At the end of our rope with our cat of 5+ years.. Please help

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

My cat was throwing up and our vet suggested to change her dry food to kitten food, but keep her wet food as adult. It really worked. 

Sorry I can’t be much help with the behavior problems though… 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Do you give him any hairball treatment? Throwing up immediately after eating can be a sign of hairballs, especially with such a fluffy cat. I have an extremely fluffy cat and I give him science diet hairball formula, and occasionally have to also make him lick a hairball medicine off of his paw. I also have to brush him frequently.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

This might be totally random, but what kind of food are you feeding him? I know part of his problem is his gorging, but maybe in addition he has a sensitive GI system that exacerbates the issue? The vomiting and defecation made me think of this. Our kitty doesn’t have the behavior issues, but her GI system was pretty sensitive at first, and we switched her to a grain-free dry food.. it did wonders for her! We feed Taste of the Wild for reference, but there are several similar brands out there.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Poor baby!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

I just wanted to come by to tell you I understand how hard it can be.

We have a 17 year old baby that is displaying behavioral issues too. They are recent (last two years) and unrelated to age.  He has been to the vet countless times. 

No one seems to be able to help us…so we have just been dealing with it.

We love him to pieces. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

sanfranciscomrs:  My male cat is like that, not the pooping, but he gorges on food a lot and loves eating it.  He often would eat too much and puke it back up.  And he’s a meower.  a loud one.  To the point of just obnoxious, but I wouldn’t re-home him.  could it be too many cats iwth him?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

sanfranciscomrs:  PLEASE try this solution. Our cat had the exact same thing, always threw up after meals, wet or dry, premium or generic. We got him on natural balance which is grain free which led to less vomiting but sitll issues. Took him to the vet about 6 hours after he ate and she wanted to Xray him for blockages…come to find out his pylorix sphincter is unusually small due to years of chronic vomiting and poor diet (also adopted a 2 year old cat who lived in a horded house). She said the food wasn’t draining from his stomach fast enough as it should. She told us to get wet food only and water it down to a gruel or slurpy. Guess what…he has never vomited his food again unless he had a hairball which shortly came out afterwards.

He has gained 3 pounds and looks like a healthy cat and all his other weird habits (incessant meowing etc) have been cured. Now he never had litter box issues but he did excessively meow and always seemed to have an issue. He is now a happy healthy cat.

Please try water down wet food if he always vomits and give it a week and see what happens. Even if you have to give him a few smaller portions if he has a tendency to overeat (our cat did but its cause he thought he was hungry but the food was just sitting in his gut).

I really hope this helps

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

sanfranciscomrs:  We found it by dumb luck…he ate in the morning and after lunch we took him in and she wanted to Xray him to see if he ate string or anything. She noticed his stomach was unusually full for him having been at the clinic for an hour and asked when he last ate. We said this morning so abotu 6 hours ago and she hypothesized about the pylorix sphincter and suggested gruel to test it out. Its not that she could see it on the Xray, just there was no blockages and his stomach was super full like he just ate but he hadn’t so that was the hypothesis…right or wrong, the gruel has worked perfectly!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

sanfranciscomrs: Oh he’s gorgeous!  Could it be another underlying issue from the abuse he suffered before you got him?  Could noises be scaring him into pooping?  I really just don’t want to see you re-home him for the reasons you listed above.  I just don’t think they’re good enough when he seems like such a friendly cat.

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