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post #1 of 9
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Hey there. My cat Scooter has been sick for the past 2-3 days now. He's been throwing up, he wont eat or drink anything, and now he is moving around very slowly. He is sighing/mawning when he breaths. I wish I had the money to take him to the vet but I just dont right now... I'm a 19 year old college student...

Okay. One possible reason that I thought of was that I switched cat foods about 2 weeks ago, but I'm not sure if thats the reason because my other cat is just fine. I was wondering if Scooter could be having a alergic re-action to the food, or if it's just from the difference in cat food.

The new brand of food I bought for him is called "Original Flavor, Special Kitty- Chicken and Fish flavors".

If anyone has any info that could help me, pls post it. I lost a cat 6 years ago to cancer and I dont think I could stand losing another best friend.

Scooter is a 5-6 year old Orange/white tabby. He is alittle over weight, but I dont think that has anything to do with this.

Thanks for your time, I hope I can figure this out.
-Chris v.

PS. If I posted this in the wrong forum section, I'm sry.
post #2 of 9
It's possible that the new food is too rich for his system and so he's throwing it up. (This happens with one of my cats) However, you MUST get some food & liquid into his system and you really need to take him to the vet. Look for a low-cost one in your area. Somewhere on here is a link to various low-cost clinics, so do a search for that.

Try some chicken baby food (stage 1 or 2 with NO onion) and some plain pedialyte. I think you can also try some plain yogurt, but don't quote me on that. Can you get to the store to get these things? You may also need a syringe to get the liquid into him, but it's absolutely imperative that your kitty get some food in his system.

post #3 of 9
This sounds like something that your kitty really needs to get to the vet for.
Could be any of a few different things...
He could have a blockage, which is very serious, has he been using his litter or is he constipated?
post #4 of 9
I'm a 20 year old college student, so here is my advice: did you get your cat from a certain rescue in the area? If you did, give them a call and explain to them the predicament. I'm sure they'll be understanding and put you in touch with the shelter vet that they use, who will give you very discounted prices to get your kitty the care he needs.

If you didn't, try to explain your situation to your vet. If he's a good one, he'll probably care most about the cat at hand's health.

We have a special needs cat who at one point was in the vet quite often. She had to have exploratory surgery which was extremely pricey and the vet was so thoughtful, he put us in touch with one of his friends at a clinic and they barely charged us anything for top-notch care because they cared so very much about our cat and the problems she was having.

Good luck!
post #5 of 9
If you go to the petsmart website, you can find a listing of no-kill shelters and rescues there, and should be able to find one in your area.

If you really can't afford the vet bills, they may be able to help. They helped me when I found Deja Vu and she had her kittens a week later, and they had colds.

Or they might be able to direct you somewhere locally where you can get help.
post #6 of 9
You really need to get your kitty to the Vet, this is the exact same behavior pixel had when she had a blockage. Without a Vet she would have died. My vet allowed me to pay for her care in payments even though it is against their policy. I explained my situation to him ( I am also a college student ) You should try talking to a vet in your area and explain your situation to them. Most veternarians chose that profession because they want to help animals, they are usually very understanding and will try to help in any way they can. Don't let your kitty suffer, talk to people, there are people out there who are willing to help, you just need to be honest with them.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I found a pretty good vet for a decent price, I"m taking him in there in 30 minutes. Thanks for the advise everyone, I"l keep you updated.
post #8 of 9
I'm glad you are going to the vet. GOOD LUCK!
post #9 of 9
Scooter has crossed the Rainbow Bridge: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81871
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