The Vet gave him IV fluids yesterday so I guess he will be okay until monday. Everyone is pretty much closed. I know that Forrest has nausea cause he was smelling my toast with butter, licked a little butter and vomited bile. Its so weird. He is an inside kitty and sometimes we walk outside. I saw a flea today so going to get topical med tomorrow. He has licked the hair off the base of his tail by his bottom on the inside... I have nidea what that is about. I am so stumped and worried. I have been with him since he was born so you probably already know how stressed I am. 4 days and counting.... OH! he is a bit over weight too... :/ Did your cat have vomiting too? What was the diagnosis that he missed?
Yes Gizmo was vomiting every day, couldn't keep any thing down. It started out as hair balls and progressed to slighlty digested food and then to bile. The first vet did a full work up on his blood and said he couldn't find any thing except that his T4 levels were elevated and he said it was Gizmo's thyroid. Well Gizmo had the radiation treatment for his thyroid problem 5 years ago so I didn't believe that was the problem. After taking all the prescribed meds for a month, he still wasn't getting better. The first vet wanted me to come back to have more blood taken but there was no way I was taking him back there. It took them over an hour to get blood from him and they told me they had to call in a specialist to get the blood. After listening to Gizmo scream in pain from their attempts to get blood, I told my husband there is no way these people are getting their hands on him again. We see the second vet and she believe's it's a gum infection and I know that was correct. She has me sign a release to get his blood work the first vet so she can read it. She said she'd call if any thing shows up and we start a new treatment.

I don't hear from her and think every thing is under control at this point. I see a little improvement and think it's ok at this point. The next month I go pick up his meds for the next treatment and the receptionist says the first vet still hasn't faxed Gizmo's file to them. I call first vet and they said they would send it right over. I call second vet 6 hours later...still no records/file for Gizmo. I call first vet back and they tell me they faxed it at 10am...busted...I called them at noon so now I know they're lying. I had to wait a couple of days longer because the second vet is on vacation but Gizmo got worse. We take him to see another vet at that office and had to have him euthanized right then. The vet said he didn't understand how they could have misread the results, plus they never checked his thyroid! Another lie. In the end, there was something wrong with his liver and kidneys. Nothing wrong with his thyroid. I don't know exactly what it was because I was hysterical at this point and can't remember what the vet said. Here is the time line...1st vet Aug. 11...2nd vet Sept 4 and Oct. 9. He started vomiting in July. I should have taken him in then but it was only hair balls at that point and I knew he was grieving for Titi who died in June so I got stuff to treat the hair balls.

I'm sorry this is so long but I wanted to give you a better understanding and why I think he needs a second opinion. Even if you can just find another vet to look at all his test results if you don't want to take him to another vet. I learned a very hard lesson this year. I lost 2 cats in 4 months due to vet errors.

I'm glad to hear he's drinking and keeping that down. I would try some baby food to give him some nourishment. Check around your place and see if there's something he could have gotten into and ingested. I hope he feels better soon.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:10 PM
 
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It certainly sounds like there is a connection between the dog's malady and the cat's, since they were in proximity and had the same symptoms. I wish I could be more helpful. Best of luck with the poor kitty.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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While viruses can't cross species, bacteria can. It is just possible that the dog gave him something.
Maybe it is a bacterial infection. In that case, a course of antibiotics might be in order. When you took your cat to the vet did you mention the dog situation? If not please do.

Also, if I were you, I would hold off on the flea treatment until kitty gets well or at least ask the vet for their opinion. Also, please do mention the flea problem to your vet irregardless of if you deflea or not.

My cat was/is having regurgitation issues that are related to a stricture. Folks please beware of pilling your cat to make sure the pill goes down even if it is followed by water. If you can, stay away for doxycycline, it was how the stricture problem began with my cat and has caused issues in dogs as well. I am still working with my vet to get the stricture issue under control. When Svartee couldn't keep food down, I gave her Catsip - it's milk without the lactose. This was my way of getting some calories in her.

How many days has it been since she has actually taken in calories? Please mention this to the vet because you do not want her to develop a fatty liver because of malnutrition.

Good luck!!
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Check to see if your cat is moving his bowels. Last year one of my cats kept vomiting. She was hungry and wanted to eat but it would come back up. I brought her to the vet and they told me that her digestive system stopped functioning. They euthanized her immediately because she was in so much pain. She couldn't relieve herself at all, the poor thing.
I have another cat that was vomiting more than the usual hairball vomit. I took him to the vet and they took an xray. The vet didn't have to take a blood sample because I had just been there about a month before to have a complete checkup. The vet said my cat must have a tumor in his stomach because she couldn't hear his heartbeat on one side of his body. She gave me some medicine to give him so he would stop vomiting. I just brought him back to the vet because he has a problem with his eye. Since his last visit he has gained a pound and hasn't needed any medicine. He's been holding down his food. I didn't have much hope for him because he is almost 15 years old but so far he's doing okay. The name of the medicine the vet gave me to stop his vomiting is Metoclopramide. Ask your vet for a prescription. Good luck to both of you.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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I forgot one thing......purchase Nutrical. It is a vitamin supplement and that comes in a tube. It costs about 10 dollars. It is supposed to help them get their appetite back. I also have been reading about animals getting the H1N1 virus.
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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ok so Forrest HAS licked his tail raw just by his anus too. Him being a white kitty he has always had some boogers in his eyes and nose since he was a baby and sometimes, like now has scratched underneath his chin raw. And I tried baby food last night, he kept it down for a bit and then threw it up couple hours later. Then this morning... he kept that down, gave him just a tiny bit more this afternoon and that came up. Now my friends dog, the one that came over here, is on steroids for IBD now and finishing up flagyl and on some anacids. She called me this morning and said that he has not pooped all weekend and that he did eat and kept it down for 4 days but threw up early this am. Soooo she is taking him back. I asked the vat about H1N1... he said if it does present in dogs or cats it is mostly respitory... not vomit. Then I asked about bacteria and he said the pee and blood work would show that. AND it did not. Soooo I called the vet about an hour ago he would like for me to come in. So I am going to but printing out all of this so I can mention some of the things you guys have said. The auto-immune is ringing a bell with me. It might be that.... I don't know but I will keep updating. Thank you guys soooooo much. Please comment if you have anymore info. OH--- he is pooping and peeing, looks normal. Also the dog that he was in contact with had every last thing checked and no parasites or bacteria, nothin... I have no idea... Anyway going in at 3:30 San Diego time so I will update tonite....

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