Q. My cat has a cold. I took her to the vet and she have her some medicine. Now she's been puking up blood and not eating. What's going on with her?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. Hemoptysis (vomiting up blood) and not eating sound like something serious is happening with your kitty. In a kitty this young I would be concerned about potential toxins (i.e rat poison is a common culprit), a bleeding disorder, or a severe stomach ulcer. All 3 of these possibilities require immediate veterinary attention and thorough diagnostics to find the cause and get treatment started right away. I wish your kitty the best of luck and hopefully the cause of this can be found soon and treated successfully.
FYI- in case kitty by chance had some idiosyncratic (abnormal and unexpected) reaction to the medication that was sent home I would advise against giving anymore medication until you discuss these new symptoms with your veterinarian.
- Dr. H