This beautiful kitty is Nikki, a 6-year-old domestic long hair who was vomiting and had diarrhea for a few days. Not knowing why their feline friend wasn’t feeling well, Nikki’s parents brought her into the vet where bloodwork was done. The test showed that she had high liver enzyme values, and the vet also noticed that Nikki was dehydrated, which means that she had to stay overnight to get some extra fluids pumped into her system. (You can read a bit about what to do if your pet has high liver enzyme values in this Healthy Pets article by Dr. Karen Becker.)
At one time or another, we are sure that nearly every cat owner has experienced a bout of vomiting or diarrhea with their cat. Typically, this is from a cat eating something disagreeable, eating too much or too fast, are overly excited or nervous, have hairballs, or their body is reacting to any of a number of other non-serious conditions. One thing to do when your cat is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea is to take all food and water away from her so whatever has irritated her tummy (and intestines) can settle down. (Now, you may allow the cat to drink very small amounts so you don't worry about dehydration, too.) If the diarrhea or vomiting resolves after 24 hours, give your cat very small amounts of a bland food, such as drained, cooked hamburger or chicken mixed with an equal amount of cooked rice.
While you are doing this test for those 24 hours, be sure to watch your cat closely. Dr. Foster’s and Smith Pet Education center encourages you to ask yourself some of the following questions:
Now, the next few recommendations may be a tad gross for you to do, but it will help your vet diagnose what could be wrong with your pet:
Now, the vomiting or diarrhea don’t resolve within 24 hours, if you see blood in either sample, or your cat is vomiting and has diarrhea together, it’s time to take your pet into the vet.
Nikki’s family was going through some hard times—their income was limited because one member of the family had been laid off work and they other was only receiving Social Security income. So, they reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help. We hear that Nikki is making a full recovery!
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