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Kitty-mystery vomiting??

mushi
October 17th, 2007, 03:07 PM
I really have found this forum informative in the past couple of days and figured I would throw out a question to see if anyone else has ever had the same experience.

We have a 5y old med hair dom. (spayed/indoor only) kitty that has been really healthy. Just had her most recent vaccinations a couple of weeks ago. Then we moved into a new house (just built). A couple of days ago she vomitted up after eating a very large dinner (bit of a pig). She does get hairballs so we initially thought everything was okay until she kept vomiting. This continued for another day so we brought her to an emergency vet clinic and they admitted her for IV fluids since she was a little bit dehydrated.

First they did blood work and x-rays but her blood was normal and xrays showed nothing. Then they told us that they needed to to ultrasound ($$$) but that would be able to tell them if she had any blockages in her intestines that would be causing all the vomiting (which had no still continued despite being giving anti-vomiting medicaiton). The doctors immediately called me with the ultrasound results saying that they say a "linear object" and needed to operate immediately since fluid was building up around it. It was super expensive (I am not rich by any means) but we do love our little kitty so I bit the bullet and told them they could do it because they were sure that was the problem.

Now they say there was no blockage found in her intestine. There was some fatty tissue and some fluids in her abdomen which they are currently biopsying and culturing but they have no idea what is wrong. She has recovered fine from surgery but is still vomiting. Maybe it is pancreatitis but they are not sure about it.

The vet docs are all nice but they are not talking to me at all (unless I make a real pain of myself). I don't know how much it costs to treat for pancreatitis- they are telling nothing ever since I applied for credit to help me pay for her surgery.

Has anyone ever had a cat vomit continuously without cause and still recover. We are at the end of our rope and have no idea what to do?:shrug:

Winston
October 17th, 2007, 03:18 PM
I really have found this forum informative in the past couple of days and figured I would throw out a question to see if anyone else has ever had the same experience.

We have a 5y old med hair dom. (spayed/indoor only) kitty that has been really healthy. Just had her most recent vaccinations a couple of weeks ago. Then we moved into a new house (just built). A couple of days ago she vomitted up after eating a very large dinner (bit of a pig). She does get hairballs so we initially thought everything was okay until she kept vomiting. This continued for another day so we brought her to an emergency vet clinic and they admitted her for IV fluids since she was a little bit dehydrated.

First they did blood work and x-rays but her blood was normal and xrays showed nothing. Then they told us that they needed to to ultrasound ($$$) but that would be able to tell them if she had any blockages in her intestines that would be causing all the vomiting (which had no still continued despite being giving anti-vomiting medicaiton). The doctors immediately called me with the ultrasound results saying that they say a "linear object" and needed to operate immediately since fluid was building up around it. It was super expensive (I am not rich by any means) but we do love our little kitty so I bit the bullet and told them they could do it because they were sure that was the problem.

Now they say there was no blockage found in her intestine. There was some fatty tissue and some fluids in her abdomen which they are currently biopsying and culturing but they have no idea what is wrong. She has recovered fine from surgery but is still vomiting. Maybe it is pancreatitis but they are not sure about it.

The vet docs are all nice but they are not talking to me at all (unless I make a real pain of myself). I don't know how much it costs to treat for pancreatitis- they are telling nothing ever since I applied for credit to help me pay for her surgery.

Has anyone ever had a cat vomit continuously without cause and still recover. We are at the end of our rope and have no idea what to do?:shrug:

Welcome Mushi!

Did your vet try other things before the surgery? like food changes
Does your cat eat dry / wet cat food? or home cooked foods? It almost sounds like they misread the x ray ? have you tried to get a second opinion or is she too sick to transport?

Cindy

mushi
October 17th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Mushi (that's her name, too -it means Mousie in Farsi) has not been able to eat without throwing up since Saturday (now almost 4days). She has been in the hospital since then. We feed her dry food mostly (Science diet-light formula). I know it's not the best but when she was little it was the only thing she would eat without throwing up and she has been a very happy, so far, healthy cat. If she recovers from this we may have to change this but right now the thing is to get her to stop vomiting bile and get on the road to recovery. Before this vomiting episode she was completely normal (super high energy and affectionate). I don't know what they are feeding her in the office. I find it very hard to get through to a doctor and the techs seem to only have limited info. I assume they are trying to feed her her something easily digestible and they have her on Zantac now (starting today) after the surgery.

I'm so scared it's something from the new house. The house has dry wall dust all over and the move was quite chaotic. However, the vets keep saying her blood work shows no issues-normal liver function, normal kidneys, normal pancreatic enzymes (which troubles me since they are now saying pancreatitis).

Winston
October 17th, 2007, 03:52 PM
Did you get a copy of the blood panel...Honestly there are some really experienced people on this forum and they may be able to help you read it.. I had one done on my cat about a month ago and did not understand it...

I guess the Zantac is for the tummy! I used to take that for an ulcer?? If it was the house something would have come out of the surgery? She could have an allergy to the food...and I know you dont want to deal with that right now but you need to start reading! Trust me there are so many things / issues with respect to food...alot of cats and dogs have grain allergy's and stuff like that!

My dog had a very sensitive tummy for 7 years and since I removed the grain and gluten from his diet and gave him a more sustainable meat meal he no longer needs the vet gastro food. He used to vomit bile all the time along with the most runny poop! sorry it sounds gross...I am not saying that is your solution but something to consider...As for what they are feeding her..it is likely a Hills vet prescribed food and they will most likely tell you she must be out on it??

Cindy

mushi
October 17th, 2007, 04:12 PM
Thanks so much for your info- really I'm just so scared right now and frustrated so having anyone acknowledge my venting really helps.

I did see the blood analysis results with the GP at the clinic and I'm also somewhat of a scientist so some of it made sense to me. They showed me that her enzyme levels were within normal ranges for various organs, her amylase was a bit off which was a concern and she was also anemic. But the doctor attributed some of that to her dehydration and the incessant vomitting. I know that pancreatitis is really difficult to diagnose without a biopsy but as far as I know they now have that biopsy but I don't know how they are treating her.

I really want to bring her out of the clinic but she is only 24hr post op so I'm scared of moving her. I know that she would be more happy at home but I think they still have her on IV since she can injest almost nothing. The clinic is the best here in Ottawa, 24hrs with lots of specialist etc. but I'm scared that all the tests they are running are soon going to bankrupt us.

Winston
October 17th, 2007, 04:25 PM
Thanks so much for your info- really I'm just so scared right now and frustrated so having anyone acknowledge my venting really helps.

I did see the blood analysis results with the GP at the clinic and I'm also somewhat of a scientist so some of it made sense to me. They showed me that her enzyme levels were within normal ranges for various organs, her amylase was a bit off which was a concern and she was also anemic. But the doctor attributed some of that to her dehydration and the incessant vomitting. I know that pancreatitis is really difficult to diagnose without a biopsy but as far as I know they now have that biopsy but I don't know how they are treating her.

I really want to bring her out of the clinic but she is only 24hr post op so I'm scared of moving her. I know that she would be more happy at home but I think they still have her on IV since she can injest almost nothing. The clinic is the best here in Ottawa, 24hrs with lots of specialist etc. but I'm scared that all the tests they are running are soon going to bankrupt us.


I wish you luck! and thank goodness you know a little bit....Why are they not responding to you? Are they very busy there? I would be afraid to move her as well considering your not sure what you are dealing with...There is some information recently posted here about pancreatitus but with respect to dogs..I am not familiar with it so much. The costs sometimes are scary! but honestly....I would have done the exact same thing as you! no money or not! thats what credit is there for! The bill can be paid later....just see how things go? and be sure to take a deep breath because your probably overwhelmed right now! I know I would be...

Cindy