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post #1 of 12
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I was just wondering everyone here's experiences.

I've already had her checked and apparently she's fine (she's 17) and we were suggested to feed her slowly, so instead of two meals of wet per day, we put her on four meals of wet spread out.

Recently she started vomitting after every meal again.

What are your experiences and ideas???
post #2 of 12
Damita is a barfer. Someone on TCS asked....does she eat fast? If so, she could simply be regurgitating not actually vomiting....

Any history of hairball problems?

The vet doesn't know why Damita does this, but she's on pred long term.....quality of life not quantity for her.
post #3 of 12
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I've been giving her hairball medicine in those little treats (she hates the gel stuff although I do use it when she's throwing up too much becaus eI have no idea what to do).

The vet told me that as cats age sometimes their digestive tracts just become more sensitive....I'm trying to find some solutions to make her stop.
post #4 of 12
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Also, I don't know if this means anything...but she urinates more than anything I've ever seen.

I scoop everyone's litter box daily with Tidy Cats Scooping litter (love love love the stuff!!!) and her urine clumps are so enormous I have to scrape and scrape the box to get the clay to unstick to it.

With all my other cats, they're perfectly round little clumps.

When the vet took a urine sample from her, he said it was perfect, almost perfectly clear which meant she was very well hydrated and no signs of infection.

Has anyone heard of a cat peeing this much and could the two have ANYTHING to do with each other???
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by DaniMarie View Post
The vet told me that as cats age sometimes their digestive tracts just become more sensitive....I'm trying to find some solutions to make her stop.
That was my experience with my elderly cat who recently passed away. Some foods made her vomit less than others, though. Have you tried different brands?
Maybe a simple food like California Natural or a sensitive stomach formula would help. And, has she had blood work? Peeing more could indicate several different health problems, which might be causing the vomiting.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by momto3cats View Post
That was my experience with my elderly cat who recently passed away. Some foods made her vomit less than others, though. Have you tried different brands?
Maybe a simple food like California Natural or a sensitive stomach formula would help. And, has she had blood work? Peeing more could indicate several different health problems, which might be causing the vomiting.
I was just going to suggest something like that. My 2 that are 10 yrs old do better on simpler formulas, for kibble anyway-- like Nutro Max roasted chicken or Sensible Choice chicken meal and rice. My guys seem to have more issues with dry food. But Nabu can't have more than 1 meal with wheat gluten or he gets the runs. I was mixing Pro Plan senior kibble in but I think I'm going to have to stop as he's had messy britches lately (it has wheat gluten in it). Raven was off his food so we had bought it to mix in a while back.
post #7 of 12
Gee I hate to sound like the "crf" lady on this forum, but did your vet tell you what the specific gravity was of the urine sample? As a nurse (retired), I know that almost clear urine = dilute urine, and that may mean she's not concentrating her urine.

Increased volume of urine, urine dilution and yes, nausea/vomitting, especially in a senior catizen, can be signs of waning kidney function.

Please see the sticky at the top of this forum on CRF, follow the links and do some reading.

If your vet did not do a senior panel as part of her recent bloodwork, to check kidney function, I would def. request that be done.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
Gee I hate to sound like the "crf" lady on this forum, but did your vet tell you what the specific gravity was of the urine sample? As a nurse (retired), I know that almost clear urine = dilute urine, and that may mean she's not concentrating her urine.

Increased volume of urine, urine dilution and yes, nausea/vomitting, especially in a senior catizen, can be signs of waning kidney function.

Please see the sticky at the top of this forum on CRF, follow the links and do some reading.

If your vet did not do a senior panel as part of her recent bloodwork, to check kidney function, I would def. request that be done.
DITTO minus the being a nurse part
post #9 of 12
The dilute urine makes me wonder CRF as well....
post #10 of 12
My senior RB cat also had issues with keeping food down sometimes and he was on longterm preds for quality of life. Our vet suggested samll meals 3-6 times a day and to elevate the food and water dishes to help him digest the food better. Also he was on food for sensitive tummy and allergies.

As for the urine, I'll pass and let those with more experience answer. Though you might get a complete senior panel and exam and have them test for CRF, complete kidney functions and diabetes.
post #11 of 12
In addition to CRF, hyperthyroidism is also a possibility--a lot of hyperT cats drink more than normal, resulting in dilute urine, and some of them develop IBD/IBS as well. Has a senior panel been done recently to check kidney and thyroid values?
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
I haven't done a senior panel.
I just don't have the money right now.

I'm s/n four cats we took in and my Sophie's surgery is today.

We're broke.

Her last trip to the vet they didn't even mention a senior panel, I made a post about what an awful experience it was because I was concerned about her and he gave her a clean bill of health charging me $491 without doing any kind of blood-work or anything.

That's neither here nor there.

I have really really bad luck with vets.
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