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What is Intestinal Obstruction?

When an intestinal obstruction has occurred, the cat’s health will continue to decline until the condition becomes life-threatening. Early diagnosis and treatment is a leading factor in the likelihood of a full recovery. Signs of intestinal obstruction should be taken seriously and prompt veterinary treatment is strongly recommended.

Intestinal obstruction is a common condition that occurs when the stomach or intestines are partially or completely blocked. The blockage may restrict the flow of nutrients and/or secretions within the stomach and intestinal area. The condition is generally very painful and the presence of objects in the intestines can reduce blood flow, which may ultimately lead to tissue necrosis.

Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Cats who are experiencing an intestinal obstruction generally will feel unwell and will display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Unwillingness to eat
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Subnormal body temperature
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Crying or whimpering
  • Unwillingness to lie down
  • Depression
  • Shock

Causes of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Ingestion of foreign bodies is the primary cause of intestinal obstruction, and it tends to occur more commonly in younger cats as they tend to be more likely to ingest inappropriate objects. Other possible causes of the condition include:

  • Un-expelled hairballs
  • Tumor
  • Inflammation of gastrointestinal tract
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Hernia
  • Intussusception (may be caused by intestinal parasites)
  • Intestinal twisting
  • Polyps
  • Overgrowth of stomach tissue

Diagnosis of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

After a full review of the cat’s medical history, the veterinarian will discuss the onset of symptoms, the cat’s eating habits, and whether it has access to objects such as string and sewing needles. If owners suspect that the cat may have ingested a particular object, the vet should be notified. 

A physical exam will be completed and a standard set of lab tests ordered. This will often include a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemical profile, urinalysis, and electrolyte panel. Abdominal palpation may indicate swelling or other intestinal irregularities. Visual diagnostics including X-rays or ultrasound imaging may be ordered and an endoscopy will likely be performed. In addition to providing a visual image of the intestines, an endoscope may also be used to extract tissue samples for biopsy and/or to remove foreign bodies that have been ingested.

Treatment of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Intestinal obstruction in cats often requires hospitalization. The course of treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms and the size, location, and source of the blockage.

Stabilization

If the affected cat is experiencing extreme dehydration or electrolyte imbalance, it will need to be stabilized before any other treatments can be provided. Fluids and electrolytes will likely be administered intravenously and in some cases, plasma may be provided. 

Non-Surgical Treatment

When the obstruction is caused by a hairball, the veterinarian may choose to administer laxatives and monitor the cat for several days to see if the ball will pass prior to recommending surgery. This treatment option may also be recommended when the presence of a linear foreign body such as string or yarn has been detected soon after ingestion. Laxatives should only be provided under veterinary supervision and owners should never attempt to remove objects that are protruding from a cat’s rectum. 

In most cases, the veterinarian will attempt to remove foreign objects using an endoscope. This is less invasive than surgery, but it is difficult to ensure that no residual items remain in the intestinal tract. Endoscopes are also unable to remove large objects such as rocks.

Surgical Removal 

When attempts to remove the foreign body using an endoscope have been unsuccessful, surgical removal under anesthesia will likely be needed. During this process, the veterinarian will locate the blockage and make a small incision in the stomach or intestine in order to remove it. Once the surgeon has confirmed that all foreign materials have been removed, incisions will be closed using sutures.

Recovery of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

When veterinary care is provided promptly, prognosis for affected cats is generally positive as long as there are no surgical complications. Following surgery, pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed and the cat may need to remain in the hospital for several days. Once the cat is able to hold down food and liquids, it will be able to return home. It should then be kept calm and given a quiet place to recuperate away from children and other pets. Care should be taken to keep the cat from licking the sutures and an Elizabethan collar may be needed.

Owners should closely monitor the cat for signs of dehydration or infection. Only bland foods should be given for the first few days in order to avoid further irritation. Sutures will need to be removed 7-10 days following surgery, and follow-up appointments will be needed to ensure proper healing.

Precautions should be taken to prevent the cat from ingesting objects in the future. This may include covering trash cans and keeping dangerous objects such as string and yarn out of reach.

Intestinal Obstruction Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Shy
Short haired feline
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipated

My cat (8 year old spayed female) was treated yesterday for constipation, given 2 enemas and sedated and stool manually removed. I have given her 2 2ml doses of Lactulose as prescribed and she has only defecated three little finger sized stools. She is urinating still. Is the fact she is defecating a good sign or should I still be concerned?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure when Shy was discharged how much stool was still in her colon. If she was empty, that amount of stool is good. If she still had stool in her colon, she may need an increased dosage of Lactulose. It would be best to call your veterinarian in the morning, ask what her status was when she left and what you should expect as far as stool production. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Clyde
Cat
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Clyde has vomited about 8 times since yesterday morning. The first few times it had paper bits from a cat toy he was playing with (confiscated). He kept food down all day yesterday, but this morning he started vomiting again. Its a very thick, mucousy bile, nothing else in it. He is not lethargic, and returns to playing as soon as he's done vomiting. A friend mentioned it could be an obstruction, are there any other things this could be? I do not know if he has pooped yet, his sister bonnie shares the litter box with him. She has presented no symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Kittens are prone to parasites, dietary indiscretion, foreign bodies, and infectious disease. If he is continuing to vomit, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as kittens can become dehydrated quickly. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Sarah
Mix
4 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Swelling

My kitten got ran over and I can’t afford a visit to the vet. The day she got ran over she couldn’t move her hind legs, but she was dragging herself with her front legs, she was shaking from shock, so I gave her a tiny dose of children’s ibuprofen and she started playing with the other kitten but still not moving her hind legs, she would climb things also.. well The next day, she ate but I think she threw it back up and she has been drinking a lot of water and also walking a little bit on her back legs but gets wore out quickly. Her stomach is swollen on the left side and she can’t poop or urinate. What should I do?

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Cookies
Burmilla
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting out food

Hi.. My cat vomitted out parts of a nerf gun foam bullet yesterday. I do not know if he had ingested the whole bullet as i cannot find the rest of the bullet in the house. When i gave it canned food last night, he vomitted all of his food out. Twice. Does my cat need veterinary care asap? Its still active. Not sure about his drinking today and he has not eaten yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to visit your Veterinarian especially as you are unable to find the other part of the Nerf bullet which may be causing an obstruction. It is better to play it safe as intestinal obstructions may become medical emergencies. Until you visit your Veterinarian ensure that Cookies stays hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our cat grayland used to weigh18or19pds,he is down5,I had him exrayed and it showed a blockage in his intestines,it showed a lot of air pockets where the food I guess had no where to go,the intestines looked like there are like a lot of paint scrapple,can you please tell me what I can do to try and help my cat with out paying out a lot

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Stormy
Siamese
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bowel Movements

My cat isn't eating. He doesn't have pancreatitis desease, per vet test. We have given him nausea meds, appetite meds, vasoline, and mineral oil. He is showing no pain symptoms and plays without any restrictions. It has been 16 days and he had only about six ounces of food during this time. [email protected]

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Various cause may be causing Stormy to have no interest in food; dental problems, intestinal obstruction, dietary changes, food spoilage, liver disease, kidney disease or a large hairball can all cause a loss of appetite in cats. An x-ray or ultrasound may be useful to see if there is anything in his abdomen. Appetite stimulants may be prescribed by your Veterinarian (if appropriate) to encourage Stormy to eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lil key
calico
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

high blood pressure

Medication Used

amlodipine

how is an mri performed on a cat does the cat have to be put under sedation is this the best way over an above an ultrasound and xray to see why the small intestines are clumped together with changes in the intestinal wall in some areas my cat is eating unbelievably drinking a good amount of water walking around and jumping up on coach and bed laying on her stomach stretching her paws on trees to scratch her nails urinating etleast four times a day will go to litter box to try to poop pushes a little but nothing violently two weeks ago she lost her ability to walk and stand up on her rt side looked as if she had a stroke immediately went to vet and was told her bp was over 300 now on 2 bp meds amlodipine and benazepril last appt bp was down to 120 to help w her bowel movements i give her 1/4 teaspoon of miralax twice a day and 1 ml of lactulose twice a day i started her on miralax on last wed and she has been on the lactulose since march 10th there is no significant change in her bowel movements at all last good bowel movement was thursday 03-16 in the shape of 2 individual tootsie roll candies they are hard the litter does stick to them and i can slightly push them in upon squeezing my fingers together she has done 2 very small poops the shape and size of a raisin which are so hard i could have sworn it was a small stone

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Animals are usually sedated during MRI’s as movements can blur images rendering them useless; but in circumstances where sedation isn’t appropriate they may be held in place with non-invasive devices, but normally sedated. Before an MRI is recommended, x-rays and ultrasound should be performed to see if there is any obstruction in the intestine. An MRI will give a greater resolution and is reserved for cases where x-ray and ultrasound have been unable to find a cause. A clumping together of the intestines may be caused by a string foreign body which would need to be surgically removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Onyx
Cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

Medication Used

Antibiotics, Zantac, butorphanol
antibiotics

My cat under went exploratory surgery 5 days ago and had an object removed from his intestines. He is acting fine other than sleepiness. He is eating well, drinking water and urinating. He hasn’t had a bowel movement since his surgery. When should I start to become worried? Is there anything I can do for him to help him move along?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is quite normal after that type of surgery to not have a bowel movement for a few days. If he is eating, drinking, and acting normally, and not straining to defecate, you should be fine to continue to monitor him.

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Maggie
Domestic cat
Approx 4-6 years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining to Defecate
Bloody Rectum

Medication Used

none

Please advise if possible. I first became alarmed after discovering drops of blood around the house, which by process of elimination and examination, lead me to it's source; my cat, Maggie.
Through further observation of her after these findings, I saw that when trying to use the litter box, she would strain profusely, and very little feces would be produced and was of a liquid consistency.
There are three other cats and four dogs in the household. They are all free from any such issues. I had considered the possibility of inadvertent poisoning of some sort, but as she is the only pet of the household with these issues I think it unlikely.
As of yesterday the litter has been changed from clumping to non clumping, as I suspect that perhaps she has ingested enough of it over time in grooming herself that some sort of clogging digestive problem has been induced, but I am only guessing at that as a possibility.
What could be causing these symptoms?
What can I do to help her heal?
Thank you so very much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Obstructions may occur for various reasons, the problem is the severity and type of an obstruction; obstructions may be caused by foreign bodies, parasites, tumours and hairballs (to name a few). Mixing some mineral oil into Maggie’s food may help lubricate the passage of a possible blockage. If the problem persists, visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barry
Siamese
4 yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I think my cat has a bowel obstruction. I pray he doesn't This started yesterday morning. After eating and drinking per usual; he went to cat box. He growled and hissed and moaned and got out of box w/o using it. I thought maybe he had been bitten by a scorpion or spider. I immediately checked him out and found nothing...and checked the catbox, the entire bathroom, and deep cleaned everything. He drank and ate per usual the rest of day. He attempted to use cat box that evening and did the same. He acts as though he is in pain and cant pee/poop. It is now day 2- he acting normal- ate and drank- went to box and hissed and cried when he attempted to use the bathroom. His belly is soft. He doesn't mind when I palpate it. He will not let me look at his butt under his tail- he leans to bite me (which is super not like him). When I woke up this morning he had vomited on the floor- regular looking- no hairballs. Please help. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to determine what the cause may be without examining Barry; sudden inability to defecate or urinate is a serious issue and should be addressed as soon as possible. Foreign objects and foreign bodies are the most likely culprits, but back injury and nerve injury may be involved too. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as it seems both his bowels and his waterworks are affected which is unusual and should be seen as soon as possible; I cannot think of anything at home for you to try. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat Lucy accidentally ate too much candy without permission.

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Grayson
tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

Hi there, we adopted a cat about a year ago. Grayson was found in the streets and picked up by humane society. He is now a year and 4 months old. We have noticed him having issues with his bowels. He is always constipated and has resorted to going where ever he is. He will push so hard at times he yowls. I am wondering if he could have a blockage. He does not drink alot of water, his appetite is so so,some days he eats some days he doesn't. We have tried mixing pumpkin in his food and also phsillium husks in his wet food. His diet is Iams chicken pellets, and every evening he gets a teaspoon of wet food. When his bowels do move, it is hard and dense. Sometimes it has mucus around it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It certainly sounds like Grayson has constipation caused by dry faeces although there may be other causes like swollen glands, mass, foreign objects etc… without examining Greyson I cannot say what the specific cause is. Plain canned pumpkin usually helps move things along, but if Greyson is having trouble still you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination of the anus and a general examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cinder
dsh
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My cat suddenly lost her appetite entirely. She is still behaving otherwise normally but for the last three days, she turns her nose up at pretty much anything I offer her. I've gotten her to eat a little bit of turkey baby food. Yesterday, I brought her to the vet and he checked her temp. and massaged her all over and said it was probably stress. He gave her a pill but it hasn't helped yet. He didn't do any blood work or anything. Should I go back and insist? Could she have a blockage he couldn't feel by touching her? I am so worried about her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An intestinal obstruction would be easily found by a Veterinarian during a routine abdominal palpation; there are various causes of a loss of appetite which include an obstruction, parasites, infections, spoilt food, hormonal conditions, liver disease among other issues. Try her with a different food to see if there is any improvement in her condition; also mixing some smooth wet food with water can help you give food by syringe slowly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stompy
short haired tabby
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic, no toilet, growling.

Hi, I took on a cat who was abandoned in the UK and according to the vet she was around 18 months to 2 years old. She had previously had some trauma, as she had traction marks on either side of her hips and an amputated tail. When I moved to Spain, I took her with me. Around 6 weeks ago, i noticed that she was having difficulty jumping up onto her cupboard to eat her food and thought it might be arthritis setting in from her previous injury, as she is now around 8 and a half years old, so I put a stool there to help her. Then I noticed that she was walking like she was drunk and her legs were caving in under her. I took her to the vet and they took X-rays and discovered she has a complete blockage in her intestines. They were swollen 10 times their size and pressing up against her spine and hips, causing her to not be able to walk. As she is an outside cat, I never noticed that she was not going to the toilet. I only noticed when I brought her litter box out of storage, to make it easier for her, that she was using it frequently, but not actually leaving anything in the box. At the moment she is at the vet on a drip to try to rehydrate her and also to get some oils in her to try to move the faeces. He said that if that doesn’t work, after 2 days, she will have to have surgery and the chances are very high that she won’t survive. Everything I have read, does not say this surgery is dangerous. Why would this this be the case?

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Jim
Oriental
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won't eat, lethargic, has been con

My cat went to he vet and received what they called a soapy wash due to the fact he couldn't pass faeces. There was one at the entrance of his anus. He has had what the vet said was impacted faeces removed . This was yesterday. However since he has come home although it seems like he wants to eat and has been playing he will not eat and in the last few hours has seemed more and more lethargic I'm assuming this is due to him not eating properly for last few days. He has been prescribed lactulose and has defecated twice which one was liquid and the other semi liquid. I'm worrying as he won't eat. He has ate one thin slice of ham since yesterday and only licked at cat food two days before I took him to vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Jim may have a lack of appetite due to a not eating for a few days, you can try to encourage him to eat by feeding him chunks of boiled chicken in small portions which are appetising but not irritating to the stomach. You should also ensure that you keep his back end clean after each defecation especially whilst he has diarrhoea; if Jim doesn’t eat the boiled chicken return to your Veterinarian before the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peaches
Domestic Short haired
4 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting,

My cat has been getting sick for 3 days now. It started as just a little bit yesterday he started to not eat his food. I also notice yesterday he had diarrhea. And I didn't think he was drinking. Last night I started to give him wet food but he still got sick about an hour after eating that. This morning I give him wet food he again got sick about an hour or 2 after eating it. At about 130 I took his food away and I started forcing plain Pedialyte down him with a medicine syringe. The first time I did that he got sick about 45 minutes after but I give him 2 syringe full(10ml each) after that at about 3pm I started giving him only 1 syringe full every hour and so far he has not gotten sick again but his stomach is making noises. When he used the kitty litter last I noticed his stool is not all liquids. My cat is a male about 5 years old. In very good health

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for the symptoms you are describing which include infections, parasites, foreign bodies, other obstructions among other causes; it is important to keep Peaches hydrated and encourage eating with a few mouthfuls of wet food every few hours. If you are not seeing any improvement or the severity gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Captain
Abyssinian
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Tired
Loss of Appetite

The day before yesterday, my cat may have eaten a plastic object. An xray last night confirmed this. He was treated with fluid therapy, and antacids and anti nausea meds with the hopes of making him more comfortable and moving the object along so it can be defecated. How long until it passes? Is surgery the only option?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It all depends on the size and shape of the plastic object, some objects pass with ease whilst others require surgical removal; if there are sharp edges or there is an unusual shape it can slow down the transit of the object. Some foreign objects may move slower through the gastrointestinal tract than faeces so it is difficult to put a time frame on it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wally
dsh
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Our cat ate some string from a kite tail yesterday. He seems a bit lethargic today and I have not seen any evidence of him passing the string yet. He has done this before with string and passed it later. How long does it take to pass and when should I be concerned if there is a blockage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With string, I am always concerned about string foreign bodies; it can take around 24 to 48 hours for a cat to pass string, but issues may occur before they are passed. I would keep a very close eye on Wally for the time being until he hopefully passes the string, but if he shows any concerning signs you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Persian
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Enalapril Diltiazem
Enalapril

Bear, my Black Smoke Persian is 9 years old. He was diagnosed as having an enlarged heart when he was 5 months old. He ingested what looks to be a 1/2 long piece of string or possibly a small piece of plastic. This occurred late Sunday or Monday night. He vomited everything down to bile that morning. He became extremely lethargic and has been lying around, going from room to room, closet to closet. I started giving him water in a syringe up until yesterday, 11/22 then read online that I could give him unflavored Pedialyte which I started giving him last evening around 8:00p, 11/22 in a syringe. He would come out periodically and lay in the kitchen and bathroom for a short time, and then return to one of the closets. He has not used the litter box since Tuesday. I took him to animal emergency this morning around 10a. They are keeping him overnight. His regular vet is closed today (Thanksgiving) and tomorrow, reopening on Saturday. Surgery is not an option, due to his heart condition. Will endoscopy work? I read about it online. I just don't want my baby to die. Please advise. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Endoscopy is an option to remove a foreign body or other obstruction but Bear would still need to be anaesthetised for the procedure as it isn’t something you want a cat (or any animal) conscious for; also the reach of endoscopy is surprisingly limited and we are actually only able to access small portions of the gastrointestinal tract from either end. See what the Emergency Veterinarians tell you after observing Bear. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 10 year old (also black smoke) Persian, Pancakes, ingested some silver tinsel about two days ago. He vomited the pieces up, but didn’t poop until this morning. He isn’t especially lethargic, has been playful, and is eating/drinking as much as usual. I am still worried though, because his upper abdomen/sides feel and look a bit tight/full. Should I take him to our vet to see if any tinsel is blocking anything, or is the fact that he had a decently sized, normal looking, bowel movement enough to prove there is no blockage? Thank you.

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Stripey
Maine Coon
6 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

Please help me if you can!! I have a 6 week old kitten who I believe has a bowel problem. He has been very weak and leathergic his mom wasn't feeding him so I started supplmenting with kmr. His tummy is very distended and very taunt. When I rub his tummy I can feel an area that is like a rock the size of a quarter. I have tried the triangle method which has produced no results. He keeps shaking really bad and I'm afraid he is in shock and dying. I don't have the money to take him to a vet or emergency room. I found him on my farm and have been trying to help him. I am so scared and stressed please help me!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Stripey I cannot say what the specific cause is which may be attributable to parasites, foreign object, other obstruction, congenital issues among other problems. I would continue to try the triangle method but without an examination I cannot really give you any productive advice as we don’t know the specific cause. You should try to contact a shelter or charity clinic in your area for help; the cost of a visit to a Veterinarian should be reasonable $50-$100 for a basic examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sherlock
tabby
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My cat died suddenly this week and I'm having a hard time understanding it. He was 5, mildly overweight, had a healthy shiny coat, and appeared to be in great condition health wise. When I found him, he was already stiff, his mouth and eyes were open. He had no blood or still around his mouth,and despite the fact that he must have passed a few hours before I got home, he had not expelled his bladder or bowel. He was an inside cat. Why do you think he died so suddenly?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always distressing when a loved one dies, especially as sudden as Sherlock at his age; I couldn’t start to guess on a possible cause of death but statistically after trauma, heart disease is the second most common cause of sudden death in cats. Poisoning, respiratory disease and gastrointestinal disease are also common causes of sudden death in cats after trauma and heart disease; for a full picture of Sherlock’s passing, a necropsy would be advised especially if you have other cats in the house. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Clatita
european
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My cat was sick for two months and shed a lot. My cat shed and had very soft chairs, I was at a veterinarian who made several injections of antibiotics and vitamins, took medications for the stomach and probiotic gas because there were noises in the cat's stomach. Blood, pancreas, thyroid, liver tests were good. One evening the cat threw plastic pieces. Now I asked the vet to open the cat's stomach to see what was there. The veterinarian found the strangulated bowel because of a ring that grew around the bowel. The veterinarian removed that ring from the gut but also found inflammatory gastric lymph nodes. The veterinarian extracted a lymph node and sent to the analyzes because it suspects the cancerous cat. After 4 days of surgery, I heard noises in the cat's stomach. Do you think it could be cancer? Thank you very much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a very stressful time for you whilst waiting for the results of the lymph node histopathology; a noisy stomach doesn’t mean cancer, it can just be gas or anxiety. You should wait for the results of histopathology before jumping to conclusions; lymph nodes may be enlarged for a few reasons including infection, inflammation as well as cancer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Orange tabby
11 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach Pain
Lethargy
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

Hello. My 11 month old cat Oliver, threw up about 10 hair ties yesterday. I had no idea he was eating them up. He has not been able to keep anything down. He seems very lethargic and continues to vomit anything we give him. He will not come out of his kennel nor eat or drink. I have no idea what to do next. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Oliver. He needs to see your veterinarian and have some x-rays taken to see if he has an obstruction. Depending on the results of the x-rays, he may be able to be treated conservatively, or he may need a surgery to relieve the obstruction. Your veterinarian will be able to determine how best to treat him so that he is able to improve. Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do for him at home if he has an obstruction, and he needs to see his veterinarian as soon as possible. I hope that he feels better.

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Shyla
Manx
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, diarrhea, vomiting,

Medication Used

Miralax

Hi my cat is 14 yr old female Manx. She has had issues with her bowels and intestines for 5 yrs now. She had surgery twice to get the mass of hard poop stuck 5 yrs ago she even has a rip in the intestine. I have her on soft food now for 4yrs she gets Miralax in her food everyday now for 4 yrs and she has been just fine I have she as to stay at a very very soft consistency so she don't block do to the damage that was done yrs ago from the blockage. They said that her intestine was stretched out from being blocked so now I have to keep her runny almost. They also said her nerves are probably not working properly. I have kept her good for 4 yrs now. And a few mths ago she started getting wobbly in back end can't jump much and skinny in back end also. I took her in and he said since she is 14 that if she is going poop good and I have her figured out that we wouldn't fix rip in intestine he said it might mess up what I have going on. Well then last night she started acting and doing all the same things like when she had a block 4yrs ago . Straining , vomiting , won't eat or drink, acts like she is in pain. She is even having some diarrhea. When she did this before u could feel a hard mass. But this time it's all soft so I don't understand what's happening she won't get up out of her bed . Last night she was crying . I have fed her the same for years with Miralax in her diet everyday. Is there anyone anywhere that has a surgery to just fox this . She is my baby I do anything to fix her 🙁 Ian 37 yrs old and just had heart surgery and that cat never left my side When I was in pain everyday she was there she is TRUELY a remarkable cat. She was there for me I want to help her. Is there any were that can fix intestines or damaged nerves or whatever is causing this. Please help Sincerly Chardale

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The issue may not be with the intestines but may be a spinal problem especially if she is getting wobbly and losing muscle mass on her backend. You should first visit your Veterinarian to discuss whether there is an obstruction or another issue, then look for a Specialist in your area if needed to perform the surgery. I cannot recommend you anywhere specific as I don’t know where you live and I receive questions from all over the world. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maumau
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Maumau, a large cat looking like an egyptian mau has been throwing up since early childhood. Drs have forever advised to change his diet, and we gave him RC prescription soft and hard food, which he also threw up. When he started to throw up 2x day weeks ago, a new Dr. prescribe a slushy and famotdine to control the throwing up. It helps. We had blood tests, urine tests, an xray(2 yrs.ago) and 8 mo. ago a sonogram of the intestines, which revealed very small crystals in the kidney. Recent blood tests don't seem to signal that things got worse. A FPL test on Nov.1 was normal. Has slowly lost weight (1 lb in 2016, then 3oz/mo), now weighing barely 10+ lbs+, considered "ideal". WHAT can be one next? Cat does not tolerate the prescription food, but likes Purina Beyond dry food as well as Friskies mixed grill better than anything, including plain home made chicken. Very finicky. Cat is complaining, eye contact, miaus and rubbing my legs, definitely not "hello's". Should we do CT scan or will endoscopy reveal? There is a test I heard about, done by a lab in Texas. I am at the end of the flagpole.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend having another ultrasound done to look at the abdomen to see if there are any changes or other issues there since there is a point of comparison from eight months ago; before going for a CT scan, I think it would be wise to consult with an Internal Medicine Specialist to determine if there is anything they can do for MauMau or even direct the diagnostic path in a better direction. With the case notes, blood tests x-rays and ultrasound images you have now, you could send them to a company like PetRays for review to get their input. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Opie
short haired tabby
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

My cat has been having issues with his bowels for a few months now; he’s 15 and is losing his muscle strength to properly push out his bowels as well as heave up anything. Recently we discovered blood in his stool and noticed his bottom is very irritated. He tries to pass a bowel movement every 30 minutes or so. To preface this more; he was having some constipation issues and were told to mix some pumpkin in with his wet food. He is also known for eating everything that can fit in his mouth. While we are very cautious of our living conditions it is possible that he might have eaten something foreign but I wanted to provide everything we’ve been doing just in case.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pumpkin (plain canned pumpkin) is great for help to increase the fibre content which helps to keep the faeces moist to assist defecation; you should also treat for parasites to be on the safe side as they may also cause intestinal obstructions in severe cases. If there is a foreign body, then a visit to your Veterinarian would be required for an examination and possibly an x-ray to locate and determine whether surgery is required or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beanie Boo
American Shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Vomiting

what happens during an obstruction? Our cat has been vomiting 2 to 3 times a day. She is lethargic and enjoys sleeping on a heater. She enjoys playing with rubber bands and maybe she ate one and it caused an obstruction.She has always been a small cat and has morning sickness but she hasn't played as much. She usually runs around the house and up the was. She hasn't had diarrhea but I have not seen her use the restroom that much or drink water. She was a bottle baby and has had kittens but she is spayed. What can we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Clare, thank you for contacting us about Beanie Boo I'm sorry that she seems to not be feeling well. I'm not sure how long she has been vomiting for, but 2-3 times a day is quite frequent for a cat to vomit. I'm concerned that you are describing her behavior as lethargic, and that she may be eating and drinking less, as well as using the litter box less. A foreign body is possible if she platy with rubber bands, as well as a pyometra if she isn't spayed, intestinal parasites, infectious diseases, or systemic disease. The best thing would be to take her in to your veterinarian and have a good check up in the next day or two. They'll be able to see how she's doing, if she's dehydrated, if she needs further testing to figure out what is going on, or if she just needs some medication to feel better. I hope that she is okay!

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Aspen
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eating less
Sleepy

Medication Used

Atenolol
Prednisolone

Hello, i am a first time cat owner, and admittedly slightly paranoid about her safety. my cat got into the Christmas tree yesterday and ate at least one small piece of twig which she vomited up. She's been very sleepy since then, but there hasn't been a noticeable change to her eating or drinking habits, perhaps eating a little less since she's been asleep. She still enjoys treats. I'm concerned that she may have a blockage from one of the pieces of tree she may have eaten,

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Cats are notorious for getting into Christmas trees! If she is eating, and drinking, and has no further episodes of vomiting, the chance that she has an intestinal blockage are slim. The needles from the Christmas tree, and the tinsel or other ornaments, can be very irritating to their stomach and intestinal tract, as well. If she continues to vomit, or stops eating, or just doesn't seem herself, she should probably be evaluated by your veterinarian. In the meantime, since she apparently likes the taste of the tree, it would be a good idea to block access to it for her so that she doesn't continue to eat it.

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Cali
Tortus shell calico
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping
Vomiting
Lathargic

Medication Used

Anti-nausea

My Kitty Cali has been vomitting anytime she gets up about 6 times a day the past 2 days. When she first started it was yellow bile that smelt like poop. It then turn brown bilecand now white foam. She will not eat drink and has not used the kitty box. I took her to the vet but did not have the $500 for x-rays please help me help her what can i do to help her until I can get her to the vet after Christmas.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Cali isn't feeling well. Unfortunately I don't think that there is anything that you can do at home for her, she sounds like she needs some help. If you had her at your veterinarian and they thought she needed x-rays, she probably needs x-rays to make sure that she doesn't have in intestinal foreign body. The bad part of those is that the longer they wait, the more chance that they are going to become complicated, and possibly perforate her intestines. If your veterinarian thought that she might have one, it would be better to get treatment started now rather than later. I hope that she is okay.

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Miki
Gray Tabby
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting lethargy no appetite

My kitten began vomiting Christmas morning at 3am and she continued to vomit bile at least six times until 6:30am. I took her to the emergency clinic and they immediately recommended surgery to inspect inside of her stomach. I am hesitant because they could not see an obstruction on the X-Ray. It is possible she swollowed water beads the previous night. Would the beads not show up on the X-ray? They said no former gas or anything made a blockage visible. Please help I don’t know what I will do if she doesn’t recover.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Miki isn't feeling well. I cannot examine her, but if the veterinarian recommends an exploratory surgery, you should probably trust their opinion. it is difficult to see things on x-ray sometimes, some material items don't show up as well as others. Sometimes, with a foreign body, you need to go with signs as well as tests. The water beads may not show up on x-ray. It would be best to trust the opinion of your veterinarian, and ask them questions if you are not sure. I hope that Miki is okay!

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Onxy
Cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat vomited yesterday it looked like digested food. He was still moving around but angry. Now he is just laying around and growls and meows in pain if you touch his belly. His belly does not feel hard it is maybe distented just a bit but not much. He is not eating and I do not know the last time he had a bowel movement

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Onyx, I cannot diagnose or treat anything that might be going on with him. From your description, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian. They will be able to look at him, determine what might be going on with him, and give him any treatment that he needs. I hope that he is okay.

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Chance & Gemini
moggy
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomit
Diarrhoea

I believe my cats may have ingested feathers and/or possibly a plastic component from a toy left by my cat sitter. Their symptoms have been up and down with each cat taking turns to vomit but then seem relatively perky and then back to vomiting or appetite loss. This cycle has continued for both cats for the last 2-3 days. I am unsure as to how long to wait for symptoms to pass seeing as they are so up and down?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Intestinal obstruction can be a difficult one to determine, especially when there are bouts of ‘normal’ between symptoms of vomiting; vomiting in cats is a vague symptom and may be attributable to various conditions include intestinal obstructions, food spoilage, infections, parasites among other causes. Since this has been going on for two or three days, I would consult with your Veterinarian before the long weekend to be on the safe side and to avoid any out of hours charges if you need to taken them in before Tuesday. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nim Nim
domestic short hair
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My kitten recently started to act very lethargic. Sleepy and wasn’t interested in food. She would only sip on water. She started to throw up. She has thrown up about 4 times in the last 48 hours. This morning it was completely clear liquid. I called and made an apointment with the vet. As I was getting ready I found a small pile of throwup with a ball of what initially looked like worms. I took the specimen and took her to the vet this morning. After closely looking we realized it was rubber possibly from a latex glove that she got a hold of. He said he heard gut sounds which was good. And she was quite dehydrated so he administered sub Q liquids. Her temp was also about 99. Something. I was instructed to bring her home and give 1 cc of mineral oil and keep her warm and hydrated. I have been offering her pedialyte and gave her the mineral oil. About 4 hours after I gave mineral oil she had a mix of some diarrhea and some solid feces there was a lot of gas and I noticed that her abdomen had gotten quite swollen. Also shortly after we got home from the vet she wanted to drink more pedialyte after she drank it she vomited again quite a bit and just clear. I’m not sure what to do. Does her having a bowel movment mean she passed the obstruction? She is very weak and doesn’t want to walk or eat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the obstruction hasn’t passed yet, but continue to give Pedialyte and mineral oil as instructed by your Veterinarian; obstructions can take a while to pass and some may even require surgical intervention. A latex glove can be difficult to pass if there are still pieces of it inside, however she may not be defecating any more due to an empty gastrointestinal tract. You should keep a close eye and try to encourage eating with small portions of food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nim Nim
domestic short hair
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My kitten recently started to act very lethargic. Sleepy and wasn’t interested in food. She would only sip on water. She started to throw up. She has thrown up about 4 times in the last 48 hours. This morning it was completely clear liquid. I called and made an apointment with the vet. As I was getting ready I found a small pile of throwup with a ball of what initially looked like worms. I took the specimen and took her to the vet this morning. After closely looking we realized it was rubber possibly from a latex glove that she got a hold of. He said he heard gut sounds which was good. And she was quite dehydrated so he administered sub Q liquids. Her temp was also about 99. Something. I was instructed to bring her home and give 1 cc of mineral oil and keep her warm and hydrated. I have been offering her pedialyte and gave her the mineral oil. About 4 hours after I gave mineral oil she had a mix of some diarrhea and some solid feces there was a lot of gas and I noticed that her abdomen had gotten quite swollen. Also shortly after we got home from the vet she wanted to drink more pedialyte after she drank it she vomited again quite a bit and just clear. I’m not sure what to do. Does her having a bowel movment mean she passed the obstruction? She is very weak and doesn’t want to walk or eat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the obstruction hasn’t passed yet, but continue to give Pedialyte and mineral oil as instructed by your Veterinarian; obstructions can take a while to pass and some may even require surgical intervention. A latex glove can be difficult to pass if there are still pieces of it inside, however she may not be defecating any more due to an empty gastrointestinal tract. You should keep a close eye and try to encourage eating with small portions of food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Waffles
short hair
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Low Energy
Lethargy
Vomiting

Please help, urgent: My cat vomited a couple times this morning around 9am PST, white foam. The second time she vomited, she fell over briefly, and it took a second for her to re-gain stability. I took her to the vet, who said her stats seemed fine, no dehydration, and told me to monitor her, and call if she continued vomiting. My cat (Waffles) has been sleeping all day since we got home. I just got her to try and eat some wet food (9pm PST), which she did, and immediately vomited back up.

This actually happened one time before about 8 years ago, where she swallowed a penny and luckily had it removed without surgery. She is exhibiting the same symptoms.

My question is, can I wait until the morning to take her to my regular vet or do I need to rush her into the emergency vet right now? My vet opens in 10 hours....do I have this much time or could her small intestine be in jeopardy? Thank you in advance for your help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it does sound like Waffles may have another intestinal obstruction, there are other possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include infections, parasites, poisoning, liver disease among other issues. If Waffles isn’t in distress and is hydrated you could wait until morning, but if she is not drinking or seems in pain/discomfort or has any other concerning symptom visit the Emergency Veterinarian. Obviously I cannot examine Waffles so I cannot judge the severity, so it is difficult to suggest whether you should go immediately or not; generally I prefer if people go immediately to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
tabby
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eating
Tired
Drinking
Movement
Lethargic

Okay so a two days ago my cat ate some pine needles from the Christmas tree and maybe a half hour later she threw it up and I could see the pine needles in pieces in her puke, that same day she vomited maybe four more times with varying consistency, once with a bunch of chewed up food, another with bile. We were going to take her into the vet when a few hours had passed, she hadn’t thrown up and was acting like herself so we decided to see how everything would go. Next day she’s vomited once on the carpet and a few hours later vomits up digested dry food with some bile- in no way a massive amount. So after a few hours she’s lethargic and not wanting to move so we got her in her pet carrier and took her to the vet. After some X-rays the vet said that there was no obvious blockage- but that it was hard to see things like pine needles in x rays. She further said that hopefully she’d pass faeces in the night or the following morning as she might not want to go due to the GA. So now it’s been around 17 hours since the vet visit, haven’t fed her due to the recommended fast and we are worried because while shes been acting completely herself she still hasn’t gone to the bathroom for a day and a half apart from peeing this morning. Looking for a second opinion? What can we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It wouldn't surprise me that Princess hasn't had a bowel movement tonight if she has been vomiting and has been fasted. You have the x-rays that don't show a definitive blockage, which is good, and the fact that she is acting like herself is positive. It would be a good idea to have a recheck x-ray in the morning if she is still not having a BM, or if she isn't eating, or isn't herself. Those pine needles can be problematic, and don't always show up on an x-ray. You may need to follow up for a few days to make sure that the pine needles are passing. I hope that she does well!

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Thomas
Domestic longhair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Decreased urination
Decreased Appetite
Lethargy

My cat has decreased appetite. He ate 70% of his dinner & wasn’t interested in breakfast, even though he was eating & drinking more than usual the last few days & looks forward to mealtimes in general. He has decreased urine & may have constipation. He will eat if I feed him by hand & came running for treats. Both his third eyelids are showing (sometimes 10%, sometimes 30%). He has become very clingy & he was sitting in the corner of a room he never goes into last night. He normally coughs up hairballs every 2 weeks and it’s been over a month. I think he tried to cough one up three weeks ago, but only stomach juices & some grass came up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible issues which may be affecting Thomas which may include an intestinal obstruction, try to mix some plain canned pumpkin with his food to try and encourage along any obstruction by increasing fibre content as well as giving a hairball remedy. If Thomas doesn’t eat for a few days, it isn’t too serious but a lack of hydration is so ensure that he is drinking regularly. If you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chaz
dsh
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have a 11 year old male tabby who about a week ago became very lethergic, lots of saliva and wretching, lost interest in food and is losing weight. Bloodwork came back normal. We have been using crystal cat litter and I have seen him occasionally cleaning his paws after using the box. My concern is that despite an appetite stimulant from our vet, he has continued to have little interest in food, become antisocial, and is not improving. Could he have an obstruction from eating bits of the cat litter??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Chaz, I have a difficult time commenting on what might be going on with his intestines, but your veterinarian will be able to take an x-ray or do an ultrasound if needed to see why he isn't responding to the medications and why he isn't improving. I hope that Chaz is okay.

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Tito
domestic short hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing while using the litter box

My cat has been meowing when he uses his litter box. At first, It was only when he was passing stools, but now he also does it when he passes urine. Since 3 days he has been doing the same amount of urine in smaller pads and his poop seems thinner to me. There hasn't been any blood, any changes in appetite, no vomiting, no fevers. Otherwise he is himself. He is an indoor cat. My main concern is that almost 1 1/2 month ago we suspect he ate a very thing string about 10cm long, as he didn't show any changes during the following 2-3 weeks, we let it pass and thought he didn't eat it. Now I am scared this is a problem cause because of that string. I am taking him to the Vet, but at this is his first time being "sick" I would like your opinion if possible. Thank you so much.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is possible that Tito is having trouble defecating, or urinating. It is important that you have him seen as soon as possible, as if he is showing signs of a urinary problem, male cats are prone to having urinary blockages, that can very quickly become life-threatening. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, possibly do some testing, and determine how best to help him, whether the problem lies with hiw urinary tract or his GI tract. I hope that he is okay.

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Leo
Selskirk rex mix
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements

7 year old cat, has loose yellow/light brown stools with a little bright red blood and mucus. He is a stray i took in 2weeks ago, before that a few months ago his poop was the same outside and saw little blood doplets on fur. His exam and fecal test are fine and dewormed anyway, he eats, drinks, pees very good, poops maybe 3 times in 24 hours. He doesn’t meow in pain when picked up feeling his stomach, he is not lethargic, no vomiting. I did change his food to Purina One Sensitive Systems a week ago, wasnt sure how long it takes for his poop to adjust to that. I thought about getting probiotics for cats. Is there anything else, he will be getting nuetured next Wednesday and possibly shaved since he has serious matts in his undercoat along on both sides and hind legs. Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Leo, I can't comment on what might be going on, but probiotics never hurt, and there are some good products out there for cats. Since he is going in to be neutered next week, it would be a good idea to mention the blood in his stool, any your veterinarian can do a good rectal exam while he is sleeping and make sure that everything is normal with Leo. If everything is normal, they should be able to make some good recommendations on food, and supplements, to keep him as healthy as possible.

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Macy
American Shorthair
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Post-op

Medication Used

OraBac (?) 1.2 ml/day

My 8 yr neutered male cat had colon resection surgery a week ago. Feeding has been going well but I wonder how/when to transition him back to the dry food he regularly got and if his diet should be changed in the future. Now, 1 week out, I am feeding him 2 tsps of sieved (to be sure he gets no bone or other fragments), canned cat food in 3 Tbs of beef broth, 5x/day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally after this type of surgery, your Veterinarian should give you instructions on how to feed Macy; generally a post op appointment is made and around seven to ten days after the surgery for an examination and for further instructions on feeds and care. You should discuss Macy’s progress with your Veterinarian, but you should be able to start transitioning to regular food/kibble soon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sonja
Tuxedo cat
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, loss of appetite,

My cat named Sonja has swallowed some yarn I don't know how much of the yarn she ate but she's vomiting it out in pieces. She's 5 months old, please let me know if she'll be OK or I need to bring her into the vet.
Thanks
Jen

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Yarn or string foreign bodies are always concerning as they may cause the intestines to concertina and cause a severe obstruction; it all depends on how much was consumed and how much discomfort Sonja is in. I would recommend having her checked over along with an x-ray if indicated to look for any intestinal anomalies; some cats pass yarn without incident whilst other require surgical intervention. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Figaro
domestic short hair
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My vet just told me that my 1 1/2 year old male cat, Figaro, has an abnormal intestinal blockage. Figs hasn't been able to keep food down for a few days, but drinks plenty of water. He's not lethargic at all, and he doesn't act like he's in pain. He eats, he just can't keep it down. They administered some laxatives and anti inflammatory meds and also a mild sedative. I haven't picked him up from the vet yet because they want to monitor him. How successful is the laxatives at removing the obstruction? How long does it normally take to work? I have absolutely no idea what he could have ingested. We have hardwood floors so no carpet fibers. He doesn't get into the trash. I should mention I've never had a cat before, so I'm a little clueless. Also, I don't think he has ever coughed up a hairball. I've never seen one. Could that be it? I am very worried.

Thank you,
Figaro's Mom

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Transit time of intestinal blockages will vary depending on the size, firmness, what it is made out of among other factors; some blockages clear relatively easily whilst others don’t budge and require surgical removal. This is going to be a wait and see moment to determine if the laxatives work or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kit kat
Tortus shell short hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Dehidration
lack of appetite

Medication Used

Enima
Saline

My cat hasn't pooped in days, has low apitite and is dehydrated. We know that she has an intestinal block, but I need to know when if she doesn't start pooping when to put her down.

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, KitKat really needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her and let you know if she is suffering. Whether she can be treated, or needs to be humanely euthanized, either way it is important to not let her continue to suffer.

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Leo
Persian
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

watery diarrh
Weight Loss
Weight Loss, diarrhea, fever, no ap

Cat had sudden onset of watery diarrhea and not feeling well. Took him to vet and they ran some lab tests but nothing showed up. Next day he seemed worse and would not eat or drink. Took him back in and he had a high fever and dehydration. They gave him fluids, more tests and X-ray and force fed. They seemed alarmed by the fever but sent him home and gave me the no of emergency vet. Little better after fluids but won’t eat or drink. He is supposed to go in tomorrow for barium. Indoor cat only, 1 year old, never been sick. Said if they didn’t find anything with barium I should take to a specialist? What could be wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for watery diarrhoea most notably protozoan parasites, but these would have been detected easily by a faecal floatation test which I assume your Veterinarian would have done (you didn’t mention which tests were done); if a faecal floatation test wasn’t done I would recommend that you ask your Veterinarian about this first. Apart from that; infections, foreign objects, poisoning among other issues may also be possible causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jali
English short hair?
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I live in 3rd world country no vets. Have a 2 year old neutered male cat who is very heavy just in the last 3 days has been vomiting any food he eats as well as water. We thought at first it was because he ate a pretty big piece of lemongrass (saw it in his throw up). Seemed good after one day of throwing up but this is the third day and is throwing up again. He is drinking water but after few hours throws that up too. If he has a hairball blockage or something else what can I give him as a natural laxative to try and help. We have coconut oil? Any help would be appreciated we love him and have no option to see a vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are hairball remedies that can be purchased from pet shops but I am unsure of availability in the part of the world where you are; mineral oil can be used if mixed with wet food but we generally recommend against this due to the risk of aspiration. Plain canned pumpkin can help ease gastrointestinal transit but if there is an obstruction, surgery may be the only option and I don’t know how you would manage it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alaska
Not identified
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Vomiting something like poop

My cat just vomited something that looked like poop but she seems normal, she's eating, drinking water and running around. Should I wait to see if she vomits again? Is it intestinal obstruction? Or could it be something that happens just once?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for a cat to vomit what may appear to be faeces; consumption of faeces is a common cause whilst there are other causes include duodenal reflux, gastric bleeding, obstructions among other causes. You should keep an eye on Alaska for now, but try feeding her small portions of boiled chicken in case her stomach is sensitive; however, if there is no improvement or she continues vomiting you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

If your fur baby threw up something that looked like poop sometimes it is a hairball,my grey fur baby does this all the time looks like poop but is a hairball he tries to groom my other kitty. It could be that simple unless there is other symptoms too.

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Jali
English shorthaire
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Since I received your email we had a good day with Jali pooping and peeing as well as eating and drinking for the day. However this morning at about 1am he started throwing up what he had eaten in the evening and has throw up continuously about every 2 hrs or so after he drinks or eats which I have given very little (boiled chicken w/a small amount of coconut oil on it and a few kernels of his dry food. He seems to want to eat and drink after throwing up and we went for a walk where he tried to get some grass (didn't allow eating just chewing on it. He has energy enough to get up and down on the counter he loves to be at to look outside. He has some sores on his ears and head I think his ear mites are bad but have not wanted to bother him with it now. These soars he has not had to this degree before.
We are living in the Marshall Islands and there is no vet and very if any pet food let alone medicine.
Your thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Tamie & Jali

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that the veterinary situation in the Marshall Islands is similar to other small nations like the Maldives among others where you need to wait for a visit from a non-profit veterinary organisation for animals to be neutered or receive veterinary care. Given the situation in your country and the lack of animal supplies, you can only continue with what you are currently doing by offering boiled chicken (a few chunks at a time) and have a little coconut oil on it to ease the passage of faeces. Unfortunately, without examining Jali I cannot give any further recommendation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vader
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Antisocial
Lethargy
lack of appetite
Angry

A few days ago, my 1 year old cat had been throwing up bile/white foam and after a trip to the vet, the Dr. did a barium treatment on him after noticing a weird pattern in his stomach. However, it's been a few days, and he is acting antisocial, not eating much, and all he's wanting to do is lay around. He's even hissed at his brother who he's been around since he was adopted at 9 weeks old, and he's NEVER done that before unless they were playing rough. I'm not sure what could be wrong with him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The barium study that your veterinarian did with Vader isn't a treatment, that is a test to see if there is a foreign body in the GI tract. If they saw something strang on the x-rays, they should have had a plan as to what to do about that. If Vader isn't feeling better, it would be a good idea to call your veterinarian and find out what the plan for him is, based on his test results. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Sam
Black and White Moggy
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating much.

Hi,

We returned from holiday 17 days ago to a cat that would not eat (she is a 16yr old spayed female cat). We took her to the vet the following day, and she had blood and urine tests (all normal), x-rays (possible trapped wind) and ultrasound (nothing conclusive). We have managed to get her eating little bits, but she has no interest in food and is losing weight. We are now at the stage of assisted feeding (which she HATES) to avoid damage to her liver. She is drinking normally - perhaps a little more than usual.

Last night, we caught her eating her cat litter which we put down to the stress of the assisted feeding, and all the meds we're giving her. But, after a quiet afternoon I saw her start doing this again. The litter is clumping (I have now just changed it to a different non-clumping brand) and we are concerned this may be the problem. Could she have become stressed when we were away (a friend comes in and feeds her), and started eating her cat litter? Could this cause a partial blockage? She is pooping, but not regularly? Would it show on an x-ray - could it be mistaken for wind?
Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sam has been eating clumping cat litter you should visit your Veterinarian; they may be able to palpate the clumped litter but most likely will do x-rays to get a better picture of what is going on and to rule out other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Uriel
Mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not excreting

I think my cats have eaten the absorber packet from a store bought chicken. I found it on the kitchen floor, it was all torn up with the beady, gel substance missing from 2 of the 4 sections.

They have had quite an appetite each eating 2 packets of wet cat food as well as boiled chicken just this morning and I’ve given them chicken broth to drink to keep them hydrated. However I’ve been checking the litter boxes and they seem to be urinating regularly but not excreting. It’s been more than 24hours since I suspect they’ve eaten the absorber and they haven’t excreted once. Normally they would have by now.

Should I be rushing them to the vet or giving them a bit more time? We try to avoid vet visits if possible as they are very terrified of being taken to the vet and they don’t do too well when they are stressed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst these gel packets are generally not toxic to animals (depending on other chemicals present) they may cause some gastrointestinal symptoms or a gastrointestinal obstruction. You can try to give them some plain canned pumpkin to see if that helps things along, but if they are not defecating within the next few hours you should consult your Veterinarian as they may have also consumed something else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jamie
dsh
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

My 4-year-old male cat stole a chicken thigh bone cooked (steamed?) In an instant pot and ate the end off of it. Not only am I very much afraid of damage from the sharp end, but the knuckle end seems rather large for him to pass. Could he possibly digest this to the point where it could be passed? Or are we in serious trouble here. Is there anything that can be done to help him pass this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you saw Jamie consume the thigh bone or you suspect that the thigh bone has been consumed you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and possibly an x-ray to determine whether the bone poses a risk to his health or not. Whilst digestion is a possibility, we cannot rely on it and should be concerned about any sharp edges. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sunshine
DHL
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dehydrated, sleepy at times.

In short,my cat has been constipated for 3 months,trying to poop with back hunched crying with pain,changed her food 2 months ago no change. Took her to the vet blood test came back everything was functioning ok except SDMA was 3 and Albumin was 22 the vet wanted more blood tests for b12 folate and fecal sample the cobalamin (b12) was 131 and the fecal sample was negative for worms. The vet asked us to come back for another fecal test for parasites,which bothered me,so we took her to another vet on the way there she was trying to poop the whole time trying to push out anything 3 and a half hours straight which had not happened for so long, while in the examination room she threw up three times white foam which again has not happened before as she was and had not thrown up at all in three months. Vet examined her and could only get his finger halfway inside of her and said there was a blockage,while we were discussing this she was still hunched over pushing and a lump of flesh then came out of her it was round and the size of a small bouncy ball the vet had no idea what this was and even called another vet in who had no idea ethier and suggested exrays and possible ultrasound,for 800-1000 dollars,this thing she pushed out felt like a flesh ball it was accompanied by blood which then went away,the only thing the vet said was that it possibly was a tumor in her and when he examined her he hit a piece that broke off and came out? I'm at a loss I have googled everything and nothing explains this at all,we brought her home and have been giving her all her melds everyday,her poop has not changed but last night while we were sleeping she pooped pure liquid out everywhere droplets all over more then ever,she is lovable today stays close,and I am at a loss? Please any advice would help why can no vet explain what she passed it was flesh what could that have been?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Sunshine may have passed part or all of a tumor, without seeing the mass, I'm not sure what it might have been. She may need to be on stool softeners, or prescription food to help with her intestinal issues, but an ultrasound would be a good idea at this point to try and identify what is going on in her colon, as it does not seem normal. I hope that all goes well with her.

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Smoke
DOMESTIC
Five Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

How long after a cat eats a foreign object (e.g. hair tie) can it take for an obstruction to develop? I'm not 100% certain about whether my cat, 5 y/o, ingested a hair elastic, but I'm worried this might have happened as I cannot find it. It's been almost 48 hours and there's not any changes to his behaviour, diet, and doesn't seem to be constipated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The time until an obstruction occurs depends on how well the object travels through the gastrointestinal tract and where it exactly gets stuck, sometimes foreign objects will pass without any incident. You should keep an eye on Smoke’s eating habits and defecation, if you notice a loss of appetite, straining or abdominal pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Finnegan
Maine Coon
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Possible swollen belly, not eating

I'm not sure but I believe that my rescued Maine Coon has eaten at least 4 3inch pieces of string in the first week of February. .and I've been watching him carefully, and since then he's been fine, today I noticed that Finn isn't really eating, and hasn't pooped yet today, his belly is big but he's a large cat, am I worrying for nothing, or should I have him seen by a vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. String can cause intestinal blockages and problems in cats. if you haven't seen him defecate the string, and his appetite is decreased, it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian take an x-ray to determine if he is having a problem related to the string. I hope that everything goes okay with him.

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Oliver
domestic medium hair
Two Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting. Diarrhoea. Lathargic
Vomiting. Diarrhoea

My two year old cat had an intestinal obstruction by a hair ball and it removed by the surgery Monday evening. But after surgery he hasn’t recovered well. First day was fine but refused food so they started to feed him using a feeding tube. But yesterday all went down hill again. He has developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting also got severely dehydrated so vet staff put him in a oxygen tank and still monitoring him. I would like to know what went wrong and how long it will take him to fully recover?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that is happening to Oliver. Unfortunately, without knowing anything about his case, or being able to examine him, I can't really comment on what happened of how he will do. It would be best to follow up with your veterinary clinic, as they are there, know what is happening with him, and can give you an idea what might be going on with him and what his outlook is. I hope that he recovers well.

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Enzo
Serengeti
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy after Surgery
Lethargy

My cat had intestinal blockage surgery on Friday. He was okay the past few days. Yesterday his pain medication ended in the morning. Today, he won’t leave the bed. He eats when I take him food (happily, I don’t have to coax him) his sutures and incision site are fine. He’s not in noticeable pain but cats are so good at hiding it. I am going to request more pain meds tomorrow. Is the lethargy expected 5 days into recovery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Five days is still early after surgery and remember that he is 12 years old and the surgery involves opening the abdomen and the intestines so discomfort isn’t surprising. If Enzo is lethargic or in pain (cats can be stoic), you should return to your Veterinarian for a review and possibly top up of pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shugar
European Shorthair
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Hard and ball shaped feces
High intestinal gas volume
Vomit,

My cat is experiencing exteme dehydration anorexia and high concentration of gasses in his intestin, he has experienced vomit almost 2/3 times a week and low defecation for the past 2 years, lately he started to lose even more weight (2.3 kg) and has started urinating in unusual places and more frequently, he still has a lot of appetite and drinks a lot.
Vets here in italy haven’t been very helpful and i was hoping in some foreign advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Shugar, I am not really able to comment on what might be going on with him. If he has a problem with colonic motility, a low residue food and pro motility agents may help. If he has a systemic disease causing him to become dehydrated and have hard stool, the underlying cause will need to be addressed. If you have not found a veterinarian that has helped him, it is always okay to seek a second opinion. I hope that he is okay.

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Rex
domestic short hair
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Hi my cat (11 months) has been sick a few times and unwell for a week now. Very lethargic, can't jump up or down from sofa. Won't eat anything, drinking very very small amount. Wobbly when walking, but mostly sitting in one spot and just won't move. Very 'limp'. It's scaring me. Been to the vet multiple times who can't find anything wrong! Told me to give him till Monday and he would do bloods but he seems to be getting worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rex, it is difficult to say what specifically may be wrong; poisoning, developmental disorders of the cerebellum, parasites, foreign bodies among other causes may lead to these symptoms. If not do so already, blood work and x-rays should be done to rule out some conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
American Bobtail
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid In Abdomen

Neighbors cat has severe symptoms. Boating like a cow as some would say from each side. I saw him laying down and followed as he sat looking up. His Haw was up in one eye, indicating to me he was in distress. It was Sat night with only ER visit available and she has no money and not willing for me to make that trip. He is approx 13 yrs of age with no other apparent issues. Last Wed she said he got into a bag of food. He is right in size but, not indications that he has ever over eaten. His stomach, indicated to me fluid. The next day she reported he ate but, his eye had pus and she cleaned it, but, my concern was his size. He went from normal in the week to having issues on Wed and I saw him Sat night in this condition. I have unfortunately yrs ago had an experience with FIP. I could only offer her to watch him for the next few days and try to keep him comfortable, that was Sat, Sun she reported that she cleaned his eye and it has pus, but he ate a bit and rested, same for today when I got home, but, I didn’t go to check his condition myself. This is a long post, and since she won’t let me take him to the vet, I have no solutions to offer. I vet mine and have an 18 yr old with some constipation issues but, my are vet checked. He was reported to have moved around today but with the size of the bloating, that I saw and his haw being up in the right eye, I can’t help but think it is a dire situation. From the conditions I report is there anything you can offer. Vetting is my solution, but other her report today that he was moving around and drank some water and ate some, and she cleaned his eye again I have not checked his condition. We have a great shelter here that could help with putting him down if need be or taking his body for burial. With my hands off approach to letting her take care of him on her own, I have nothing else to offer. If it were a surgical solution, he needs to be vetted, if it so happens it is wet FIP, there is not much of a solution and he will pass in a few days. Please send your suggestions so I can pass those along in good faith to make sure he does not suffer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to say what the specific cause may be; if you feel that there is fluid in the abdomen this may indicate many different conditions which may include effusive feline infectious peritonitis, but in an older cat (ten years plus) we have to look at liver and kidney function, blood counts and other biochemistry values (albumin etc…) which would require a visit to a Veterinarian. I understand the position you are in, but I cannot give any specific advice without an examination; however you should tell your neighbour to flush out Simba’s eye with sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to the eye at least twice per day, but Simba still needs to see a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gigi
Cat
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

Hi - Gigi is a 9 month old kitten. Last night she vomited - it was mostly bile and what looked like a hairball - it was before dinner. Then we found two diarrhea spots in the litter box and caught her having diarrhea on a bed this morning. Could it be an obstruction? She's still eating drinking and running around

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are commonly affected by parasites, dietary indiscretion, and partial or complete foreign bodies. If she is bright and happy and eating, it is unlikely an obstruction, but if the diarrhea doesn't resolve by tomorrow, she should probably be seen by a veterinarian to give her any testing or treatment that she might need.

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Shadow
Feline
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up, not eating, weak

My cat shadow is 7 years old. For the past couple of days he has not eaten and have been very lartatghic and vomiting. We took him to the vet today, they said that he didn’t look good. He’s in bad shape. Are the chances of his recovery good once the obstruction is removed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many times, cases of intestinal obstruction have a favourable prognosis because once the obstruction is removed, everything goes back to normal; however, the cause of the obstruction, the size, the amount of time the intestine has been obstructed, the patient’s general health, poisoning (is the cause of the obstruction also poisonous?) among other factors determine prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pizza
Tuxedo cat
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Tiredness
Vomiting
Lethargy

My cat Pizza is a 10 y/o indoor, M. He eats Hill's wet food one 5.5 oz can split morning and night. He originally got on this diet for wt loss 4 yrs ago but will only eat this food now. When given dry food he throws it all up and then will eat it again. For the past 3 days, he has not eaten when it is meal time and is acting lethargic. I woke up to him vomiting yellow bile this morning. Even though I knew dry food made him ill from time to time, I tried it again. In hopes that more options would help him eat, it did not and he still threw up, but w/o eating it. He is still drinking and eliminating waste. All he has done is slept.
Since it has only been a few days should I wait to act on anything? Also, is there anything I can do at home or should I go to the emergency vet clinic?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for Pizza to have a lack of appetite and to be vomiting bile which may include infections, parasites, foreign objects, other obstructions, poisoning, tumours among other causes; if there has been no improvement for a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monty
short hair
13 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up and lethargic

We woke up to our 13 month old cat Monty drooling from his mouth. We took him to the vet and they proceeded to examine him, took 3 X-rays, put him on fluids for 5 hours for dehydration, then took 2 More X-rays to see if the obstruction, or gas had changed. Still no real diagnosis. We brought him home and within an hour and a half he vomited 4 times. Each time vomiting containsi green colored water. He is very lethargic and low energy. Any ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing the x-rays or knowing more about any suspicions that they may have, I'm not sure that I can shed much light on this situation for you. If they were suspicious of an intestinal foreign body, Monty may need what is called a barium study to further define the intestines, or he may need to have an abdominal exploratory surgery to see if there is a foreign body. Cats his age are at higher risk for intestinal foreign bodies, and he does not seem to be improving, so it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to find out what the next step for him is. I hope that he is okay.

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Mingus
Unkown
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swallowed string

Our cat swallowed a substantial piece of string. We took him to the vet immediately (within 1 hours time), the vet took X-rays. The X-rays were quite blurry and she said "I think this is the string here and it's already into his small intestine." She told us it was possible to scope out but then we overheard her on the phone saying it "was surgical." The surgery would not be possible financially so we opted to give him fluids and see if he could pass the string. Two days later at 5am, our cat vomited up the string. Is it even possible to vomit something up that has entered the intestine? I'm feeling like our vet was not honest with us, I'm questioning if those were even OUR cats X-rays?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends how far down the small intestine the string went, it is possible that the string refluxed into the stomach (duodenal reflux) but generally once it is passed into the duodenum (first section of small intestine) it wouldn’t come back up unless there was an obstruction or something else. However, the important thing here is that Mingus vomited the string up and doesn’t require surgery. You should monitor him for the time being and continue to offer fluids and food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taz
Tabby Cat
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t eat, can’t poop, tired

My cat, Taz, is a 8 month old tabby cat who went outside for about five hours. He came in, then wouldn’t eat, he would drink very little water. He can’t pee very well, he can’t poop, and he is very sluggish and is very lethargy. I’m thinking there is something in his stomach, but I can’t think of what he could have gotten into. Is there any thing I can give him to make him poop? Miralax?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with just giving something like Miralax (which is considered safe in cats at a quarter teaspoon per day mixed with wet food) is that if there is a large obstruction is something dangerous it may cause more harm (and pain) than good. Plain canned pumpkin is also helpful to increase the fibre content but is more helpful for constipation. If you suspect that Tax may have a foreign body, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cloey
Cat long hair
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stuck Hairball/concerned blockage

On Thursday night my cat at what seemed to be a Hairball that got stuck in her throat. She was vomiting up white foam and panting from trying to breath from the obstruction. Eventually there was blood with the foam (I am assuming from dry food that may have cut her) after about two hours and not being able to get a vet any where within a two hour area, she all the sudden was fine. Could breath, no foam or vomiting. I could not find a Hairball anywhere. I have a vet appointment tomorrow (they couldn't get her in Friday, but did give me laxatone) and I am not sure if it is needed for me to still take her. She has been eating and drinking. She did poop this morning but not as much as normal. I am just worried about a blockage from the Hairball. What should I do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should monitor Cloey for other symptoms and signs of improvement, I still think that you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side so that your mind can be put at rest especially given the distressing nature of the symptoms described. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pierre
Orange tabby
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
won't eat,
Lethargic

Medication Used

Liquid Antibiotics

My mom's cat has stopped eating. It has been two weeks now without sufficient food. She has taken him to the vet twice. The doctor sent him home the first time saying it was a hairball obstruction. He gave the cat two shots. Four days back home the cat did not start eating and remains very lethargic. She took him back to the vet. The vet kept him overnight for observation. Xrays showed an obstruction in the intestines. Following two more shots, the vet got him to eat a little. He had a small bowel movement. A subsequent xray showed the obstruction was gone, so the vet sent him home with liquid antibiotics and fiber rich canned food. The cat is still not eating and remains lethargic. Like the first vet visit he was someone more active and responsive to food just after treatment, but he slipped back into not eating nor moving. He is not vomiting, he is drinking water and has some small bowel movements. The cat's blood work is excellent, no red flags. My mom feels like there is something more serious, but now has no confidence in the doctor, nor in the recovery of her cat. I am frustrated as I feel like something is still wrong in an otherwise healthy cat and she won't do anything because now she feels like it's cancer and she doesn't want to take her cat back to the vet and put him through anymore stress. He is 12 years old and has now lost more than 4 pounds. He's down to 8lbs. I am concerned that the vet did not at least put him on an IV for fluids and nutrition. Please advise what you think may be going on, and what we should insist on doing next. At minimum would you agree intervention for nutrition and fluids is a must?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your Veterinarian would have assessed Pierre’s hydration levels and would (should) have placed Pierre on fluids if there was any indication of dehydration; as for nutrition, not as vital as fluids but still should be considered. If the x-rays are not showing anything now since the obstruction has moved, further testing is required to help narrow in on an underlying cause which may include blood tests which are not so invasive or traumatic and pretty much routine. Try to get smooth wet food and mix it with water so that it can be easily syringed drop by drop into his mouth for him to lap up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
Long hair cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping, not eating or drinking

My cat ate a piece of thread. Half was hanging out of mouth and we cut the string. She had 2 sets of x-rays (1 set @ emergency & 1 set the following day) and had to be sedated both times. The x-rays do not show any definitive signs of blockage but cat has not eaten or had anything to drink since ingesting the string. No throwing up. Gums are pink. Not sure what to do next?
Is she still recouping from the sedative? Will this thread pass?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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String foreign bodies are always concerning for Veterinarians and can be impossible to see on an x-ray unless it is causing issues with the intestines; I cannot assure you that the thread will pass but generally the shorter the thread is the better. I would ensure that Abby is keeping hydrated and to monitor her for the time being, if there is no improvement by tomorrow visit your Veterinarian again. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hope
mixed
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

My cat,Hope has stopped eating for almost 8 days now,though he is drinking water and urinating.He has lost weight and is lethargic.We tried to feed him mainly liquid food like boiled fish broth or milk but only after 1-2 sips,he is not drinking any more.As per vet's advise, blood test and xray was done.Blood test came out normal while x-ray showed blockage in 3 different areas in his intestine.Is this normal intestinal blockage or tumr or something else.The vet has advised to get him operated immediately to remve the blockage.I am really very worried.Please suggest what should I do? Should I go ahead with the operation or consult a different vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally we’ll see a single intestinal obstruction on an x-ray but multiple obstructions are possible, not sure what is causing the obstruction but surgery would be the best course of action. If you have concerns, you are in your right to consult another Veterinarian to get their diagnosis and opinion on treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sasha
Mixed breed
6 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

whimpering with no bowel movement.

6 week old kitten bit tip off nipple while bottle feeding. She whimpers when she tries to poop today. I called a vet and they said just to watch her. She is eating and drinking as normal. She is also urinating normally. We have no bowel movement as of yet. She did this yesterday.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The bottle tip may pass normally, depending on how much of the bottle she bit off, or it may cause an intestinal obstruction. If she is eating and drinking normally, that is good, but it would be a good idea to monitor her bowel movements, and for any signs of vomiting. If she is straining to defecate and not having a bowel movement, she may need an examination and an x-ray to see if it is causing a blockage. I hope that she is okay.

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Dodger
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Heaving
Lethargic

My cat has been making an almost growl noise randomly. Within the past week, he’s thrown up a couple of times but thought it was due to eating too fast. Last night he threw up almost like foam. I found him sleeping in the litter box this morning. He’s now super weak and shaky when he walks. He takes a few steps close to the ground and then lays down. He feels almost lifeless when you pick him up. I’ve been giving him hair ball laxative and water through a dropper. No change though. I’m super worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dodger sounds like he needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. He could have an intestinal infection, systemic disease, or intestinal obstruction. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and get his started on any treatment to help him. I hope that he is okay.

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Chimoo
Himalayan
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My 14-year-old cat this past week has been lethargic but we adopted a kitten 3 weeks ago and we thought he was perhaps depressed. The last 2 days he is been spitting up foam so we took him to the vet and blood work was normal, they suggested x-rays for possible blockage and we’re waiting to do so. They administered anti-nausea medication along with appetite stimulant and he’s been eating and hasn’t thrown up any food. He still seems out of it and unsure if it is a blockage. Can they still eat food without vomiting ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Chimoo has a gastrointestinal obstruction we can expect more vomiting as the food would come back due to the obstruction; there are a few possible causes for the symptoms you’re describing which include obstruction, foreign objects, parasites, tumours, infections, dietary intolerance, liver disease among other causes. An x-ray would be valuable to look for any obstructions or other issues internally which will either confirm or rule out some diagnoses. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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smoky
Cat domestic
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No bowel movements

my cat was outside, might have ingested part of a bird or just not sure, he was in a lot of tummy pain for 24 hours that passed and he started eating and drinking however when i got home from work tonight,smoky threw up a little and doesn't seem to be able to poop at all now. Can i give him coconut oil or olive oil to help him or ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since we are not really sure what Smoky ate or what is working its way through his GI tract, it would be a good idea to have him examined to see what might be going on with him and if you have any cause for concern. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, see if he is having any problems that need attention, and recommend any treatments for him.

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Whiskers
Tuxedo
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
unfinished meals
Vomiting

Medication Used

none

My cat has lost weight over the past few months. He is 9 years old. He has been eating, but not finishing what I feed him. He occasionally vomits (the color of the food he ate). He has had diarrhea a couple of times over the past few months, but mostly his stools have been normal. He is not lethargic, shows no signs of pain, and frequently jumps on the couch with me. However, he is still not always finishing his food, and I can see his bones. I'm really starting to worry. Is this likely to be a foreign body (he's been known to try an eat small plastic wrappers) in his digestive system or is it something else. He's not showing any other symptoms.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Foreign objects are one possible cause, but other causes including parasites, infections, other types of obstructions, cancer, liver or kidney disease among other conditions; without examining Whiskers, having a good feel of his abdomen and possibly doing a blood test I cannot say specifically what the underlying cause is. It would be good to visit your Veterinarian especially with the level of weight loss you’ve noted. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trystan
Cat
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating

Hello. I believe my cat ate a lengthy streamer from a balloon. He is eating and drinking. Also found soft stool this morning. I don't have the funds that the vet in my area is requiring me to have up front just for a visit. Is it possible he will be ok? Or is there something I can do? I'm desperate for help in this matter. Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Trystan continues to eat and drink, and isn't vomiting, you may be okay to monitor him. he may pass the streamer. The problem will be if the streamer gets stuck, in which case he will need veterinary intervention. It might help to give him hairball remedy daily until the streamer passes to see if that will help. If he starts vomiting, develops bloody stools, or stops eating, he needs to be seen. Most clinics offer CareCredit as an option for payment, and you can apply online at home. I hope that he is okay.

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Leo Wonder DeRamo
American Longhair
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarhea inability to eat hard foods

I adopted a 7 week old kitten. He has a strong will to live initially I adopted him since he sought me out if needed belly rubbed to poo (which us still always diarhea) and for feeding of formula with a syringe as well as cuddles and warmth. He us 7 weeks, his siblings are all 2x his size weaned litter trained and except for 1 adopted ....he still needs belly rubbed to expel waste and is on formula and soft foods. He is a fighter and drinks water and plays and us loving but i worry how to help him. I have to wait for payday to take him to our humane society vet. Please help Leo Wonder.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible issues which may be causing Leo Wonder to have difficulty passing stool, however it would be best to visit the Veterinarian at the Humane Society since an examination would be best; I don’t want to recommend anything which may cause any pain or distress to him since I’ve not examined him myself and him being so young. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minnie
domestic short hair
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting diarrhoea

I was away overnight and this morning received from the person going in to feed my cat that she’d been sick at some point overnight but seemed okay in herself. She was fed some wet food and biscuits, on returning this evening, there was some diarrhoea in her litter tray but no more vomit anywhere. I have since found a pack of treats that she had found and broken in to, there was a piece of clear plastic missing from the pack and I can only assume she’s eaten it along with probably a good number of treats. She seems okay in her behaviour, her stomach feels soft and is still very interested in eating. Are the digestives symptoms more likely to be related to too many stolen treats? I am slightly concerned about intestinal blockage however, given the plastic she consumed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am assuming that the treats are cat treats, which may cause gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhoea when consumed in large amounts; also if anything nonfood (like a plastic wrapper) was consumed this may cause gastrointestinal tract irritation which may lead to diarrhoea as well. You should keep an eye on Minnie for the time being and visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pixie
Calico
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi my cat is pooping blood for the past two hours not a lot of blood just a little with her poop. But yesterday she stepping in a wax candle so she ate it off her paw. Could this effect her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The wax that Pixie ate could be upsetting her GI tract, or she could have parasites or an infection that needs to be treated. If the blood in her stool isn't resolving over the next 12-24 hours, or if she is vomiting or not wanting to eat, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what the best course of action for her is.

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B
Siamese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness,
Weakness, not wanting to eat

My cat is having troubles drinking it's like he's top weak to and he is peeing blood and is denying food. He has not ate for a day and a half. I don't know what to dom If you could help I would appreciate.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If B if urinating blood, not eating, and is too weak to drink, he really needs medical attention right away. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, see what is going on, and recommend any treatments that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Luna
Unknown
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

My cat ate a used dryer sheet yesterday and still hasn’t passed it. She’s a fairly large 10 year old cat. She’s been acting fine since though, eating and drinking. I am worried it will obstruct her GI tract though... what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dryer sheets may cause a gastrointestinal obstruction in many cases; also in some products which are treated with chemicals, there is also the risk of poisoning as well. Monitor Luna for the time being, but if she doesn’t pass the sheet or she develops any other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wolfy
Domestic long hair
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My 9 month old kitten had stomach surgery because he ate foreign objects (ribbon, carpet, bathroom carpet, string from clothes). He threw all of it up on his own but one piece, which was removed from his stomach. His surgery was on Thursday May 17, 2018. He was doing good so I got to bring him home on Monday, May 21, 2018. He has taken all of his medicine clavamox and anti inflammatory) except 2 flagyl pills (for small trace of c. diff - non toxic) and is playing, eating and drinking. Side note: he has had digestive issues since I brought him home at 11 weeks (bloody diaherra stools, constipation, vomiting bile). It wasn’t until I went to my new vet that I learned of the c. Diff bacteria this passed couple weeks. Fast forward to recent. He hasn’t gone poop since Friday, May 25, 2018 but had 2 other bowl movements prior. I had difficulty getting his medicine (flagyl) in him on Saturday night so I tried a little tuna in water. The following day, Sunday afternoon, May 27, 2018, he started to throw up after eating. The throw up was white foam with clear mucus and food. He is hungry so he keeps trying to eat and drink then throws up the white foamy clear mucus. I’ve contacted my vet and received a returned call to bring him in the morning as today is a holiday. Just wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences or advice. My little guy is playing attempting to eat and drink. Hopefully he doesn’t have another obstruction. Perhaps the tuna just didn’t agree with him. The vomiting has almost been going on for 24 hours (only when he eats) and had a little less than 12 hours after eating the tuna.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you gave normal human tinned tuna, the brine or the oil could of caused some irritation to the stomach especially if it was empty which would lead to vomiting; try to feed Wolfy some boiled chicken chunks to see if that helps with the vomiting and to calm the stomach. However, Wolfy should be alright until you see your Veterinarian in the morning and just try to keep him hydrated in the meantime. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Matty
tabby
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Took my cat to vets because one day he was fine the next day lethargic, kept an eye on him he was not eating or drinking after a few days we took him in the did blood work (came back normal) X-ray showed his intestines slightly enlarged they kept him over night and rehydrated him and said he ate a little. He has been drinking but still won't eat???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not unusual for a cat with gastrointestinal issues (inflammation, dilation, foreign objects etc…) to have a loss of appetite either from pain or lack of motility; it is important that Matty is encouraged to eat but I cannot think of anything else to recommend as I haven’t examined him myself, sometimes it takes time for the treatment to be effective and to see improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pastie
dsh
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation

Our 15 year old female DSH is having bowel movements less frequently than before. The vet at her last vaccination appt said she is either constipated or has a tumour. We’ve been given lactulose & liquid paraffin but she has only passed stool once in a week which was very dark & small in quantity. We have tried oily fish but she is turning her nose up at that (it maybe smells too strong for her liking). Is there anything else we can try before we take her back to our own vet for them to decide her fate ?? She is eating & drinking as normal otherwise and isn’t showing pain when being handled/touched or when In litter tray

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If lactulose and paraffin have been ineffective in easing defecation, then there really isn’t anything I can suggest; I think you should return to your Veterinarian and possibly have an x-ray or ultrasound done to determine the cause of the obstruction. Without examining Pastie myself I cannot really say what the best course of action would be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fortuna
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

I saw my cat with non food in her muth twice within five minutes. I think the fist thing was a piece of tape that fell out of her mouth and the I am not sure what thensecond thing was or if she swallowed it but it could have been a bit of string. Her food bowl was empty and she was acting frenzied

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Fortuna it is difficult to determine whether she consumed something or not; but the tape is concerning because if she swallowed some tape it may cause serious issues due to the ‘string foreign body’ problem. You should monitor Fortuna for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or she is showing signs of pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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