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Could pine tree needle ingestion cause this?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Eppie is sick . She threw up the past 2 nights. This morning, I woke up and there was not only throw-up on the floor, but also runny (and a little bloody) stool on the rug. Yesterday morning, she also peed on the couch AGAIN. Also, she's drinking more water and eating less food.
I'm taking her to a vet this afternoon, but I'm going to a different one than who I've been going through b/c I don't feel he's done a great job with her UTIs.

Anyway, I've noticed Eppie licking the needles on the Christmas tree the past few days. I have the trunk covered so she could not ingest any of the tree sap. Could she have eaten some pine needles and that's what's causing this? I'm so worried and I cannot wait to get her to the vet this afternoon. Just wanted to know if any of these symptoms sound like anything to you...
post #2 of 19
Awww, poor Eppie. Her symptoms sound similiar to Katie's a few years ago after she ingested some pine needles. It was the first and only time I had a real Xmas tree and Katie was obsessed with it. She threw up several times and also had runny stool. Sorry to be gross, but can you see any pine needles mixed in with the vomit? It was pretty obvious with Katie. I did call the vet about it, but she said as long as Katie seemed okay otherwise to just let it run its course. I hope Eppie feels better soon!
post #3 of 19
I don't have an answer for you Amy, but I am sending feel better vibes to Eppie and calming vibes to you!
post #4 of 19
It very well could, because the pine needles are irritants. They can puncture the organs, slice the tongue, and once swallowed they can be quite irritating for the cat. She may feel this discomfort and be vomiting to get rid of the irritation. If you have some cat grass, she would benefit from that right now
post #5 of 19
Awww, poor Eppie....pine needles aren't for ingesting! I hope that it's nothing serious and Eppie is feeling better soon!
post #6 of 19
Get better soon Eppie!!!
post #7 of 19
Oh Amy! Prayers for Eppie!
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. She's actually at the vet's right now. Since she peed on the couch again yesterday, they're doing some in-depth urine testing. The vet (I'm going to a new one that Bradley's mom recommended since I'm rather dissatisfied with my vet) says that she could have a bad enough UTI that her discomfort is causing the vomiting and running stool . I had to leave her at the vet b/c they're waiting for her to have enough urine in her bladder for them to test. Naturally, I'm eagerly awaiting her call.

Bradley and I were supposed to go to FL tomorrow morning to spend New Year's with my family (he's never met some of my aunts and uncles who live down there), but I've had to cancel that trip. No way am I leaving Eppie sick like this.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as we try to figure out what's wrong with my baby girl.
post #9 of 19
Aw poor girl! Get better soon little sweetie!
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by ugaimes


Bradley and I were supposed to go to FL tomorrow morning to spend New Year's with my family (he's never met some of my aunts and uncles who live down there), but I've had to cancel that trip. No way am I leaving Eppie sick like this.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as we try to figure out what's wrong with my baby girl.
Amy, you are such a good Mommy. Of course Eponine is still in my thoughts and prayers.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well, poor Eponine spent six and a half hours at the vet today . NOT good for an overly-anxious kitty. Anyway, her red blood cell count was a bit high, indicating she has an infection. Fortunately, she had no fever and did not vomit at all while at the vet's. They tested her urine. It looks good so far, but they've sent it out to a lab for a thorough analysis. The vet (who's awesome) thinks it's still a very bad UTI, but she's not sure if it's brought on by stress, diet, or what.

We'll know more by Monday. Until then, she's on antibiotics 2 times/day and some Pepto Bismol-type stuff for cats to settle her stomach. My mind started reeling b/c now I have to give her FOUR pills a day for about 10 days! Thankfully, the vet gave me a "pill popper" and showed me how to use it (what a Godsend!), so that ought to reduce some of the pill drama with Eppie. Anyway, I'd appreciate any continued vibes/prayers you could send her way as we await the results of this test! Thanks everyone .
post #12 of 19
ugaimes bless your heart for being so responsible and caring. I hope Ep will be on the mend soon-
post #13 of 19
Poor kitty! I hope the meds work quick and take care of it! Eppie is still in my prayers!
post #14 of 19
Eppie
Get well soon
post #15 of 19
Poor Eppie, I hope she is felling better soon!
post #16 of 19
The vet sounds awesome.
Get better soon, Eppie!
post #17 of 19
Amy, Thank God for finding a good vet! So, is the pine needle theory completely ruled out?
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone for your kind words and thoughts Eppie seems to be doing great today. Her appetite is fine, she and Cosette have chased each other all over the place, and I woke up to find no accidents of any sort anywhere (thanks to the anti-nausea meds I bet). I'm eagerly awaiting word from this vet on Monday to find out the results of her urinalysis and then hopefully we can get to the bottom of why she keeps having these UTIs.

The vet did recommend to continue using Feliway (I haven't used it in months), so I ordered refills for the diffuser and got SUCH a deal on ebay- 2 diffuser refills for $29.99! Hopefully that will help reduce her anxiety and, ultimately, the frequency of these UTIs!

And yup Renee, it's not poisoning from pine needles!
post #19 of 19
YAY!!!!
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