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Cat Peril [Sep. 11th, 2009|11:52 am]
Lanette
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Last night Stardust woke Craig up at 3am by throwing up under the bed AND in the other room. Awful. Not normal cat throwup because she doesn't have that but vile smelly yellow huge piles. We have no idea what she is eating besides cat food as we are measuring it. How is this even possible?

Going to get her in with the vet and also an appointment with a cat behavior specialist who has a doctorate and specializes in feline behavior. Would this money be better spent on,...oh,..I dunno my CAR which is in the shop right now with broken airbags? Why yes, yes it would, but the situation with Ms. Fat Cat has gone from bad to much worse. We also found out what plant/wood material she threw up. She ATE the raffia from a cat toy. An approved cat toy. It was still full length. She didn't even chew it, just swallowed it long.


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[User Picture]From: oh_foxyroxy
2009-09-11 07:00 pm (UTC)
OMG! I can't believe she swallowed it! Lol. This is such a cute photo.

I would seriously suggest getting another opinion from another vet. Some won't even charge you for an initial exam. The yellow bile is NOT good.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 07:04 pm (UTC)
I love the kitty looks I'm getting of "put the camera down lady, can't you see we are le tired!" She's had 2 vets inspect her already, so this will be vet #3, but the first time trying the cat behavior specialist.

According to the dog specialist who was helping me (Christine on Facebook), Stardust is showing signs of OCD which some cats have, which is why she said it's beyond her expertise and referred me to the cat specialist. It's not just a normal cat behavior problem.
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[User Picture]From: oh_foxyroxy
2009-09-11 07:23 pm (UTC)
Let us sleep, mama! The OCD sounds very probable...glad you have someone who can help you out with that.

However, the vets need to figure out what's causing the yellow bile. Especially since we don't know her full history... Is there food in the bile? Or furballs? Or is it just liquid?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 07:24 pm (UTC)
It's GROSS. No food chunks. She had the raffia in there 2 days later! It is just very smelly liquid. It's creepy and I am not sure why it's happening at 3-4am.
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[User Picture]From: puppie
2009-09-11 07:22 pm (UTC)
Omigosh, I'm pretty sure I have that exact. same. throw! Weird! \random
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 07:25 pm (UTC)
The fluffy one, right? The quilt was made by my grandma on my Dad's side who died when I was little.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-09-11 08:40 pm (UTC)
My shih tzu throws up stuff just like that when she has a belly-ache. It's just bile, I think. Not that you shouldn't get her checked out, but it's not totally abnormal or anything.

Maybe it's the type/brand of food?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 08:44 pm (UTC)
She's on Science Diet which is what the shelter had her on. We got her to the vet who did a full workup ($350!) worth of tests. All of them normal.

When I get my car back I'll stop by Mud Bay and possibly get some small bags of food to try her on. She is unnaturally hungry though. I think there is something wrong with her that she is so hungry she'll eat cat toys if she doesn't have access to food.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-09-11 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm, Science Diet is pretty good stuff but it may be that her belly is just sensitive to it. Maybe see if there is something else vet-recommended for v. sensitive tummies.

I assume they tested her for worms or de-wormed her? Worms would make her unnaturally hungry... but probably also make her lose weight...
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, she was tested for worms AND dewormed. :( The animal expert who told me this is beyond her expertise but gave me a reference said this sounds like OCD behavior with her harming herself by biting her own tail, and getting stuck on chasing it for hours and hours and also eating non-food items when her access to food is limited.

Edited at 2009-09-11 08:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2009-09-11 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Let me know what happens!

Pippi used to chew all the hair off of her tail when she got nauseous. She hasn't done that for a while, but now, when she gets nauseous, she licks everything in sight, particularly rugs, floor, furniture... which just makes her get more sick and cough up hairballs! Our vet actually prescribed a small dose of Kaopectate when she starts this which seems to help.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 09:06 pm (UTC)
I would love it if she is just nauseated and we can help her. If this is a mental issue or something we can't fix,...ugh,..it's so disruptive, messy, difficult, hard on us and our other cats. It's really making it hard for us as a family. I want to be a good and loving cat mama, but at this point I'm exhausted and running out of patience (and money).
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[User Picture]From: xantha
2009-09-11 10:43 pm (UTC)
my kitty pukes up bile on occasion when she gets into one of my plants (my oxalis, which is poisonous but only in huge amounts, she chews on a leaf and bam, bile puke--no food product, it's just gross yellow smelly bile).

Switching the food up (gradually) might be a good idea -- all of the science diet versions have a lot of common allergens in it.

Pet Pros has a few other options that you could try that don't have the common cat allergens (corn wheat fish etc). They also carry small trial size bags of certain brands for a couple of bucks so you can try it out to see if it helps (and not be out too much $). I'm not sure if you're feeding wet or dry or both. We feed orijen right now but we have used other human grade cat foods.

In any case, good luck. I've seen similar behavior to the nonstop eating in the past and it was an allergy and lifestyle adjustment thing.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 10:45 pm (UTC)
We don't have pet pros do we? We have a mud bay closeby?

I'm worried about the little chunk a monk.
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[User Picture]From: xantha
2009-09-11 10:49 pm (UTC)
Mud Bay has a good selection, too. And Bridges Pets. And Earth Pet (which is out of your way, in Issaq). I'm not sure what you have down there.

I hope you guys can find a solution! Poor kitty and poor other kitties+humans!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2009-09-11 10:58 pm (UTC)
I've never had trouble bonding with a cat before. She makes it really hard to like her right now. :( We've been trying so hard and it sucks to feel like a failure. Thanks for your suggestions and encouragement. Much needed.
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