Q. My male cat of 7 years started randomly vomiting occasionally and has diarrhea occasionally also. He is a long haired cat. Can it be hairballs?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. Typically in older cats who has no history of this sort of thing happening before, hairballs would not be my first suspicion here. With older cats we get suspicious about a primary intestinal problem such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) or lymphoma (cancer of the intestines). Because of these potential disease processes I would highly recommend you get him seen with your local veterinarian for a complete examination and bloodwork. Older cat diseases can best be managed if we act on them quickly instead of waiting to see if they resolve on their own.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. IT could be, but it's more likely to be something else. for hairballs buy a hairball paste and give it to your cat 2-3 times a week for a month and see if it helps.
if it doesn't, take him to the vet to run some tests as it could be a foreign body in the stomach, pancreatitis or even a tumor. hopefully it's non of those - it could also be a chronic intestinal inflammation.