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Old March 23rd 11, 01:42 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default 16 yr. old cat constantly throwing up

On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:38:00 -0700 (PDT), B
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My cat is 16 yrs. old and for the past several months constantly
throws up. The vet did some blood work and his sugar was a little
high, which she attributed to the stress of the visit. His kidney
function is slowing down a bit and now she wants to take a urine
sample. She has changed his food to a type that can only be bought at
the office and is a gastroenteric formula. The food is not cheap, $34
for a case of canned and $28 for a 6# bag of dry food. I don't know
what to do for him; there are times that he doesn't seem to know where
he is or who I am. Is some of this just part of the "aging process"?
He is an indoor cat, up to date on his shots and has never been sick.
I really don't know what more to do for him. Has anyone else faced
this problem or had a similar situation w/their cat?


Most folks have given good advice so far - avoid dry food.

Nico was my 15 year old cat who started throwing up a lot. It turns
out that it was inflamatory bowel disease. There really isn't a whole
lot do be done with that, even in humans. Prednisone keeps it down,
but long term use of that is very bad. Unlike in humans, IBD in cats
often becomes lymphoma, and that's what happened with Nico.

After he collapsed one day I rushed him to the vet and he sent me to
the vet specialists who kept him alive and diagnosed the IBD. After
four days and around $4000, I picked him up and no animal was ever
more happy to see his slave. He sat on my lap as I drove home.
Unfortunately he had picked up rather severe diarrhea, which made for
a messy trip home.

I gave him prednisone and leukeran for several months. He got better,
but never was his old self. He never climibed the cat tree after his
collapse so I have to assume that he felt too ****ty. He diied after
around six months of that.

I don't know that your cat has IBD, although a CBC should reveal anyf
lymphoma. Hopefully it is something less serious.

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Old March 23rd 11, 11:02 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default 16 yr. old cat constantly throwing up

"jmc" wrote

Stay on canned food. Fancy Feast is actually very good for cats.
High protein and low or no carbs.


Well... some varieties. My understanding is that the quality of Fancy
Feast varies between varieties.


Correct. About 40% of them are grain-free and perfectly fine.

For instance, I remember reading that the grilled versions are not a good
choice, though I can't cite my reference. Meep mostly gets the classics,
usually something with liver or giblets.


I read the cans and get the grain free ones (she has had ear and coat issues
on grain versions, pretty sure it's wheat gluten in her case). Daisy-chan
can handle a few treats with grain (say, 1-2 pounce a day) with no harm, but
not her regular food.

I vary the brands about though as I learned a long time ago, a cat fed the
same thing too long gets turned into a picky eater and i don't mean just the
normal 'I don't like (insert type of meat)' but refuses to eat anything else
even when obviously hungry. Oddly most of my cats have refused 'tuna' but
they generally like anything else though they may have a second item they
didn't like much. (Vamp didn't like shrimp, Roscoe wasn't fond of chicken,
Face wasn't fond of beef and so on).

I vary types of food and brands as well. I don't get wellness. They don';t
have any grain free versions here.

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Old March 25th 11, 12:42 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Temptations for Hairballs and/or Cat Lax will not cause dehydration if
given at the recommended dosage. Diarrhea can cause dehydratiion,
but if you use the products as recommended, you shouldn't have that
problem.

Having a cat that wouldn't eat and kept throwing up and lost 50
percent of his body weight and the vets had no idea what was wrong -
even after going to a specialist some distance away, I tried the hair
ball products and after 13 days of hurling a hairball - that is 13
hairballs people - the cat was fine again. Do you have any idea what
space hairballs consume in a cat? The older they get the less likely
they are to rid them by themselves. The petroleum coats the hairballs
and makes them easier to eliminate by either end.


Please do NOT take to hairball remedy laxitives. *Sure, cats hurl hairballs
at times, but that is a laxitive which makes dehydration worse if your kitty
has kidney issues.


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Old March 25th 11, 01:34 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default 16 yr. old cat constantly throwing up

Buddy's Mom wrote:
Temptations for Hairballs and/or Cat Lax will not cause dehydration if
given at the recommended dosage. Diarrhea can cause dehydratiion,
but if you use the products as recommended, you shouldn't have that
problem.

Having a cat that wouldn't eat and kept throwing up and lost 50
percent of his body weight and the vets had no idea what was wrong -
even after going to a specialist some distance away, I tried the hair
ball products and after 13 days of hurling a hairball - that is 13
hairballs people - the cat was fine again. Do you have any idea what
space hairballs consume in a cat? The older they get the less likely
they are to rid them by themselves. The petroleum coats the hairballs
and makes them easier to eliminate by either end.


Please do NOT take to hairball remedy laxitives. Sure, cats hurl
hairballs at times, but that is a laxitive which makes dehydration
worse if your kitty has kidney issues.


Our Meggie, (about 10 years old) had a huge growth in her abdomen, qnd
stopped eating. the vet operated on her, and found the "growth" was inside
her stomach. They opened up her stomach, and there was a huge hairball. They
removed it, and Meggie is fine. That was a couple of years ago. Total cost:
a little over $800.

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Old March 27th 11, 03:42 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"cshenk" wrote in message
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"jmc" wrote

Stay on canned food. Fancy Feast is actually very good for cats.
High protein and low or no carbs.


Well... some varieties. My understanding is that the quality of Fancy
Feast varies between varieties.


Correct. About 40% of them are grain-free and perfectly fine.


Do you have a list of which ones these are?


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Old March 27th 11, 04:51 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"Nitesbane" wrote
"cshenk" wrote
"jmc" wrote


Stay on canned food. Fancy Feast is actually very good for cats.
High protein and low or no carbs.


Well... some varieties. My understanding is that the quality of Fancy
Feast varies between varieties.


Correct. About 40% of them are grain-free and perfectly fine.


Do you have a list of which ones these are?


No sorry, I just read the labels. I know if I randomly select 10 versions
out of their 30 or so, 4 will be grain-free. It may be higher because
Daisy-chan will not touch tuna so I don't bother to check ones with tuna
obvious on the label.

What I have now (not all is fancy feast but this is the fancy feast onhand
list) is "Cod, Sole, and Shrimp Feast classic", "Tender Beef and Liver
Feast, Classic", "Tender Liver and Chicken Feast classic'. Don't let the
'classic' on all 3 lead you astray, that's just what was on sale for 55cents
a can that day. I got a box of each (24 per box) with a bunch of 1$ off per
box coupons inside them.

I just grab a can, take my glasses off (the print is pretty small) and look
for: Wheat gluten, vital wheat gluten, gluten, soy or soy by-products, corn
or corn by-products, corn starch and skip those cans.

With cats, you see mostly the wheat gluten (especially on beef ones with
'gravy' made to look tastey to us '2foots' but cats don't care about that).

Dry food, I use a little kibble because she likes it as a treat. There, you
have really GOT to check labels. Some of the most expensive 'promises to be
perfect' foods are worse than alley cat. I allow only 'Blue Wilderness' and
a local brand that is of same level grain free quality.

I have the wonderful luck to have a cat and 2 dogs, all with grain allergies
so my idea of a good food is a grain-free one.

With dog food cans you have to check for all 3 (wheat, corn and soy). I've
not seen soy in a canned cat food that I can recall but i probably put it
back so fast I never looked at the brand again.

In general, it is *much* more problematic to get quality dry items at a
decent price that are grain free for cats and dogs. The only 'dry treats'
Daisy-chan can get, are from the doggie isle. Dried duck, chicken, or beef
and sometimes you see salmon. These are sold as pet jerky and we snap off
little bits as treats for them all.

The last time they had a friskies canned sale, I didn't find any that suited
us but i seem to recall they have a few that are decently grain free.
Wellness also per the web site has some that are grain free but are not sold
in my area.

Common grain allergy symptoms in cats: Ear infections, over grooming
especially of the belly (may lick bare patches). Advanced cases, raw patches
and severe skin issues. Scratches self alot.

Common grain allergy symptoms in dogs: Ear Infections, chewing on toes and
belly or legs, bare patches. Advanced cases, may knaw holes in skin
creating lesions and other severe skin issues. Lots of self scratching.

Both tend to be mis-diagnosed as ear mites and flea allergies (even when
they have no fleas or ear mites). You can spend a bundle at the vets or you
can just test grain free only foods for a few weeks and watch it go away
(but you'll still have to treat the ear infection caused by the grains
untikl it goes away).


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Old March 28th 11, 06:37 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default 16 yr. old cat constantly throwing up

On Mar 21, 10:38*am, B wrote:
My cat is 16 yrs. old and for the past several months constantly
throws up. *The vet did some blood work and his sugar was a little
high, which she attributed to the stress of the visit. *His kidney
function is slowing down a bit and now she wants to take a urine
sample. *She has changed his food to a type that can only be bought at
the office and is a gastroenteric formula. *The food is not cheap, $34
for a case of canned and $28 for a 6# bag of dry food. *I don't know
what to do for him; there are times that he doesn't seem to know where
he is or who I am. *Is some of this just part of the "aging process"?
He is an indoor cat, up to date on his shots and has never been sick.
I really don't know what more to do for him. *Has anyone else faced
this problem or had a similar situation w/their cat?


Quite feeding him milk, ASSHOLE.
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Old April 13th 11, 03:17 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Default 16 yr. old cat constantly throwing up

On Mar 21, 10:38*am, B wrote:
My cat is 16 yrs. old and for the past several months constantly
throws up. *The vet did some blood work and his sugar was a little
high, which she attributed to the stress of the visit. *His kidney
function is slowing down a bit and now she wants to take a urine
sample. *She has changed his food to a type that can only be bought at
the office and is a gastroenteric formula. *The food is not cheap, $34
for a case of canned and $28 for a 6# bag of dry food. *I don't know
what to do for him; there are times that he doesn't seem to know where
he is or who I am. *Is some of this just part of the "aging process"?
He is an indoor cat, up to date on his shots and has never been sick.
I really don't know what more to do for him. *Has anyone else faced
this problem or had a similar situation w/their cat?


I swear my bros dog had acid problems fixed with an acid reducer pill.

I am Leary of vet food. Vet suggested food for our bird. Bird would
not touch it.
Smelled like cardboard and I tasted it, cardboard.

Greg
 




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