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Vomiting Cat

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Greetings! Happy to find this cat forum!!

My 7 year old kitty is having an issue that started just over this last Saturday nite.

He came in early sunday AM from outside and was coughing hard and gagging. He could lay there for just a few minutes on our bed and then would sort of stick his throat out and do a little cough thing. Then he would have to get up and throw up. He did this many times. He was only throwing up bile, nothing else.

We right away thot he must have a hairball, as our other cats have this happening once in awhile. However, he just coughs up bile, no hair ball.

He shows signs of being hungry, and will try to eat something and IMMEDIATELY throw it up. Dosent matter if it is solids or liquids. So, yes, dehydration could start to be an issue.

EArly in the AM today, I took him to a local emergency hospital, where they confirmed that he had not gotten into poison, and that he was stable. I then took him to a local vet (Banfield Pet Clinic).

I often get frustrated, as it seems like SO MUCH money gets spent doing one diagnostic after another. Pretty soon, you have spent $600 and STILL dont know what you have!! A blood draw and an Xray was suggested, and I opted to start with the Xray first, as I felt that my kitty was throwing up right after food or water, leading me to believe that he had a blockage of some sort.

He is also showing strong signs of discomfort when his trachea is pushed. He will cry in pain when you manipulate it. Hmmmm.

Well, of course, the Xray came back clear. The vet said that he could see that he could not get a clear look at the liver,, and then (of course) said we should probably do a blood test. He also said that he would suggest having ANOTHER xray done with a dye that would show up in the Xray showing if there was a celar passage or not. This would cost another whopping 3 - $400.00. Hmmm. Now why don't they do that right away, rather than 'alacarting' every procedure.

So, I am in a quandry. I have this gut feeling that there seems to be something blocking his pipe or embedded. His vitals are all good, nice pink gums, and he has an appetite, just cant get things to go down, even liquids. He can produce bile by coughing tho, so something can get thru coming up. And, it literally happened over night.

Does anyone out there think a blood test round is neccessary, or should I just go for an endoscopy?

Any thots would be appreciated!! Thanks!

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If you do the blood tests, I would suggest that you ask that they test for pancreatic enzymes. Otherwise, the blood test they run will show general organ function--which will let you know if you have other problems, like kidney failure or liver issues. Is the vet able to feel any kind of mass? Did the first x-ray show anything in the bowel (feces, gas, etc)? It's really tough to know what tests to run, and sometimes you end up running everything just to rule out all the possibilities.

If it were my cat, I would probably do the endoscopy since everything came on so suddenly. You might also ask the vet whether trying some Pepcid might help your kitty keep food and fluids down.
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