Post # 1
Hello. I need some advice. I’m currently out of town staying at a cabin we just acquired. My cats are two, and we’ve had them since they were 3 months old.
We’ve been here about 4 days. Yesterday around 5pm one cat threw up some clear liquid. I Fed her a tiny bit of wet food at 6:30pm wanting to hydrate her. Then at about 8:30pm she ate a bit of dry food and threw it up at 9 along with liquid.
Other than the vomiting, she is her normal self, running and playing with the other cat. It’s now morning and no sign of any vomit, and I just saw her drinking water and eating.
Also, I noticed for this trip the cats have not been eating much at all. Half what they usually eat both wet and dry food. No cat went poop in 24hours. That might just be because it’s a new place. Should I be concerned?
Should I get my husband to drive the cats home in case the one who’s been sick needs vet attention? We are meeting friends today so I would need to stay. It’s a 1.5 hour drive home. If we stay we likely will be or boating all afternoon… but I also feel we should keep an eye on the cat.
I don’t know what to do my husband wouldn’t mind going home (he might even prefer it) but is that overreacting?
Post # 2
What concerns me is that the vet office is so far. We are put in the middle of no where so emergency care isn’t all that possible.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
My cat throws up periodically. I’m not sure why. There are lots of reasons they do it. I wouldn’t go home just yet, as they seem to be running around and showing no other signs of illness, but I’d keep an eye out for eating and pooping.
It’s possible the one who got sick is allergic to something in the new environment, or maybe it’s just stress. But if you have your vets number, you could just call and see what they say.
Post # 4
I’ve had cats my entire life and, as uncomfortable as it is, puke is part of the package. Most likely she’s just dealing with a hairball, and it will sort itself out. The only time puking has really been a serious health concern with the cats I’ve known, the cat in question had eaten the lions share of a yucca palm… That ended up requiring surgery, but unless you know that she has eaten something totally inappropriate I would just keep monitoring her. Considering that she’s running around playing + eating I think she’s fine.
Post # 5
They are indoor cats, but there are a lot of bugs in this place. She’s probably eaten a few spiders here and there. I don’t think anything could be poisonous though.
She’s coughed up a few hairballs in the past and threwup foodfrom eating too fast but nothing this liquidy before.
Post # 6
MrsCallalily: As long as she is eating, drinking, and playing, I wouldn’t be too concerned. It’s probably just because they’re in a new place, like you said. But as a cat owner, I know it will probably be hard for you to enjoy your trip if you’re worrying about your kitty, so it may be worth the peace of mind to take her to the vet.
Post # 7
I don’t think we would take her to the very right away but my husband could watch her more carefully at home and the vet is 5 minutes away. But she does seem fine this morning.
Post # 8
MrsCallalily: Yeah, they might just be stressed out by the new environment. Cats aren’t great at adapting to a big change like that. I would watch for signs of listlessness and lethargy – those are signs that something quite serious could be wrong. And obviously if the nausea and constipation persists for more than another day or so I would have them checked out.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t worry too much. If kitty becomes lethargic as well, then it’s time for the vet. But cats do vomit a lot and mostly it’s nothing.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
The clear liquid vomit happens when their tummies are upset but also empty – it’s just stomach juice or whatever the technical term is. (Ha, and I’m a biologist!)
I agree that if the no-eating, no-pooping, puking happens for several days and they start to get lethargic, time to go to a vet.
Post # 11
Like PP said, with cats, vomit is a part of life. In fact, we call one of our babies “Pukey McPukerson”. Most of the time its food, but sometimes it is just bile or liquid. Probably nothing to worry about. Could be anything from a hairball to stress. If it is unusual for your cat, I’d just keep an eye on her for a few days for lethargy or refusal to eat or poop. Cats need time to adjust to a different environment.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t get too worried about the cat until she starts acting differently. A few weeks ago our cat was throwing up and having diarrhea, wasn’t eating, etc. but he was acting perfectly normal. We spent $200 on tests at the vet just to have her tell me that he probably just has a virus and to wait it out. She thought he may have experienced some sort of trauma, so I definitely think the new environment is probably freaking your cat out in this case. They probably don’t want to use an unfamiliar litter box either.
Post # 13
Cats and new environments aren’t a good match. I’m sure they’re probably fine – when I moved, my kitty didn’t eat anything for 3 days and didn’t use the litterbox for 3 days. Cats are weird man. I once heard it said that a cat would prefer a new owner than a new house.
Post # 14
I had 2 cats for the past 8 years or so and they have both moved with me many times. I’ve always noticed that it takes a while for one or the other to settle in, especially after a long car ride.
As long as they are eating and drinking and using the bathroom, then that’s great. My fat cat (who recently passed at 14 years old) used to throw up clear liquid sometimes too. Usually that was hairball related In our case and sorted itself out.
stephncollins: +1 cats are little creatures of habit!!
Post # 15
sounds like their stomachs are upset … our cats will do this if they get stressed and dont eat they vomit the liquid and everytime they try to eat