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Old 12-19-2005, 05:18 PM   #196
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I have a question..... I'm a little concerned about my cat, I think he might be sick or something. I 'm wondering if I should take him to the vet? Probably. He threw up this morning, but it was kind of normal stuff, no discoloration or anything unusual about it. When I got to see him at about 2pm today, he had some clear eye matter, kind of like a molassas (sp) tear or something, when I saw him (just one 'tear' thing). He's spent a lot of time in the other room on the bed, not moving, and I'm starting to get a little concerned. Itis now 5pm, and he hasn't moved much, but still purrs and stuff when I go in and check on him. Do you cat experts think I should wait another day, or seek immediate vet attention?

He looks tired-like, but other than that he seems to be normal. I know that cats sometimes don't show many symptoms when they are ill, though, so I'm cautious. Oh, and last night, he was fine. THis all started today.
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I have a question..... I'm a little concerned about my cat, I think he might be sick or something. I 'm wondering if I should take him to the vet? Probably. He threw up this morning, but it was kind of normal stuff, no discoloration or anything unusual about it. When I got to see him at about 2pm today, he had some clear eye matter, kind of like a molassas (sp) tear or something, when I saw him (just one 'tear' thing). He's spent a lot of time in the other room on the bed, not moving, and I'm starting to get a little concerned. Itis now 5pm, and he hasn't moved much, but still purrs and stuff when I go in and check on him. Do you cat experts think I should wait another day, or seek immediate vet attention?

He looks tired-like, but other than that he seems to be normal. I know that cats sometimes don't show many symptoms when they are ill, though, so I'm cautious. Oh, and last night, he was fine. THis all started today.
Is kitty eating? Drinking? Does he feel warm? Check his hydration--(take the skin between his shoulderblades and pull it up with your thumb and index finger--if it drops back down right away, his hydration is OK, if it is slow or stays sticking up, he's dehydrated). The hiding is a sign that something may be wrong (if that's unusual for him). And the purring could be a good thing or a bad thing, sometimes cats purr when they are sick.

Overall, if I were you I would get him in to see the DVM as soon as you can...it may be nothing, but better safe than sorry...
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Is kitty eating? Drinking? Does he feel warm? Check his hydration--(take the skin between his shoulderblades and pull it up with your thumb and index finger--if it drops back down right away, his hydration is OK, if it is slow or stays sticking up, he's dehydrated). The hiding is a sign that something may be wrong (if that's unusual for him). And the purring could be a good thing or a bad thing, sometimes cats purr when they are sick.

Overall, if I were you I would get him in to see the DVM as soon as you can...it may be nothing, but better safe than sorry...
Agreed. Also, if in doubt call the vet and tell them what he's doing. Sometimes something you tell them that you might not even think much of they will know as a symptom of something more serious.

Good luck and I hope he's ok.
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Give Roy our love!!!
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Old 12-19-2005, 06:51 PM   #200
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I used to have a cat, so if you don't mind I'm sure all you cat lovers out there will appreciate this.

I once had a cat
With a luxurious coat,
She’d preen and relax
By her castle’s pure moat,
For she was a queen,
A mistress of sorts
Of all that she saw
From the bay to the courts
Of age old Vienna,
What a fanciful thought
For I once had a cat
And the mice that she caught
Were never mistreated
In her palatial trust,
For she was a lady
And acted as such.


Now I shall feel thy wrath.

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I agree with the others about Roy. He doesnt sound very good! Do you think he ate something he was not supposed to? Christmas ribbon or something like that? If he's not eating, drinking, etc. and keeps vomiting I'd get him in to the vet asap. Good luck
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I agree with the others about Roy. He doesnt sound very good! Do you think he ate something he was not supposed to? Christmas ribbon or something like that? If he's not eating, drinking, etc. and keeps vomiting I'd get him in to the vet asap. Good luck


Actually, a week ago or so, he did eat a ribbon THose stringy types, that I always get out of the way, but someone decided to put one of those gift bags with the ribbons under the christmas tree, after I already specifically moved it to a safer place. So I didn't really like that.

HOwever, I have some good news (no, not car insurance) Since I've come home this evening, he's been a lot better. Eating and moving aroud and such, and wanting me to pick him up and stuff - all good things, and he looked a lot better than he did earlier, when he was kind of stationary on the other bed. I'm still wary - I will be watching his food and water intake, and his litter and stuff - but I am somewhat relieved to see him acting normal again. BUt I don't really trust it, either. I guess the bottom line is, he's doing very well, at the moment.
I appreciate your concern though, and I'm sure Roy does to. Thanks.
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Actually, a week ago or so, he did eat a ribbon THose stringy types, that I always get out of the way, but someone decided to put one of those gift bags with the ribbons under the christmas tree, after I already specifically moved it to a safer place. So I didn't really like that.

HOwever, I have some good news (no, not car insurance) Since I've come home this evening, he's been a lot better. Eating and moving aroud and such, and wanting me to pick him up and stuff - all good things, and he looked a lot better than he did earlier, when he was kind of stationary on the other bed. I'm still wary - I will be watching his food and water intake, and his litter and stuff - but I am somewhat relieved to see him acting normal again. BUt I don't really trust it, either. I guess the bottom line is, he's doing very well, at the moment.
I appreciate your concern though, and I'm sure Roy does to. Thanks.
I dont want to freak you out or anything.. but *sometimes* if a cat eats a long enough ribbon/string etc it can cause a block in the intestines and can ultimately be fatal if its not passed in the stool, worst case scenerio surgery may be needed.

If he completely stopped eating, was lethargic for a long period of time, vomiting often, etc then I would be very worried. Other times cats just barf for no reason

It's good that he's looking better And its great that you notice things like this, always better to be wary/paranoid than to just shrug it off or not pay enough attention to your cat to know when he is not feeling well.

And other times you will actually see the object passed in the stool. I have found feathers, grass, hair and other strange objects in my cats feces (yes I often examine it)
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Thankfully, he threw it up. (the ribbon I mentioned, form last week) ( I apparently left that out )

But I think that is good info just the same.

I guess he's doing fine, even though he looked really bad this afternoon. But others are saying he seems normal, so I can't complain. I'm going to watch him a little more closely for the next few days, though.

Thanks again, everyone, for your kind words and advice
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Hang in there, FH and Roy!!!!!

When I was 6, my fat Siamese kitty ate an entire children's bathing suit b/c she smelled chicken soup on it. She threw it up shortly after and had nary a problem. The suit was still in one piece in parts.
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Ugh, Linear Foreign Body (that's how the vets describe string/ribbon, etc), it's the worst. Glad to know Roy is looking better, but definitely keep a close watch on him.

Roy looks like my Reilly a bit!
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yeah, another cat question....

....so my housemate got another cat. We wanted to get an older, abandoned mother cat b/c they're the ones that never get adopted b/c everyone wants a cute kitten. So we went to this no-kill rescue called Crash's Landing where my cousin got her kitten from. We got a female tabby cat who used to be feral, had a litter of kittens and was picked up, and then turned out not to be that feral b/c she's snuggly and loves attention. Anyway, she has a "cold". They gave us this Terramycin eye cream for her eyes b/c they're runny, but she's sneezing and wheezy. They said she'd be fine in a few days and to just do the eye cream 2-3 times a day. We're wondering if she needs something more for her chest/nose b/c she wheezes when she breathes and keeps sneezing. Also, is a cat cold contageous for other cats?

She's a real sweetie and I'll post her pic later.
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Wow another cat? How many is that now?

Cat colds are very contageous. I'd keep her seperate from the others if possible. Most cat colds will resolve on their own (both of my cats had it when I brought them home) and usually only require antibiotics when they are super runny nose/eyes and congested. From the sounds of it, maybe this cat could use a few doses of clavamox.
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