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post #1 of 17
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Please help. My 4 month old kitten has been throwing-up on and off for the past hour. I wasn't too worried the first time or 2 until I discovered what looked to be a worm in his vomit. I got really scared and saved it so I can show the vet. He threw-up again and there were more "worms". My dad says it's not an emergency but I don't feel good about it. At first I contributed the puking to me giving him some tuna around dinner time as a treat. He had never had it before. Also, he got into my egg mixture for scrambled eggs this morning and got about 2 licks out of it. I know I sound like a terrible mommy, but he's always getting into things. Any suggestions? SHould I take him in tonight?

-Lindsay
post #2 of 17
I would call your clinic ASAP and see what they think. It sounds to me like you should bring your kitty in because he's so young and they can dehydrate really easily.
post #3 of 17
Has he been given any worm medicine? If nothing else, I would call a vet (or emergency line, etc.) and ask their opinions. Good luck, and hope your boy gets to feeling better
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
No, he hasn't been given any medicine because this just started happeneing. He hasn't thrown-up now in a little while. He's acting completely normal. I jsut still don't know.
post #5 of 17
He does need to see a vet especially if he is throwing up worms.
post #6 of 17
As was already mentioned kittens can dehyrdrate very quickly. I would call a 24 hour vet clinic.
post #7 of 17
Personally, I would call a vet. ASAP. This could be life-threatening to a kitten.
post #8 of 17
He does need to see a vet but it is not an emergency at this point. Keep an eye on him overnight and plan to take him in to the regular vet first thing in the morning. If he shows signs that he is not doing well, though, then he needs to go to the emergency vet immediately.

Of course, there is no harm in taking him to the emergency clinic and he will benefit from starting on worm medicine right away. The cost will be considerably more, though, so if finances are tight it would be justifiable to hold off until morning and put the money you saved aside in case he ever does need emergency care.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by AshleyNicole
Has he been given any worm medicine? If nothing else, I would call a vet (or emergency line, etc.) and ask their opinions. Good luck, and hope your boy gets to feeling better
post #10 of 17
He is throwing up roundworms, probably because he was given medication that causes these worms to start dying. Once they start to die, they want to get out of the system so you will see them in vomit and stool. Roundworms take several applications of meds to be completely rid of. Make sure your kitten has plenty of water, and if possible try and get her to take some pedialyte. If the worms look like spaghetti, they are roundworms and them showing up in the vomit and stool is normal during deworming.
post #11 of 17
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He was not given any medication as of yet. The way I'm seeing it is that he has had these worms in him since the day I got him. I believe that something he ate today caused him to throw-up and I was just lucky enough to notice that they were there. I have a vet appointment today at 10 and I'm sure I'll find out more then. He was fine through the night and is great this morning. I'm just angry that I've never known that these were in his system. Thanks for all the feedback.
post #12 of 17
Glad he is still doing okay. Let us know how the vet goes today!
post #13 of 17
just hope it's nothing serious
keep us updated...
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mizzrapunzel
He was not given any medication as of yet. The way I'm seeing it is that he has had these worms in him since the day I got him. I believe that something he ate today caused him to throw-up and I was just lucky enough to notice that they were there. I have a vet appointment today at 10 and I'm sure I'll find out more then. He was fine through the night and is great this morning. I'm just angry that I've never known that these were in his system. Thanks for all the feedback.
It is pretty much safe to assume that all cats and kittens have worms unless you know that they have been dewormed recently.

You couldn't have really known that he had worms without seeing them. He has had them probably since birth but it seems that just recently the worm load became high enough that he started vomiting them.

When he is dewormed, be prepared to see him poop out a HUGE number of worms and probably vomit more worms as well. This is really scary looking but it is actually a good thing! It means that the worms are dying and his body is getting rid of the dead worms the only way it can. You want him to poop and throw up as many of those worms as he possibly can!

And, um, a bit of advice - don't plan to serve spaghetti for the next couple of days. I can guarantee that you won't have much of an appetite for it.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the messages everyone! Sebastian is doing just fine. The vet says he has worms (duh!) and that pretty much all kittens and puppies are born with them. I adopted Sebastian from a shelter where I thought they had wormed him already. Guess not! So anyways, the vet gave him some medication and gave me one to follow up on at the end of the month. I guess there's some new type of medication out that kills the wroms and doesn't make the cat poo or puke them out. Thank goodness, because I don't think I could handle that sight one more time.

Thanks again everyone!
post #16 of 17
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By the way... here is the picture of the man himself.
post #17 of 17
What a cutie!!!

Poor baby, its not nice when our loved ones are sick like that!
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