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Jamie's sick - wet, dry, or no food?

post #1 of 24
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Jamie vomited twice very early this morning, and has diarrhea. My regular vet is away, so I called the emergency vet, who told me he wouldn't see him, because it's not an emergency, and to just not feed him for 24 hours, and bring him in on Monday. Easier said than done, because Jamie wants to eat, and has been begging for the past few hours. I gave him some chicken and rice with lots of fluid to prevent dehydration, but he doesn't want that, and is pestering for dry food and cat milk (his usual breakfast, which he didn't get this morning).
He seems pretty perky, and hasn't had the runs for several hours. Do you think I should risk it?
post #2 of 24
Tricia been there before when mine had an upset tummy once

My vet said exactly the same as yours, nothing to eat for 24 hours but to make sure they have a bowl of water and make sure that they drink, then give them something bland like chicken or boiled fish.

It's hard isn't it when they look at you with those big sorrowful eyes

Thats terrible though that they won't see you, it's not as if they won't get paid for it!.
post #3 of 24
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Weekends they only see dire emergencies, which I doubt this is, because otherwise he wouldn't be pestering for food. He doesn't have a fever, either. I'm just worried because this cat has only been sick once in his life, after drinking pond water, which I know wasn't the case this time.
Oh, well - I guess this means boiled salmon tomorrow.
post #4 of 24
When Sophie had her upset tummy i couldn't understand why, and asked the vet how because she's an indoor cat?.

The vet said they can pick germs up from something simple like sniffing at our shoes. Now that evening when i left work to catch my train, some vagrant had urinated in the lift because they've been caught many times and the smell can be terrible and when the vet said that to me it was that very night late on when Sophies tummy got upset, so now the first things that come off are my shoes and my hands are always washed before i scritch them.
post #5 of 24
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Susan, I hadn't thought of that. We take our shoes off as soon as we get home, but there was a lot of "traffic" here yesterday - our niece and nephew were here all morning, and my m-i-l stopped by yesterday afternoon. At any rate, he's eaten a little bit of chicken and quieted down.
post #6 of 24
I'm sorry Jamie hasn't been feeling well. I hope he's all better now!
post #7 of 24
Reading this, I realise what a good custom it is here, that everyone automatically takes their shoes off when entering any house, and the host provides slippers or thick socks for people to wear if they want. It keeps the house much cleaner too! I do hope Jamie feels better soon.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
Reading this, I realise what a good custom it is here, that everyone automatically takes their shoes off when entering any house, and the host provides slippers or thick socks for people to wear if they want. It keeps the house much cleaner too! I do hope Jamie feels better soon.
That's generally the custom here, too, Jenny. The kids always take their shoes off, but I told them not to yesterday, because they were wearing sandals (Jamie loves to bite bare feet), and I was planning on steam cleaning the floors yesterday afternoon anyway. I did, but it might not have been soon enough. If he's not better tomorrow, I'll take him to my vet Monday. He can't be feeling too bad, because he's been playing, and he begged for his walk outside this afternoon. Right now he's in bed with my husband, lying belly up and snoring away.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by jcat
Right now he's in bed with my husband, lying belly up and snoring away.
Awwwwwww. If ever we were sick and slept a lot, my mum used to say that sleep was a good form of medicine, so it can't do Jamie any harm to let his body rest and get his tummy back to normal
post #10 of 24
Get well Jamie
post #11 of 24
I just read this - sorry Jaime was not feeling well. Sounds like you have it under control, hopefully his next stools will be normal.

Btw, I giggled at the description of him belly up and snoring. When we showed Denebola as a kitten, I remember one show where in the hotel that night, he fell sleep between us, on his back, and was snoring
post #12 of 24
i also hope that your jamie will feel better soon and take care!
post #13 of 24
as for food ... hamburger /chn and rice..
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by sharky
as for food ... hamburger /chn and rice..
I don't have any hamburger on hand, and the stores are closed till tomorrow (no retailers are open on Sunday here), but I'll remember for future reference. His bowels are still a bit loose, but he's not throwing up, and is certainly energetic - he ran around from 5 a.m. till about 11:30 a.m.. Thanks for the good wishes
post #15 of 24
He sounds fine doesn't he, little olympic sprinter there
post #16 of 24
Sending Get Well vibes for Jamie! Sounds like he his on the mend .

Welcome Back! It's nice to see you back on again! Hope you have a lovely time !
post #17 of 24
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Thanks! Jamie seemed fine yesterday and this morning, but wasn't doing that well when I got home from work this afternoon. The diarrhea is back, and he spit up again, though this time it was only a giant hairball. Do your cats also "announce" that they're going to vomit or have the runs? Anyway, he has a vet's appointment tomorrow at 5 p.m..
post #18 of 24
I'm sorry to hear that. My kittens go up and down too. I do hope Jamie cat is soon really on the mend.
post #19 of 24
Hope you feel better soon precious Jamie!!
post #20 of 24
mine certainly don't announce, unless you mean the upchucking noise...
certainly hope he's better soon
post #21 of 24
Trisha i know his bowel probably doesn't have anything to do with him being sick, but do you think that the hairball could have been the problem in that department?!.

Rosie's coughed up spit before then a couple of days later the hairball would come up
post #22 of 24
Hope he feels better soon. Some of mine do announce they are going to throw up in a way, they let me know they feel nauseous by doing a lot of lip licking and utter a low cry and then commence...
post #23 of 24
heh, when teufel threw up a large hairball it contained my hair too

jamie i hope you feel beter soon
post #24 of 24
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I've been wondering if the vomiting had anything to do with the hairball, which Jamie very rarely spits up. I comb him every day, but my husband only did it once or twice a week while I was away. Fran, do you think Teufel might be getting into your hairbrush? One of my sister's cats loves to pull the hair out of hairbrushes or combs and eat it.
Jamie had an antibiotic shot and an anti-spasmodic shot at the vet's, and has to fast this evening, which he's not happy about. I took a stool sample in, but won't get the results back until Thursday. The vet suspects he was exposed to the human stomach "bug" that's been going around. She's had a couple of cases of cats with diarrhea/stomach upset recently, and in most cases somebody in the family was ill. Her partner is out sick with it right now.
I asked her if it were better to feed canned or dry food in a case like this, seeing as Jamie doesn't like boiled chicken. She said very small amounts of canned spread throughout the day were better, but remarked that that was because she knew that Jamie gets almo, which is just meat or fish with at most (1%) a little bit of rice. Otherwise it wouldn't make much difference, provided the food was very high quality with little grain.
I just ordered 30 kg. of litter - I can't believe how much I've gone through the past few days.
Jamie has this really strange meow, rather loud, that he reserves to inform me that he's going to upchuck or race to the litter box with the runs. That's what I meant about "announcing". He's been doing it since he was little.
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