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Courtney Conaway | 2 years ago
Hi Pawbly ? I’ve Written In Before About My 2 Year Old Fully Indoor Cat…

Hi Pawbly ? I’ve written in before about my 2 year old fully indoor cat Pippin who is a chronic vomiter. He throws up 1-3 times a day, and it’s always undigested hard food with some liquid. He doesn’t throw up immediately after eating, usually a few hours later. Sometimes he heaves for a minute or so without throwing up, and it’s pretty scary as it seems like he’s choking.

Since I’ve last written in, Ive tried hairball gel for weeks to no relief, and had a very expensive ultrasound done on him to see if there was some sort of mass that was causing him to throw up, the vet said that all came back 100% clear, and suggested I do a biopsy of his stomach tissue (which I’m not sure I’ll do as it seems really extreme) or try switching the protein in his food.

We switched from his normal Limited Ingredient Diet Natural Balance green pea & salmon to LID green pea & venison, and he still threw up. We then switched from venison to LID green pea & duck, and he still threw up. These trial and errors are a bit stressful, as I have 2 other cats that are “free-fed” from the same bowls, so when he switches, everyone switches.

He does share one can of Natural Balance seafood wet food with the other two cats every morning as a treat. I tried taking this away for a week and it seemed like he threw up less, but still threw up every other day or so.

My question is- can I stop searching for an answer? Do I just have a cat that throws up? Should I switch to a completely different brand of cat food and see if that helps? All 3 cats love the Natural balance food, so I hate to switch for no reason, but of course would do so if it would help his tummy.

Thanks for your help!

Courtney

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, What an interesting question. My gut says that you shouldn’t ignore a problem, but I also think that you should still try to find an answer. Chronic vomiting isn’t good for anyone. I would keep talking to your vet about possible treatment options. Like diet. Keep trying options. I tend to go for exclusive gastrointestinal friendly options watered down and gi protectants like famotide/ranantidine/ etc and even gi motility agents like cerenia and metoclopramide. My point is to keep trying and not give up. I am worried about esophogeal ulceration long term and worsening of the condition leading to… Read more »

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Courtney Conaway | 2 years ago
Frequent Flyer Here, Back With Another Question! All 3 Of My Cats Have A Current…

Frequent flyer here, back with another question! All 3 of my cats have a current issue- Milo, who you gave advice on before with his chronic rhinitis/sinusitis which we have mostly under control with nebulizing Gentamycin and saline. Lily, who I asked about recently, was diagnosed with a heart murmur who has further testing on March 18th.

But my question today is about my youngest cat Pippin, who will be 2 years old this month. Pippin has always been a piggy, and eats his food very fast. He throws up every other day or every 3 days, and it is full pieces of food mixed with some liquid, as if this food never made its way down. I tried slow feeding bowls for a few months, but when the vomiting continued I switched back to regular bowls as to not disturb the other cats with this new feeding system for no reason.

I took Pippin to the vet and he told me to try hairball gel, which Pippin luckily loved and gobbled down for a few weeks, but the vomiting continued. The vet then suggested bloodwork, which I just got the results of today. I was told that his white blood cell count was high, specifically lymphocites and the vet suggested that we do further blood work then would include feline aids and leukemia as the initial blood work did not test for those. He stated that we may also want to consider an ultrasound.

Many in my life tell me that I get “taken for a ride” by vets because they know ill fork over whatever money it takes to keep my pets healthy. I wondered what your advice would be about this situation or what steps you might be taking if you were seeing Pippin, as I trust your morals and standards more than any vet (if only you weren’t so far from me)

Thank you so much for any insight you might have.

Courtney & Pippin

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Robert Biser
2 years ago

Hi, I have the same condition with one of my trapped, resued TNR cats on my farm. He is the sweetest thing (aren’t they all ). I solved the problem with him. In his case, he started out like all the rest “gobble hounds” (sorry I didn’t mean to insult the cat by calling him a hound), I figured two things were causing this. He usually only did this while eating wet foods, and it was a “semi pate type with chicken chunks” of wet food while eating to fast. Two I was giving him too much food to look… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello!! Welcome back! As the mom of a full fledged bulimic cat (jitterbug) I will tell you that this happens almost daily. He is a pig! He eats a huge volume and then within 10-15 minutes he vomits it up. It always looks like food. And he has never lost weight or had any other issues. He does this because he prefers to be an outside cat who only comes in to eat and indulge. I have done full works ups. And I check decals often but in general my advice is to 1. Monitor weight. 2. Make sure the… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

I would think that further tests will help rule out possible causes, conditions, etc. And the ultrasound is probably being recommended to see if there is some sort of obstruction along the way that might be causing the vomiting, or to see if there is a mass of some sort that would need to be dealt with. I cannot speak for you, but I trust my vet and the team completely and when they recommend a test, it gets done. If you are unsure, you could ,always take your cat to get a second opinion. I will say, that I… Read more »

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Courtney Conaway | 2 years ago
I Took My 3 Year Old Cat Lily To The Vet Today For A Yearly…

I took my 3 year old cat Lily to the vet today for a yearly checkup/shots and was told that she had a heart murmur and that I was being referred to a cardiologist. The cardiology specialist just called and quoted the tests at $600-$900. Lily is an extremely healthy cat who has never had any other issues besides a URI as a kitten. I’m reading online that the heart murmur could have simply been her being stressed at her appointment. Is it worth it to go through with these tests at the risk that it could be something more serious?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, What a great question! I think that my “common sense” approach to the real life cases that I see are usually followed like this; If I hear a murmur on the first exam I make a note in the medical record as to intensity and character and discuss the findings with my client. I then schedule a recheck. Sometimes in a few weeks, others in a few months. I also discuss bloodwork, diet and X-ray to check heart size. I also always mention a cardiac referral. It is the best way to accurately diagnose the condition. In most cases… Read more »

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Courtney Conaway | 3 years ago
I Have A 2 Yr 8 Mo Old Cat Milo Who I Am Desperate To…

I have a 2 yr 8 mo old cat Milo who I am desperate to find relief for. He has been sick since I adopted him at 4 months. I was told right away by the shelter vet that he had feline herpes, and that he would always be sick, but that we could treat the symptoms. Over the next 2 years, we have found ourselves at every vet in the area, seeking out treatment options for Milo, and have also had emergency visits on 5 different occasions when Milo got to the point that he could barely breathe. Milo means more to me than anything in the world, and I have promised him that I will never stop searching and fighting for an answer to help him feel better.

Milo is getting worse as he gets older. At this point, his breathing is audible 24/7 (snoring/snorting noises with every breath) regardless of what antibiotic he’s on. He sneezes dramatically (sometimes 10 times in a row) to the point that there is snot on many of the walls/windows. He makes choking noises/coughing as if there is congestion stuck in his throat that he is trying to get out. There are times at night when I am woken by his breathing because it gets so loud. He occasionally is struggling so much with congestion that he will find a quiet place to sit and close his eyes while he mouth-breathes.

At some vet visits, he ironically ends up breathing/feeling a bit better when we get there and they’ll tell me “this is a healthy cat!” and I go home only for his symptoms to return.

However, at other visits over the years Milo has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis, viral URI infection, bacterial infections, etc. We’ve tried Benadryl, terramycin, doxycycline, L-Lysine, Famciclovir, prednisolone, azithromycin, little remedies nasal saline and nebulizing sterile saline. The next step is nebulization of Gentamycin (which I called every pharmacy in the area trying to find and ended up having to order from a specialty pharmacy.) It won’t be in until the middle of next week, and it breaks my heart to watch Milo struggle as we wait for yet another antibiotic that might not work.

Recently we found a vet who suggested they thought Milo has nasal polyps, but said that I would need to see a specialist to find out for sure. At this recommendation, I immediately made Milo an appointment 45 minutes away (and over a month wait). When we finally got in, the specialist told me that it was very unlikely that Milo had nasal polyps, as they are not common in younger cats. They offered to do some preliminary testing to rule out other illnesses first. They did bloodwork and xrays (which cost $900) and found that Milo was positive for Bordatella and Mycoplasma infections. The herpes test came back negative, but they told me that it often comes back with a false negative when the infection is chronic. They put him on an azithromycin paste which didn’t help whatsoever, and then suggested the gentamycin nebulization. They said that if Milo isn’t showing improvement after a week of the nebulized antibiotic, that we could consider a rhinoscopy and a CT scan to check for other underlying problems (such as polyps) which would run around $2600 total.

I should note that all of this is cost-prohibitive for me, but as I’m sure you can tell, I would spend every dime I had if it made Milo better. Any suggestions or recommendations that you have for us are GREATLY appreciated as I feel like we are nearing a dead end. We are 4 hours from your office but id be more than willing to come out there for your help.

Thank you in advance,
Courtney & Milo

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry this has been such a difficult road for you. Here are a few suggestions; 1. Has he been tested for felv/fiv? 2. Has anyone looked for a polyp? In my experience they are more common in young shelter cats than older cats. 3. Has anyone discussed rhinoscopy? That would be my first places to start. Some cats absolutely have chronic herpes with chronic sinusitis. They are chronically snotty cats. I have one who is 7 now. She has and always will be throwing snot on my walls. It is who she is. We live with it. As… Read more »

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