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Old February 16th 06, 04:55 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Hi,

Just getting a bit concerned about my 15 year old "Q". Recently he has been
unable to keep food down, or water. He will eat or drink but then within
about 20 minutes he sicks it back up. He also dry retches periodically and
nothing comes out aside from a bit of hair and bile. He has always had a
dicky stomach and tended to vomit up the first meal after a rest (overnight
sleep) but this is getting scary and he's lost a lot of weight. He has also
become very affectionate.

The vet could not find any sign of a problem (no lumps and normal
temperature etc) and has pumped him with what I assume are anti-biotics and
steroids which seemed to work immediately afterwards as he kept a meal down
but is back to being sick all over the house now.

He is booked in to have some blood taken for a full bloodwork on Friday
morning but I wonder if anyone can give me an idea what the likely problem
could be? Kidneys? Liver? Cancer? Either way I get a feeling in my bones
he's not long for this earth now.

--

Niel H


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Old February 16th 06, 05:00 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"Niel Humphreys"
wrote:

Just getting a bit concerned about my 15 year old "Q". Recently he
has been unable to keep food down, or water. He will eat or drink
but then within about 20 minutes he sicks it back up. He also dry
retches periodically and nothing comes out aside from a bit of
hair and bile. He has always had a dicky stomach and tended to
vomit up the first meal after a rest (overnight sleep) but this is
getting scary and he's lost a lot of weight. He has also become
very affectionate.

The vet could not find any sign of a problem (no lumps and normal
temperature etc) and has pumped him with what I assume are
anti-biotics and steroids which seemed to work immediately
afterwards as he kept a meal down but is back to being sick all
over the house now.


If you have the time, try feeding him a little bit at a time
frequently. Even if you can't do it forever, try it for a few days.
If you do, please report your results.

Good luck.
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Old February 16th 06, 08:31 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Niel Humphreys wrote:

He is booked in to have some blood taken for a full bloodwork on Friday
morning but I wonder if anyone can give me an idea what the likely problem
could be? Kidneys? Liver? Cancer? Either way I get a feeling in my bones
he's not long for this earth now.



I just had Kira in for the same thing. Not as bad, she hasn't lost
weight and was keeping some meals down.

My vet said it was probably hairballs. Older cats have a harder time
passing them, so they need extra lubrication. He recommended we try
hairball stuff before doing further tests. (We did do bloodwork as I
wanted to get the geriatric panel anyway, and everything was fine).

She has puked only twice since last Thursday, so major improvement, and
both of those times had some hair,but not as much as previously. So, it
is helping.

She doesn't like the stuff, so I give her a treat afterward to make it
a better experience.

If you haven't tried it already, I'd give it a try and see if it helps.

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Old February 16th 06, 09:26 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Niel Humphreys wrote:

He is booked in to have some blood taken for a full bloodwork on Friday
morning but I wonder if anyone can give me an idea what the likely
problem
could be? Kidneys? Liver? Cancer? Either way I get a feeling in my bones
he's not long for this earth now.



I just had Kira in for the same thing. Not as bad, she hasn't lost
weight and was keeping some meals down.

My vet said it was probably hairballs. Older cats have a harder time
passing them, so they need extra lubrication. He recommended we try
hairball stuff before doing further tests. (We did do bloodwork as I
wanted to get the geriatric panel anyway, and everything was fine).



Hi,

Thanks for the advice but we've already been there. He's half maine coone
and has always had hairball problems. for the last 2 or 3 years he's been
getting hairball paste on a few treats every other day.
--

Niel H


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Old February 16th 06, 09:30 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"Niel Humphreys"
wrote:

Just getting a bit concerned about my 15 year old "Q". Recently he
has been unable to keep food down, or water. He will eat or drink
but then within about 20 minutes he sicks it back up. He also dry
retches periodically and nothing comes out aside from a bit of
hair and bile. He has always had a dicky stomach and tended to
vomit up the first meal after a rest (overnight sleep) but this is
getting scary and he's lost a lot of weight. He has also become
very affectionate.

The vet could not find any sign of a problem (no lumps and normal
temperature etc) and has pumped him with what I assume are
anti-biotics and steroids which seemed to work immediately
afterwards as he kept a meal down but is back to being sick all
over the house now.


If you have the time, try feeding him a little bit at a time
frequently. Even if you can't do it forever, try it for a few days.
If you do, please report your results.



Thanks, I free feed my 4 cats so there is always food in a bowl for them
(Hills science plan) so he doesn't really like being given food when I want
him to eat. They get a tin of soft in the mornings & I put a little bowl in
front of him where he was sleeping just now. He woke up, turned his nose up,
got up and puked some bile by the door (caught it on a sheet of A3
fortunately).
--

Niel H


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Old February 16th 06, 10:11 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Thanks for the advice but we've already been there. He's half maine coone
and has always had hairball problems. for the last 2 or 3 years he's been
getting hairball paste on a few treats every other day.
--


Hmm. Is there anything different about the vomiting, compared to the
previous hairballs?

Does he have any constipation problems?

What tests has the vet done?

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Old February 16th 06, 10:16 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Thanks, I free feed my 4 cats so there is always food in a bowl for them
(Hills science plan) so he doesn't really like being given food when I want
him to eat. They get a tin of soft in the mornings & I put a little bowl in
front of him where he was sleeping just now. He woke up, turned his nose up,
got up and puked some bile by the door (caught it on a sheet of A3
fortunately).


Could he be having acid reflux?

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Old February 16th 06, 10:19 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Thanks for the advice but we've already been there. He's half maine coone
and has always had hairball problems. for the last 2 or 3 years he's been
getting hairball paste on a few treats every other day.
--


Hmm. Is there anything different about the vomiting, compared to the
previous hairballs?


Nope, just the hair is coming out in little clumps with each vomit instead
of one large one every couple of days. I am wondering if one of these big
hairballs has started to go through the stomach instead of coming back up
and caused a blockage in the intestines or something (gone down too far to
be vomited back up).

Does he have any constipation problems?


Not that I noticed but he goes outside to do that....except for last night
when there was a large log in the place where he does every now and again
poo inside.

What tests has the vet done?



Preliminary at the moment. Temperature, felt around, listened to heart and
breathing, looked down throat. He said that aside from the symptoms I was
describing everything seemed normal. Advised to see if the steroids and
anti-biotics did anything and if not do full bloodwork in case they are
initial symptoms of a bigger problem that isn't yet obvious.
--

Niel H


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Old February 16th 06, 02:18 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Ask your vet about pancreatitis. I just went through this with my
cat--very scary. When he has the bloodwork done, make sure to include
the amalazye and lipase tests too. If they are elevated and the
vomiting continues, this may be a sign of pancreatitis.

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Old February 16th 06, 04:09 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"Rene S." wrote in message
ups.com...
Ask your vet about pancreatitis. I just went through this with my
cat--very scary. When he has the bloodwork done, make sure to include
the amalazye and lipase tests too. If they are elevated and the
vomiting continues, this may be a sign of pancreatitis.



Thanks, will do in the morning. The vet mentioned having the full battery of
tests so I will ask him if these are included.

I gave him a double dose of his furball medicine this morning and he managed
to keep some food down this afternoon and has just eaten again..... fingers
crossed.
--

Niel H


 




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