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Old August 9th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Hello Kitty losing weight and just started throwing up

These things always happen at the worst times I'm currently not working neither is my husband very worried about my cat. Char was always very happy and quite fat. We are from Washington state and he always liked to eat birds and mice, was always bringing them in the house. We move to Arizona, been here about 3 years now and don't have a vet. Recently I've noticed that even though sure is eating a lot, he's losing weight. Today he threw up. Very worried about him and looking for some assistance on what test to do to find out what's wrong with him and keep cost down at the same time. I love but my husband lost his job and I did too! I very much hate that I have to keep cost down at a time when he needs help so please any help I really would appreciate I want to help my baby. Like I said he eats a lot, seems to drink a lot of water, is going to the bathroom a lot, and today he threw up!! Thank you very much
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Old August 9th, 2013, 04:55 PM
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At this point, I'm afraid your best option is to find a local vet, and the sooner the better. The weight loss, in particular, is troubling. I'd start with a stool sample to rule out parasites--probably not very expensive. A general blood test and blood chemistry profile would probably help a lot, and a urinalysis. It would at least help rule out things like kidney failure or diabetes. Of course, the more tests you do, the more it will cost. Maybe the vet will let you set up some sort of payment plan so that you can spread the costs out over more time?
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Old August 9th, 2013, 05:03 PM
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It's not worms, I would have seem that. Could it be a different parasite? I'm afraid the one thing I have learned about Arizona if that no ones gonna give credit, especially a vet. This is a horrible place to live. I know blood test, I was hoping someone could give me some specific ones to ask for to look for diabetics, kidney or something like that. As it is now it has to wait through the week end. Any ideas on food to keep down between now and then? I gave him some milk...

I should add. He has always eaten a lot. He howls at night to make us get up and feed him. We lived in Mexico for a year two and a half years ago and because of what I had to feed the dogs there, Char got used to wet food. I feed him fancy feast and meow mix. I mix them together. He goes through 4 cans a day. I know it's not the best food but between the dogs who eat Wellness wet mixed with Grain Free Simply Nourish, I spend a ton on pet food... I will check back a little later... thanks in advance.

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Old August 9th, 2013, 06:37 PM
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You need to go to the vet right away . is he drinking any water if not he could be getting dehydration . A animal lose fluid when they vomit a lot . He could had ate something toxic or maybe a rodent that been poisoned. Your cat can't wait for someone to tell you what to do .
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Old August 9th, 2013, 09:26 PM
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I wouldn't hurt to call around to the vets in your area and ask about a payment plan, beachin. Seriously--I think the vet visit is a must at this point. Even though funds are tight, I'd strongly suggest at least a urinalysis and a stool analysis. Unfortunately, because you don't have a vet right now, there will likely be an office call fee (once you're an established customer at a vet, they might allow you to just bring in a stool sample and some free catch urine if you can get it, but as a new customer, the vet is likely going to insist on seeing your cat the first visit).

A urinalysis would pick up diabetes (sugar spills into the urine) and might be able to pick up kidney problems (specific gravity can tell you a lot about the kidneys). Some worms are difficult to find in the stool--and some parasites are blood-borne so they wouldn't show in the stool at all. But you can often rule out things like tapeworms, hookworms, etc, with a simple fecal analysis.

Milk is probably not a good idea. I don't have a lot of cat experience, but as I understand it, many of them are lactose intolerant.

Wet food is better than dry for cats, I know--and the less grain in the food, the better. Cats are obligate carnivores, so they need meat. Many cats do really well on a raw meat diet. I'm hoping some of our cat gurus will sign on later to give you some advice.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 10:17 PM
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He needs at the least a blood test and a urine test. You should be able to get a basic blood test and urinalysis for around a 100.00. No milk, most cats can't tolerate cows milk. If he's been eating things like mice, good chance he has parasites, even if you can't see them in his poop. I had a cat come down with bartonellosis from a flea bite, he used to go out in a run. Very nasty, it's a blood parasite. Very bland diet, baby food, check that it doesn't have any onion or garlic. You can add some plain chicken stock.
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