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Q. My cat is vomiting sometimes it's a little clear liquid and other times nothing.but makes a really loud gaging noise like.he is eating and drinking.

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. In a car this young I typically see 3 common causes of vomiting.

1) Hairballs- they will vomit as the kitten attempts to expel hairbakls from the GI tract,

2) Dietary indiscretion (pet ate something besides their normal diet). So for pets that may have dietary indiscrretion it is recommended to give and antacid (i.e. Pepcid Ac/Famotidine at 0.5-1mg/kg q12 hrs) and a bland diet like boiled plain chicken and rice or Purina EN Gastrointestinal canned food.

3) Foreign body ingestion- these cans be serious and are frequently seen in younger cats that will put anything into their mouths. These cats won't eat and will vomit up everything including water and food. This is considered and emergency and should be seen immediately. I will also say that cats typically will not show pain I their belly with a foreign body, they are masters at hiding pain.

Supportive care is important, however if it is unsuccessful for the first 24 hrs then more diagnostics (i.e. Fecal exam and bloodwork, +/- radiographs) may be needed.

-Dr. H


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