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Cat's fragile stomach

Hello,

I am looking for some advise here. My old cat (14 years old) always had a fragile stomach, mostly because she tend to eat to fast.

But lately she has been vomitting a lot, at least a 2-3 times per day. Not much, mostly food she just hate and water she just drank. The vet didn't see anything wrong and I am puzzled. She is since a year on wet food mostly because of that problem and because she doesn't have much teeth left...

Vets don't see anything wrong. She doesn't lose weight and still have an horse appetite. It bother me more than it bother her, really.

But maybe some of you have this issue with their cat, maybe it is an old cat thing...

Any advice will be welcome.... And seeking the vet advices has been done many times already and will be done again (I just don't have much hope to get more info from them.)


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Old 25.03.2011, 09:23
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Want to adopt a cat
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Euthanasia is legal in Switzerland.
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Better to keep quiet if you can't bring nice help, that goes for both of you!
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

Sorry Nil - maybe a bit insensitively put, but at 14 yrs. old (the cat, not me), I think this way well turn out to be a problem that may not have a solution.

Unfortunately, at such an age, things do start to fail and often the kindest thing is to ease the suffering - words, I, too remember hearing from the vet under similar circumstances.
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

A cat can easily reach the golden age of 18-20 years old.

You could have put it differently, but that was totally unsensitive and it did crushed me.

Please stay out of this thread. Thank you.
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Old 25.03.2011, 09:43
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Sorry Nil - maybe a bit insensitively put, but at 14 yrs. old (the cat, not me), I think this way well turn out to be a problem that may not have a solution.

Unfortunately, at such an age, things do start to fail and often the kindest thing is to ease the suffering - words, I, too remember hearing from the vet under similar circumstances.
14 is not that old for a cat. I've had cats that went well beyond that. Also, just because a cat is throwing up does not mean it is suffering and that it should be taken to the vet and put down.
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

i think that s because he's getting old,and he think he can eat like a young cat...if the vet says that he s ok,try not to worry to much...i know,it s easy to give an advise when it s not your animal...
i hope that he will be better soon
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

My dad had this problem with the neighbour's cat (cat now lives with my dad), he used to puke too because he ate too fast so my dad only gives him small portions at a time, literally a spoon full, waits for the cat to finish, pause, next spoon full. It's tedious but kitty hasn't thrown up since.

And Timow, two of my father's previous cats died at the grand old age of 22, 14 is not particularly old for a cat.
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

Did they check the hairball problem?
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

Some cats are just more barfy than others -- we've got one who seems to leave us a little 'surprise' every other morning, while her sister rarely gets sick. They're both otherwise healthy.



A few tips:

1. Make sure that food is served at room temperature, not cold
2. Serve the food in small portions, frequently through the day
3. Make sure water is available, but you may wish to serve this in small portions, too. Our cat likes to drink from the tap, but if she drinks too much at once, it's instant barfsville.
4. Consider feeding your cat a malt supplement to help with hairballs, if this is contributing factors
5. Consider growing cat grass for your cat to nibble on. Often cats barf because they're trying to get something up (hairball, etc). Cat grass can help with this, and can help things work through the system naturally.

Also, make sure there is a warm place for your cat to curl up and sleep. Our cats definitely get more barfy when they're cold.
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

Some great tips here already. I just wanted to add that if your cat isn't losing weight and seems otherwise happy then it probably isn't a serious problem and 14 is not that old for a moggie. Our cat went through a phase of this, we took her to the vets and they gave us something in a tube that we had to give her a little of twice a day. I can't remember the name of it, (it looked like fish paste in a squeezy tube) but the Vet said that it helped get everything moving downwards as sometimes fur etc can cause blockages and slow down digestion. It might be worth asking the vet.

Also, cat grass helps digestion. It grows really fast from seed and you only need to have a small tub of it that you let your cat nibble from.
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

I have a dog with stomach sensitivity, my vet advised Yakult when we were in Australia, equivalent here is Actimel. It works wonders, aids digestion and settles the stomach lining. Good for people too!
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Re: Cat's fragile stomach

My mum's cat is 13 years old and has the same problem. So my mum went to the vet and asked for advice. The vet suggested some dry/wet food from Hills for Sensitive Stomach. Those food you can only get from the vet and is really quite expensive. Also try to give really small portion like 2-3 spoons each time or sometimes my mum will stand next to the cat when he eats and takes him away when she thinks he starts to eat too fast. Hope this can help
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