Q. My cat has been sick. She's vomiting and has diarrhea, she's getting thiner. I can't afford a vet right now. What can I do?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. If your cat has been vomiting for more than a few days, then taking her to the vet is really the best option. If you are having trouble affording it, contacting your local humane society or animal shelter may help. They may be able to give you a list of low or no-cost clinics in your area that can provide care. Some clinics also offer services such as Care Credit which is a sort of medical credit card that lets owners spread out the cost of care for their pet. Visiting the Care Credit website can give you more information about this.
In the meantime, keeping your cat from getting dehydrated is the number one thing in a vomiting cat. Providing plenty of water, either via bowl if she'll drink, or through a syringe can help. Bland foods such as plain boiled chicken and plain rice may also help to soothe an upset digestive track and keep some food down until you can get to the vet.