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post #1 of 48
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I guess I am looking for ideas here to ease my mind... I took Peekaboo to the vet an hour ago and had to drop her off and leave her bc my job wouldn't let me off. I felt like a jerk leaving her bc she is frightened of other people but I didn't have a choice... She vomited earlier this morning. I don't know what time... I found it after I woke up. She has spit up white foam right next to it. A couple minutes later I caught her spitting up in the hallway and and a couple minutes after that spitting up again. I was afraid she was going to dehydrate and not be able to keep anything down so I took her straight to the vet. Im waiting for a call to let me know what it is... she has been coughing for the past two months... and the vet already ruled out asthma, heart murmurs, and respiratory infection from previous visits only to diagnose the cough. I have read in two different places that it ended up being a tumor for other cat owners with the same issue with white foam.. .. she will be one in may and I have had her since she was five weeks old.. im nervous and scared.

The vet called just now to make sure it was okay to do xrays. I said yea... she said she will call me back if she find anything
post #2 of 48
So sorry to hear she's not feeling well. Did u hear back from the vet?
post #3 of 48
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Yes. She couldn't find anything wrong with her. They did Xrays and checked to make sure she didn't swallow anything... she was completely clean. She gave anti-nausea meds and a shot of antibiotics just to be safe...
post #4 of 48

Have they looked into heartworm? Coughing can be a sign of heartworm in cats since the worms tend to live in the lungs in cats instead of the heart. I do think the worms would be seen on the x-rays though but I'm not 100% sure.

 

It's entirely possible that the vomiting is completely unrelated to the cough. Spitting up foam happens. Could she have gotten into something that could be poisonous?

 

If I were you, since she's been coughing for two months which is not normal, I would take her for a second opinion to a cat specialist for a thorough exam. Maybe an ultrasound of her lungs would be in order.

post #5 of 48
Sorry your kitty has been unwell. I was going to suggest the same thing as Ziggy'smom - get a heartworm bloodtest done. Did the vet suggest heartworm as a possibility? The vomiting might be unrelated to the coughing - it is hard to say. I hope your kitty will be alright - glad the xrays were clean. vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #6 of 48

Sometimes spittling up that white foam is because they have over acidity in their tummies due to whatever.  In my Sven's case, it's due to CRF, and I give him Pepcid AC twice a day (per his Vet), plus have to make sure he has something in his stomach often, even if it's just a couple of treats.  Does your girl go a very long time between meals?  (just trying to think of all possibilities here)

post #7 of 48
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She started squirting water anally last night. She did it this morning too so I packed her up and took her back. I got the better vet when I went. He double checked her xrays from yesterday and said that she has a thick spot and it looks like an obstruction. He redid her xrays and the obstruction was still there. He is keeping her until this afternoon and doing the xrays again. He said if the obstruction doesn't get smaller that we need to discuss surgery. She chews on everything so there is no telling what she swallowed.

He checked her heart for murmurs when I took her the last time.. she was clean.
post #8 of 48
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Peeka also has access to dry food 24/7. She and her big sister get one can of fancy feast each at night.
post #9 of 48

Wow! I can't believe the vet said that the x-rays are clear when she has an obstruction! This is a good example of why second opinions are so important when you are dealing with something serious or potentially serious. I'm glad Peekaboo is at the vet right now. Obstructions can be very serious, even fatal. Sometimes surgery is not required but sometimes it is. I hope you won't have to deal with that but if it's needed to save Peekaboo's life it has to be done. I'll keep you and Peekaboo in my thoughts and hope everything will go well.

post #10 of 48
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Vet just called. He said the obstruction hasn't moved. Its also formed a gas pocket. He is going to do exploratory surgery. I should know more ins about two
hours.
post #11 of 48
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Originally Posted by Ziggy'smom View Post

Wow! I can't believe the vet said that the x-rays are clear when she has an obstruction! This is a good example of why second opinions are so important when you are dealing with something serious or potentially serious. I'm glad Peekaboo is at the vet right now. Obstructions can be very serious, even fatal. Sometimes surgery is not required but sometimes it is. I hope you won't have to deal with that but if it's needed to save Peekaboo's life it has to be done. I'll keep you and Peekaboo in my thoughts and hope everything will go well.

I know. I have given this vet three chances and she has messed up everytime. The first time was when she poked Peekaboo through the skin when she was getting her boosters and shot the vaccine all over table. Then my mother in law took her dog who stank to high heaven and she couldn't figure out. She took him back to the next day to the other vet who just smelled him and knew he had a yeast infection. And then missing the xrays yesterday. I just hope she will be alright.
post #12 of 48
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Update:

They are keeping her overnight. =[ they didn't find anything though. He said she had a lot of gas in her appendix which could be a problem. He will talk more about it tomorrow. I have to call to pick her up around 10.
post #13 of 48

I am sorry your kitty is going through this. I can't believe they didn't find an obstruction when thr vet said there was one. I wonder too if she ingested anything posionus? Sending hugs and prayers to you for sweet Peekaboo.

post #14 of 48
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We keep all our cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.. and all other dangerous stuff stays down stairs in the garage.... she is strictly inside... I just don't know what she could have gotten into..
post #15 of 48
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We keep all our cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.. and all other dangerous stuff stays down stairs in the garage.... she is strictly inside... I just don't know what she could have gotten into..


 

Has she had any treats or any different food that could cause gas?

post #16 of 48
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No... she has been on the same food and treats since we got her at five weeks... the only recent change is I moved to clumping litter because she is so picky about having a sparkling clean litter box.
post #17 of 48

I have read of cats eating litter, could that be possible?

post #18 of 48
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She doesn't flat out eat litter but I have seen her pick up some pieces and carry them around her mouth. She chews on everything.. But she doesn't really eat it. Im sure she swallows things on accident since she's constantly putting stuff in her mouth... the litter is tidy cats 24/7 performance clumping litter.
post #19 of 48
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The vet is keeping her again until she has a bowel movement. frown.gif
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post #21 of 48

grouphug2.gif to you.

post #22 of 48
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Thank you. I am worried sick about my baby. frown.gif
post #23 of 48
Poor baby. Lots of vibes going out to her and you!
post #24 of 48

I'm so sorry all this is happening. Poor Peekaboo. I hope she'll be able to go potty soon. If she doesn't get better soon though I would take her to a cat specialist for a second opinion. In my experience most vets have the most experience in treating dogs and are a bit clueless about cats. Specialists charge a bit more but it's worth it. An ultrasound may be in order to see if there is something somewhere else.

I hope the reason the vet didn't find anything was because it's no longer there. Cats can easily get obstructions from hairballs and that's just something that happens. I don't think poisoning would show up as an obstruction. If Peekaboo does pick up kitty litter with her mouth though chances are that some does get swallowed and that is not good. It expands in the stomach and can get lodged there. I had a foster dog that ate cat litter and got an obstruction. She didn't intend to eat the litter, it just came with the poop she got into, so I don't think she could have eaten that much but it was enough to cause a problem. I suspect that it added up over time. Maybe the same thing happened with Peekaboo. If she will accept it you may want to try using S'wheat Scoop litter as that is safe to swallow. It actually works pretty well. I think World's Best Cat Litter is also safe to swallow and that stuff is also really good

Please keep us updated on Peekaboo's progress.

post #25 of 48
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Thank you for the response. I will look into those litters... it id really the only thing she could be getting into.


Peekaboo came.home this morning. She totally active and moving around. She missed her mommy a lot bc she wanted a ton of pets and has been purring non atop since she got here. smile.gif
post #26 of 48

Yay glad she is home! I just bought Swheat Scoop litter from Petsmart. $1 off with your perks card.

post #27 of 48
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I do have a concern... she is twitching when she starts to fall asleep. Can that be a side effect of anthesia from the surgery?
post #28 of 48
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I called the vet and asked. He said it was normal after undergoing anthesia.
post #29 of 48
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I called the vet and asked. He said it was normal after undergoing anthesia.


Well, that's a relief!  So...how's she doing today?

 

post #30 of 48
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She is doing okay.not eating as well as she should.. but she is eating I sat in the floor with her and offered her treats and meat. She nibbled a little off of each. She also can't jump because of her being cut open... she prefers to drink out of the toilet in her bathroom.. (we don't use it. Its just for the cats and litter boxes. Lol.) So I have had to pick her up and put her on the toilet and she drank A LOT. she has fresh water in a bowl and she knows it but she prefers the toilet... she didn't drink a lot of the bowl when I sat in the kitchen with her. And she wanted me to pick her up and put her on the toilet this morning too... I am always thirsty after my surgeries.. so I think its normal... but I have been pretty attuned to her needs and she slept cuddled up in my arms last night. She's doing alright but I suspect it will be a while before she is her crazy self again.
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