The Goat Spot Forum banner
1 - 19 of 19 Posts

Registered
Kinder Goat Breeder
Joined
7,180 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Okay so we have this cat whose probably upwards of 12-14, he could be older. We believe he has hyperthyroidism, but it hasn't been diagnosed. We are absolutely unable to get a vet because it is Thanksgiving tomorrow and none are open. He has been throwing up yellow-green vomit occasionally all day.

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for how to help him. All the information I can get online tells me to get a vet. Very helpful. I'm just looking for maybe some supportive care I can give him to help get him through this. I think he's probably throwing up bile. I read that actually feeding him might help to lower bile production, but he's not interested in eating anything. Should we try to force feed him? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Registered
Joined
2,125 Posts
I鈥檓 sorry you鈥檙e going through this!

First, make sure that there鈥檚 no obstruction in his throat. Something like a string can get hooked on a tooth and irritate their throat.

There are many issues that come to mind. Have there been any other health concerns before this started happening? You mentioned hyperthyroidism, so I鈥檓 assuming he鈥檚 been losing weight?
 

Registered
Kinder Goat Breeder
Joined
7,180 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Yes, he's been having weight loss and he usually has an insatiable apatite, but has wanted nothing to do with food today. We've been feeding him more wet food and a higher protein diet because we learned that that can help. His digestion has been a lot better recently and he was completely normal yesterday. It started this morning he's not throwing up constantly, but it's every few hours.
 

Registered
Joined
1,173 Posts
I don't know if it will help, but you can use canned cat food, or baby food (turkey, chicken). Scoop a little onto your finger and drag your finger along the roof of the mouth so that the teeth scrape it off your finger. The food should stick to the roof of his mouth. That will get some food into him. How is he today?
 

Registered
Kinder Goat Breeder
Joined
7,180 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
He seems to be throwing up less than he was yesterday and he's looking a little more interested in water today than he was. We are going to syringe him some pedialyte because we are worried about him being dehydrated. That's good advice on how to get him some food we'll probably try that, thanks.
 

Registered
Joined
11,167 Posts
I would definitely mix some canned food with hot water and do some syringe feeding. Not eating for 2 days can really harm cats and it's also difficult for them to begin eating again after having stopped. Syringe feeding can make all the difference. Fingers crossed you can get a diagnosis tomorrow and he begins feeling better!
 

Registered
Kinder Goat Breeder
Joined
7,180 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Thanks everyone for the advice. Yesterday by the fourth meal we offered him he started chowing the canned food and seemed like he would have kept eating if we had allowed him to. This morning he's out and about looking for us to feed him. He's clearly on his way back to being normal. We've seen him pee in the litterbox at normal intervals and he's meowing when we talk to him like he usually does. He still isn't a 100% his usual boisterous self, but he's is improving everyday. Thanks again you guys. :hug:
 

Registered
Joined
7,027 Posts
I actually checked with my vet. Cats normally behave this way when they have devoured a venomous insect or some form of man made poison. The bile is usually the liver and kidneys cleaning it out.
Sometimes they recover with no damage but depending on the amount ingested it can be very severe.
I am glad your baby has recovered so well.
 

Registered
Kinder Goat Breeder
Joined
7,180 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I actually checked with my vet. Cats normally behave this way when they have devoured a venomous insect or some form of man made poison. The bile is usually the liver and kidneys cleaning it out.
Sometimes they recover with no damage but depending on the amount ingested it can be very severe.
I am glad your baby has recovered so well.
Thank you so much, Tanya. We just don't know what he could have eaten that made this happen. We are very careful with not leaving human food around and I can't imagine any chemicals or such he could have gotten into, but he is prone to trying to eat anything that remotely resembles food, so maybe that's what happened.
 

Registered
Joined
1,732 Posts
I glad your baby is doing better. We have had several cats that have trouble with eating bad things in the past. Two did this same thing and are completely better. But we found out that the third (his name was Thomas) who was very old, had kidney failure and that鈥檚 why he was throwing up.
I鈥檓 sure your boy doesn鈥檛 have that though, or he wouldn鈥檛 be eating and drinking. I鈥檓 happy that he鈥檚 better!!
 

Registered
Joined
5 Posts
Okay so we have this cat whose probably upwards of 12-14, he could be older. We believe he has hyperthyroidism, but it hasn't been diagnosed. We are absolutely unable to get a vet because it is Thanksgiving tomorrow and none are open. He has been throwing up yellow-green vomit occasionally all day.

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for how to help him. All the information I can get online tells me to get a vet. Very helpful. I'm just looking for maybe some supportive care I can give him to help get him through this. I think he's probably throwing up bile. I read that actually feeding him might help to lower bile production, but he's not interested in eating anything. Should we try to force feed him? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Registered
Joined
2,125 Posts
So glad your cat is doing better!!

It definitely wouldn鈥檛 hurt to do some blood work and see if kidney failure is a possibility. My boy was diagnosed almost 3 years ago. Vomiting and weight loss were the first symptoms we got.

Luckily, we caught it early and put him on a low protein diet. He鈥檚 still doing well. I鈥檓 hoping to get another year with him! He turns 16 this upcoming spring.
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top