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post #1 of 8 Old 08-26-2013, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Cat Troubles

So I'm at my wits end with my one cat, Ky (it's always the one you're closest to that gives you the most trouble). A couple of weeks ago I noticed we were starting to get low on cat food so I picked up a bag of the same brand, different flavor cat food that we usually feed to our cats. About 2 weeks ago their food ran out so we just switched them over to the new stuff. Suddenly I began to notice that Ky was throwing up his food (the other cat was fine). At first I assumed it was because of the rapid food change and the introduction of a new ingredient - beef. I quickly ran out and purchased a bag of the same stuff they had previously been on.

In the past, I noticed that Ky would sometimes scarf down his food quickly in order to be let upstairs. I thought that perhaps separating him from the other cat for awhile during feeding time and feeding him upstairs from a flat dish might help. The throwing up chunks of cat food seemed to cease there for a little while but his stomach still seemed to be irritated as he would still occasionally throw up bile. For about a week he would eat (though not as much), keep the food down, and still occasionally throw up bile. During this time I noticed that he still appeared to be using the litter box too.

Now the beginning of the weekend here I noticed that he was showing no interest in food and that when he would drink water, he would throw it back up in the form of bile (usually an indication of an empty stomach). I kept a close eye on him out of fear of dehydration. It's at the point now were he has absolutely no interest in food at all and I've tried practically everything; wet cat food, cat treats, chicken, raw egg, scrambled egg, mild mint tea (to ease the stomach), even steak (which he licked and I was hopeful, but did not eat). So far he still seems to have some energy and acts somewhat himself, yet he's turning up his nose at any food presented to him and he does seem a bit agitated. Something just doesn't seem right.

I can't decide if it's still just an upset, sensitive stomach or if something more serious is wrong (such as a blockage, U.I., tumor, etc). I have not noticed him using the litter box much, if at all, recently either. I do have a vet appointment scheduled for him tomorrow as that is the earliest they could get us in. Any ideas, suggestions, thoughts, or comments?

Here's a picture of the fella about 2 weeks ago when this first started and when I thought he was 'in the clear' and bouncing back.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-26-2013, 11:06 AM
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You don't mention him having kitty grass. Very important part of a cat's diet. And no, the food that claims to take care of it doesn't, IME.
Get some ready to eat kitty grass and offer it. If he chows down on it, and, of course, throws it right up, you just might have found the reason. Take him to the vet anyway, at that point he needs help to get rid of it.
I hope that's what it is, tho.....
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-26-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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deserthorsewoman: good suggestion. Last night he was just begging to go outside, something he's never done before in the past. He cried and cried at the door for nearly 45 minutes. I eventually figured maybe he needed to eat grass and I took him out with me hanging on to his collar. He just seemed to want to walk around though and rub his face up against the cement of our steps or roll on the warm sidewalk. I tried giving kitty treats that were supposed to help relieve hairballs but alas, I couldn't get him to eat them.

I'm planning on stopping at the pet store today on my way home from work to pick up some Science Diet sensitive stomach food (just a small bag to perhaps try) and I'll see if they have any cat grass there that I can purchase and keep indoors. Maybe that might help do the trick. I have been giving him some catnip and he seems to enjoy that for a little while.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-26-2013, 12:53 PM
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If you have access to oats, you can grow your own kitty grass. Put the oats in a pot, water and it sprouts in about a week and will grow quite quickly.

I think there's a reason cats have nine lives as there are so many queer things that can happen to them. For your guy it could be a hairball, as suggested, it could be a change in gut bacteria brought on by the different diet, it could be an allergic reaction to the food, etc., etc.

I hope it all works out well in the end and let us know what the vet finds.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-26-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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My goodness Chevaux, that's genius! I have a 50 lb bag of oats that my husband accidentally bought for the horses (I say accidentally because they're out on grass and don't need the grain) and that would be so easy! I might still buy a small amount pre-grown since I could use it immediately but for future use, that's pretty smart!

I did have some probios on hand that were safe to give to any species. I attempted to give this to him via his water dish but then I couldn't get him to drink anything...go figure. I appreciate all the suggestions and will certainly let you know how things pan out tomorrow with the vet.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-26-2013, 01:46 PM
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Sounds like he's having trouble with constipation. Better get him to the vet.
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I would get him to the vet. Dehydration doesn't take long to set in and then this could become something major.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-28-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your suggestions and encouragement. I had him to the vet yesterday and the vet didn't feel a blockage. He suspected it might have to do with his intestinal pH levels and/or minor U.I. so we have him on meds and he does seem to be eating and drinking again.
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