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Please Advise, Cat is Dry Heaving

post #1 of 25
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Hi, my cat is 7-years old and has been very healthy. We just got a new kitten who is sneezing but in good spirits. The 7-year old as of yesterday has been coughing like he is going to throw up but then nothing comes out but clear stuff (saliva or bile). First I thought he got sick from the new kitten, but now I think he swallowed something he can't throw up?

I don't know what to do, I keep trying to open his mouth and pull out whatever he's swallowing back down. I gave him some high quality olive oil today on instinct though I don't if that's good or what. Please, if anyone has advice or has had experience with this situation, please share.
post #2 of 25
Please at the very least call the nearest er vet or your vet ....
post #3 of 25
my cat had the same symptoms when I first got him. He was sneezing and throughing up yellow/clear bile and it turned out to be a uri.
post #4 of 25
One word- starts with a V ends with a T
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Sharky for getting back so quickly. I'll let you know what happens.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi Meowsers Mom,

Interesting. He's not sneezing (the kitten is) but I'd never think the dry heaves could be connected to a uri. Thanks for your support.
post #7 of 25
I'm dealing with a cat with URI right now and she had what seemed to be "dry heaves" before she got really sick. The sneezes are also a possible sign of URI so your kitten may be infected too. I would suggest taking BOTH of your babies to the vet right away. Good luck !
post #8 of 25
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Update: I spoke directly with a holistic cat veterinarian, and she said to not bring Valentine in yet. She said that because the discharge he is dry heaving is clear, and because he has begun to eat regularly again today, and because it has not been 5-7 days yet, to wait.

She also said that it doesn't sound like something he got from Blueberry (the kitten) but like a hairball that won't come out, and to buy a hairball remedy like (I think she said) "Laxatone" or "Petrinal"

She also said that it sounds like Blueberry has an upper resp. and that because he is eating and playing regularly, don't come in but just keep a watch on it.

Does anyone have a recommendation on hairball remedies or anything else I can buy today (vitamins, minerals, etc.) to help my guys?

Thanks again!
post #9 of 25
I would think if the kitten as a URI then she should be on antibiotics.

I've always had good luck with laxatone for hairballs and they like the flavor. Is there any eye goop on the kitten? If so then colloidal silver might help as eye drops (I was able to prevent a URI flareup in a kitten using this tip). If you see a holoistic vet then they might suggest similar. It is a naturally occuring antibiotic that won't hurt the immune system. It can also be put in the water and food but I'd ask the vet first about dosing... Bee pollen can help boost the immune system. I'm really into natural remedies but I always fall back to antibiotics if I think its necessary. I mostly use herbal remedies as a preventative measure.
post #10 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I would think if the kitten as a URI then she should be on antibiotics.

I've always had good luck with laxatone for hairballs and they like the flavor. Is there any eye goop on the kitten? If so then colloidal silver might help as eye drops (I was able to prevent a URI flareup in a kitten using this tip). If you see a holoistic vet then they might suggest similar. It is a naturally occuring antibiotic that won't hurt the immune system. It can also be put in the water and food but I'd ask the vet first about dosing... Bee pollen can help boost the immune system. I'm really into natural remedies but I always fall back to antibiotics if I think its necessary. I mostly use herbal remedies as a preventative measure.
Hi, I didn't think the kitten has a URI, he's the one who is sneezing. Yes, his eyes are teary too. However he's an Exotic and that's common for Persians in general. Thanks for the tip of the colloidal silver, I'll try it.

I'm so glad you've written because I can learn a lot from you. I'm really into herbal remedies for myself and other humans and I'd love to apply them to cats as soon as I learn what is OK and what is not OK for them.

I've been giving Valentine (big cat) the hairball remedy but he is still trying to cough up the hairball and I'm starting to think he's got a URI. While he ate early in the morning yesterday, he wouldn't eat much or touch his water----OMG as I'm writing this I heard a noise, and he's drinking his water right now!

Anyway, when I was in the bathroom with him last night he only peed a tiny amount, but then again it could have been because he was trying to get away from taking the hairball remedy (he hates it).

I will keep an eye on him. Can I give him cranberry juice?
post #11 of 25
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Good news! He's eating! And I just saw in the litter box that he's made runny poops--runny from all the Laxa-stat I gave him yesterday.

I think part of the problem has been that when the new kitten (Blueberry) is around, Valentine, yields to him whenever Blueberry wants food or the litter box. And Blueberry follows Valentine wherever he goes, so whenever it's Valo's turn to eat, Blueb'll be right behind him, even when he's already eaten, and then Valo will leave and Blueb will eat Valo's portion.

What I've been doing lately is whenever I make food for Valo, I put Blueb in the bathroom with the door closed. He doesn't like it, but at least Valo gets to eat his own food.
post #12 of 25
That sounds like a good idea. I have to keep Rocket and Mica seperated during eating times, and they hate that, for the next few days because Rocket is on special food for the next few days.
I try and give Mica to my boyfriend to play while Rocket is in the other room eating his food. Then I do the same with Rocket when Mica eats the regular food.
post #13 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sims2fan
That sounds like a good idea. I have to keep Rocket and Mica seperated during eating times, and they hate that, for the next few days because Rocket is on special food for the next few days.
I try and give Mica to my boyfriend to play while Rocket is in the other room eating his food. Then I do the same with Rocket when Mica eats the regular food.
Thanks, it seems to be working. Only....are little kittens supposed to eat this much? I'm concerned he's either got worms or doesn't know when to stop eating? No matter how much is in the bowl, she seems to want to eat the whole thing herself! And whenever I put food down for Valentine an hour or more after she has eaten, she seems to be ready for more!
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by bloob & valo
Thanks, it seems to be working. Only....are little kittens supposed to eat this much? I'm concerned he's either got worms or doesn't know when to stop eating? No matter how much is in the bowl, she seems to want to eat the whole thing herself! And whenever I put food down for Valentine an hour or more after she has eaten, she seems to be ready for more!
mine were sure pigs, so it sounds normal to me!
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by laureen227
mine were sure pigs, so it sounds normal to me!
LOL! Oh, good, I'm glad to hear it!
post #16 of 25
Oh, yes! Kittens are little eating machines! They're growing so fast that they need tremendous amounts of good kitten-specific food. I'm also a big believer in KMR, Kitten Milk Replacer -- it's loaded with nutrients. You can warm it a bit and they just glory in it! :-)
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
Oh, yes! Kittens are little eating machines! They're growing so fast that they need tremendous amounts of good kitten-specific food. I'm also a big believer in KMR, Kitten Milk Replacer -- it's loaded with nutrients. You can warm it a bit and they just glory in it! :-)
You know, I was thinking of that this morning, his eyes are teary and he sneezes and I was wondering if getting cat's milk would help? He is just three months old today.
post #18 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by bloob & valo
You know, I was thinking of that this morning, his eyes are teary and he sneezes and I was wondering if getting cat's milk would help? He is just three months old today.
Technically kmr is for eight weeks and under ... Ask your vet if the catsip or adult milk would work...
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
OK thanks. Tonight I saw in the litterbox poop with a thin haze of greyish on top. Is this what a hairball looks like when it passes through the other way?
post #20 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by bloob & valo
OK thanks. Tonight I saw in the litterbox poop with a thin haze of greyish on top. Is this what a hairball looks like when it passes through the other way?
no....
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
no....
Oh. What would it look like?
post #22 of 25
when Kandie passes a hairball it looks kinda like a furry log...sorry if that isnt a good description..
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
What was the color? Was it a milky gray fure over the poopy brown? (Let's get descriptive here
post #24 of 25
it s usually medium butterscotch pudding color with white strings... Zoeys I cant tell hers must be on the inside of the poopy
post #25 of 25
Yep! They're are growing more everyday!

Mine were like that too, I think all kittens are eating machines!. he he..
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