Cat Help Needed – He keeps getting sick

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Don’t just relay on treats to use as hairball control.  We give our cat a strip of Laxatone or a similar hairball paste twice a week, (which reminds me, it’s Monday, and she needs her dose).  She hates it, so we have to wipe it on her paw and she’ll lick it off.  The other cat thinks it’s an awesome treat and will lick it off our finger like she is supposed to.  I would go out and get a tube of this at your pet supply store.  Do a dose tonight, 2-3 tomorrow, and he should pass the hairball.  If he’s still throwing up after that, he needs to see a vet because it’s something more than just a hairball.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You can buy food dishes that slow down a cats eating pace… also… Try sprinkling his food across the kitchen floor or living room or something.. That way he has to move to eat it slowing his eating down as well….  

it could be his food as well… It might be too hard on his tummy…. Science diet is a pretty low quality food…

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My cat scarfs and barfs too if he goes to long without eating, but just once.  Vomiting 6 times in a short amount is a bit more concerning.  Does he play with sting or ribbon toys?  Is anything missing in the house?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@thenewmrsmax:  Cats tend to puke in intervals. My cat will run around the entire apartment puking in multiple places just to get everythinng out. They also show allergies through puking rather than skin inflammation like we would experience. Could your guy be allergic to something that he is eating? 

Dry food, in general, isn’t the best to give to cats as it isn’t what they would normally eat in the wild. Would it be possible to introduce some canned wet food into his diet? My vet said even giving Friskies is better than the most expensive dry food. It has also helped a lot with hairballs.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Does he just eat once a day? If so, try spreading his portions out more during the day so he can’t eat so much at once. Depending on his size, seems like a lot to eat at once. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beetee123:  yikes! Friskies has absolutely zero nutrition in it 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Most likely hairballs, but if the vomiting doesn’t stop soon, see a vet to be safe. Your cat could have a foreign body, (ie. ate something and it is stuck in the gi tract and not moving down the line). That would be considered a major emergency. Don’t feed your cat anything for now, even if he wants to eat. Wait until the vomiting has stopped for a good six hours and then just give him tiny bits of food at first to make sure his tummy can handle it. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@Makemeamrs:  Really? We don’t use it anyway LOL, but the doc said that most dry food really doesn’t have that much nutrition anyway especially when you account for the fact that it has a lot of stuff in it that they shouldn’t be eating. We usually use Blue Buffalo, but we’re using Science Diet’s canned food right now since BB doesn’t seem to be in our local pet store at the moment due to them changing labels.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We have 4 cats (yes we’re insane) and have noticed a drastic improvement in cat puke since we switched them to grain free food. we free-feed dry food and then do wet food every couple of days. We use “taste of the wild” dry food and while it’s more expensive than the food they used to get, they eat less of it because it’s more filling protein. They’re all more active and shinier too, and our old man cat has stopped having really gross poops. Seriously, totally worth it. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beetee123:  I am by no means a cat/dog food expert but have done a lot of reading on it… And while I agree with your vet that wet food is ultimately the best choice, dry food isn’t bad either… But stay away from grocery store brands… They are stuffed full of preservatives, additives and chemicals… Just looking at the ingredient label will show you that there is close to nothing real in it… It is all chemical… 

I feed my cats Acana (Canadian brand).. And while it is a bit more expensive is also really high in nutrition! Their coats are amazing with very little to no shedding… Their teeth are awesome! and they have very little to no hair balls or upset tummies! If you can get Acana where you are I highly recommend it! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@savannahb:  I totally agree with going grain-free. We have 2 cats, and both of their digestive issues have cleared up since putting them on grain-free dry food (vomitting, excessive gas, foul-smelling stool, etc). Even their hairballs have decreased. We use Blue Buffalo Freedom grain-free cat food. Our older cat used to puke at least twice a week (straight-up undigested food) and hack up a nasty hairball every other week or so. Switched her food about 5 months ago, and I can’t even remember the last time it happened. I love waking up and not having to worry about stepping a cold, wet pile on my way to the restroom lol.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@Makemeamrs:  We try to find anything we can that is grain free and doesn’t contain as many vegetable products. I’ve never heard of your brand, but we have a few good ones here in the US that we trust. Mostly Blue Buffalo, but we have a different bag right now since the store was out of the BB. We split one adult can per day between the two of them, and then they get kitten chow to munch on throughout the day. I’m hoping that this will keep them out of the vet’s office in the long run. They’re under a care plan for their first year, so visits are free, but I don’t want them to have to be in and out of the vet’s and be on medicine all the time. I’ll spend the extra money, and hopefully we’ll save a lot in the long run. 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beetee123:  there is blue buffalo here as well! It’s a good one! I agree with you! I would much much rather spend more money in food every month and not have vet visits than to cheap out and have health issues with my furry family members! 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

@Makemeamrs:  My SO’s cat suffered from so many kidney problems after being fed the cheapest brand of dry food for his entire life. The poor thing was on all kinds of medications for the last few years of his life, and he died from kidney failure a few months ago. It was so sad, but my SO was so young when they got him that it really wasn’t up to him what he was fed. When he mentioned to his mom that our cats eat the canned Blue Buffalo she acted like we were snobby! Sorry, but if I wouldn’t put it in my body why should my cats be eating it? They’re family too!

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