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Old 04.06.2011, 18:45
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Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

Hello everybody,

When I woke up this morning, my cat (11 yo) had been throwing up during the night. I noticed she was quite weak, she has not cleaned herself (she had some rest of food on her fur) and she didn´t want to move or be moved at all. This afternoon, she has been drinking some water, no food at all.

My question is, I think she should be checked up by a vet but on the other side, I am thinking if I am just freaking up for some vomit and some rest and I should give her some more hours to feel better.

Also, should I decide to take her to the vet this evening, could you pls recommend me where to go for emergency: Tierspital in Zurich or a vet? I have already spot some vets in my area, thanks to very useful previous threads.
Feedback on emergency help from Tierspital would be grateful.

Thanks for your help

Pd. Yesterday night, she was completely fine (I think )
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Old 04.06.2011, 18:53
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

Was any of the throw up just bile (meaning predominantly liquid and very foul smelling)? If so, you should take her to the vet right away. This could mean (among other things) that she has an intestinal blockage which should be taken care of immediately.

Either way, I would definitely call a vet just to get their opinion. With an older animal, it could be any number of things, but the sensitivity to touch, not eating, and only drinking are usually "not so good" signs--that a lot of times indicate a blockage. Again, call a vet. If you are like the rest of us, our animals are an extension of our family--better to be safe than sorry.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

Definetely she is a big part of my life. I couldn´t think clear and I wanted to avoid her to be carried away from home, which I know she doesn´t like it.

I am heading to Tierspital right away, after having phoned them... I cross fingers
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All fingers crossed. Better go now than in the middle of the night. Good luck both of you.
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the vomiting + lethargy is worrisome. I'd get to a vet right away.
Hope everything turns out ok! Sending good wishes your way.
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

Thank you all for the sympathy and good wishes.

Indeed, it was the best to run to the hospital.
My little thing is staying overnight for testing and rehydrating. Tomorrow I will know how she is doing and what was the cause. Hopefully then I can bring Tana home.

Keeping the fingers crossed, I can´t do much more for her

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I hope all will turn out for the best for both cat and owner.
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

hope everything turns out ok x
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

Fingers crossed that she'll be ok. You've done what you can for her, now the experts are doing what they can for her.
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

More fingers crossed this side - hope little pussy will recover
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

It's for the best they're keeping her overnight. A few years ago, our Quincy had a similar episode brought on by kidney issues. He was severely dehydrated so he needed IV fluids and monitoring. All better later the next day. Hope all turns out well for you.
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

Glad you got your puss to the hospital straight away, and I hope she's doing better today - let us know?

Bit of advice for all pet owners, check out the location of your emergency vet/animal hospital and make sure you know how to get there, now, while they're well and happy. When my cat took a sudden turn for the worse (back in the UK), I was so upset I couldn't think straight and had no-one to help me, my vet was closed, it took me 15 minutes to find out where the emergency vet was, and another 20 mins to get there, getting lost on the way. He died en route. I try to tell myself that he was going to go anyway, he was 18 and being treated for a heart problem as well as renal failure, but still have terrible feelings of guilt that maybe something could have been done if I'd got there quicker, even if it was ending his suffering sooner.

Cris1973, you did the right thing and I really hope your little cat recovers, from what you've said the outlook sounds positive. I hope you don't mind my note above on your thread, it's sad and I don't mean to hijack your situation, nor to make you worry or feel bad, I just know now what I should have done and would want, if possible, to spare anyone else that awful guilt. I know that if I had brought him here, I'd have found him a vet, but probably wouldn't have thought of emergency facilities, or put off finding out about it because of the language difficulty, or whatever, so would have been in the same situation.

Best wishes.
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Old 05.06.2011, 11:50
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Thank you all for the sympathy and good wishes.

Indeed, it was the best to run to the hospital.
My little thing is staying overnight for testing and rehydrating. Tomorrow I will know how she is doing and what was the cause. Hopefully then I can bring Tana home.

Keeping the fingers crossed, I can´t do much more for her
Tana will be in good hands. I had to send my dog in with a similar problem last year around 11pm in the night - except his stuff were coming out the other end. The staff - everyone from the nurses and vet were nothing but super nice, professional and very attention to detail. Did many various tests to rule out certain suspected diseases etc and were really great at keeping us up to date.

Fingers crossed for your kitty - keep us posted!
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Old 05.06.2011, 14:24
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

No news yet from Tana.
I am awaiting for the Tierspital to call me in the next couple of hours.

It´s a bit strange to see Babylone, my second cat, going around searching for Tana. She´s 2 yo and is less active than usually.

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Glad you got your puss to the hospital straight away, and I hope she's doing better today - let us know?

Bit of advice for all pet owners, check out the location of your emergency vet/animal hospital and make sure you know how to get there, now, while they're well and happy. When my cat took a sudden turn for the worse (back in the UK), I was so upset I couldn't think straight and had no-one to help me, my vet was closed, it took me 15 minutes to find out where the emergency vet was, and another 20 mins to get there, getting lost on the way. He died en route. I try to tell myself that he was going to go anyway, he was 18 and being treated for a heart problem as well as renal failure, but still have terrible feelings of guilt that maybe something could have been done if I'd got there quicker, even if it was ending his suffering sooner.

Cris1973, you did the right thing and I really hope your little cat recovers, from what you've said the outlook sounds positive. I hope you don't mind my note above on your thread, it's sad and I don't mean to hijack your situation, nor to make you worry or feel bad, I just know now what I should have done and would want, if possible, to spare anyone else that awful guilt. I know that if I had brought him here, I'd have found him a vet, but probably wouldn't have thought of emergency facilities, or put off finding out about it because of the language difficulty, or whatever, so would have been in the same situation.

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Oh my godness, Planetali, thank you for posting that!

First I am so sorry for the situation you faced with your cat, I am sure you did what was possible, so you should release yourself of the guilt, living up to 18yo your cat had a wonderful, safe and healthy life.

Secondly, you are very right suggesting to know where to go on an emergency situation, specially for the ones new to CH arriving with our pets. You go through so many different things when moving to a new country that you may not consider that. So thanks again.
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Hope the news when you get it will be good news!
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Fingers crossed, thumbs pressed for Tana.

She's in good hands at the Tierspital - I, too, have made many a midnight run to the ER, and have much respect the staff there.

The muttley crew are keeping their paws crossed, too.
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Old 05.06.2011, 18:56
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

They are operating Tana... there are some chances that is only liquid in her stomach, but it could be a tumor or perforation.

My lovely princess has little chances and I am hating myself for letting her going to surgery, but I am doing as advised by the vet.
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They are operating Tana... there are some chances that is only liquid in her stomach, but it could be a tumor or perforation.

My lovely princess has little chances and I am hating myself for letting her going to surgery, but I am doing as advised by the vet.
Any chance is better than no chance. Hang in there and hopefully she will too. I really feel for you!
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They are operating Tana... there are some chances that is only liquid in her stomach, but it could be a tumor or perforation.

My lovely princess has little chances and I am hating myself for letting her going to surgery, but I am doing as advised by the vet.

As a veterinary nurse, and pet owner, I know how scary it can be when pets need surgery. However, DO NOT hate yourself for aggreeing to surgery. I can assure you that if that was what the vet recommended then it really is the best option. Animals, in particular cats, tend to recover extremely well after surgery. As humans, we have the emotional worry 'Omg I have just had surgery' whilst animals just don't think like that. A few days of pain relief and they usual problems seen by owners is trying to get their animals to rest and not act like nothings happened. For example, after a womans hysterectomy women are recommended rest etc for 6 weeks - a cat will often be acting like normal by the same night post surgery.

Also, even if it is bad news (and I really hope that its not!!!) at least you can think to yourself 'I did everything I could'. I remember well a client of mine being told that their little dog had a abdominal tumour and the vet strongly advising that immediate surgery take place. The owner declined and decided to treat the tumour homeopathically (btw I am not slagging homeopathic remedies but they have their time and place and I believe advanced abdo tumours is not one of them). Anyway, 4 weeks later we have the dog back - literally on deaths door. The owner now insists surgery takes place, despite the vet saying that unfortunatley it is highly unlikely that the dog would survive the GA let alone the surgery. We gave the dog a blood transfusion (courtesy of my lab) and at the owners insitence performed sugery. The dog died 6 hours post op. The owner was then heart broken. So anyway i will stop rambling but just wanted you to know you are doing the right thing and well done for taking to the vet asap and listening to expert advice. My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your cat. xxx
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Re: Sick cat -shall I run to vet or wait to see how it develps?

I was not expecting that my first SOS call would end up on me posting what Tana is going through - but it is such a relieve to share it...

So surgery went well - The vet found two perforations which were removed (15cm I believe I heard) and they are testing if it was caused by a tumor, which may get back in future. Right now the most important thing is to recover and the next 3 days are critical.

Tierspital in Zurich, oh my god, they are showing me that Tana (and I) couldn´t be in better hands.

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