||[Feb. 15th, 2009|01:48 pm]
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Spaz, my 11 yr. old cat, keeps vomiting. I have taken him to the vet (3 times), and he says it's nothing. I'm going to set another appointment with another vet to get a second opinion. Oh, and he doesn't have a hairball problem (he's a short-haired cat). So I'm wondering is there anything more that I can do?
This is what my cat does:
- Over the past year, vomiting has become more frequent.
- For about 10 minutes or so before he actually vomits, he acts depressed. Which by the way, is very odd for him, since he's usually a happy-go-lucky mellow cat, and still plays like a kitten despite his age.
- He "yowls" really loudly right before he vomits.
- He HAS to go right away to the kitty litter box to do his business after he vomits.
Steps that I've already taken to try and fix this:
Any insight on this issue would be much appreciated! Thanks!
- Took him to the vet 3 times. Gave me a laxative and some pills for Spaz. Laxative seems to work, pills did absolutely nothing. Spaz previously had a constipation problem, and thus the laxative, but the vet said it'd help with the vomiting too, and it does a little. Vet also took a stool sample, and found nothing wrong with it.
- I thought he might just be eating too much / too fast, so changed his diet so that there's only a little bit of food for him to eat at a time. I can't really see if this helps any; I don't think it really does. He was free-feed up until this point, and he never gorged himself. Just ate whenever he was hungry throughout the day.
- Switched foods from Dry Good Life -> Dry Science Diet "sensitive stomach" and Wet Science Diet. Dry foods seemed to have made him throw up, and the wet food seems to be better, but he's still vomiting. Thinking about switching to an all-natural food with no preservatives? The vet said that as cats get older, they sometimes can't digest processed foods.
- I thought maybe he's throwing up because he's acting out / needing more attention, so I've paid more attention to him; doesn't seem to help at all.
- I took his food away for one day, and when the time was up, started feeding him again. Didn't throw up for the next couple of days after, but then it started again.
Edit: Found some really good info:
www.facekitty.com/2008/04/six-diseases-caused-by-dry-cat.html she also provides resources to help this claim. The info provided by Dr. Hofve at the bottom of the post is great. I would recommend reading it. Might be the reason why Spaz is throwing up.
after reading facekitty's post (which i highly recommend reading), I'm pretty sure it's the dry food. i went out today and got him some all natural food, "By Nature Organics". (man, was it expensive!) Spaz seems to have taken to it really well (by running around, being hyper, and playing a lot), so I'm gonna try this one out for a while.