He's doing pretty well now. He threw up a couple times last week, but not too bad. He's been sleeping in our bedroom at night and eating his sensitive stomach food. That reduces his stress level and lets him eat in peace. (and he gets the cuddles he wants too.)
Keep an eye on him if he suddenly stops eating or is very lethargic and has a significant weight-loss...it could be an early onset of cholangiohepatitis, which is caused by some of the bile traveling up the bile duct and into the liver during the stress and straining associated with vomiting in middle-aged cats. Cholangiohepatits can be fatal if not treated early, and can be costly to treat, too. Keep an eye on Beans, and I hope the change in diet works out for him!
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GERD in cats is possible. Talk to your vet about it. Most likely a food allergy. Also, give him a place to eat w/ o the other cats nearby. so he can take his time. I even raised the bowl about 5-6 inches for mine and that helped. ( She is such a diva!) BTW: Nature's miracle is a wonderful ting to have around when cats hork.
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You may have to experiment with several foods before you find the right one. Keeping him brushed well is good, too. I'm sure that stress isn't helping either.
My cat Alice seems to have a hairball problem now and then. I'll hear that unmistakable sound and will find a horked up hairball somewhere in the house (usually in the one room that has carpet. She never seems to have these attacks when she's on the linoleum or the hardwood floor, where it's easy to clean). My other cat, Maggie May, doesn't seem to have hairballs, but she does upchuck on rare occasions. Maybe she eats too fast, sometimes.
My previous cat (Callie, RIP) used to like the hairball medicine. I'd let her lick it off of my finger and put any leftover smidgeon on her paw for her to lick. Alice and MM do not like hairball medicine. I tried putting some on Alice's paw and she flung it off across the room (I found it a few days later in the corner of the kitchen, and it took me a couple of minutes to figure out what that little brown, dried-up thing was!) Cats!
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Thanks everyone for your help! Yeah, I think it may be a combination of stress, hairballs, and upset stomach. He's never been a bit eater compared to my other cats, and he seems to have indigestion a lot afterwards (almost like he has GERD or something). I think I'll try to experiment with some different foods like some people mentioned. And yeah, I started brushing him too. He's got the shortest hair and doesn't shed much so I kinda neglected to do that with him vs. the other cats. Thanks again! We'll see what helps.
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My cat used to be on hairball food until she had to go on a diet, so now we deal with hairballs again. Sometimes it can take Piglet up to 2 or 3 weeks to really work out a hair ball. We'll have little throw up spots for weeks leading up to it, mostly just water, sometimes food, sometimes a little hair. Then finally, she'll have a big hairball and be fine for a couple of months and it will all start over again.
It's unfortunate to not know for sure what the cause is so we can talk about how to fix that, right? I hope you figure it out.
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Sounds like it could be hairballs but I'm not a Vet so not sure. Have you tried hand feeding for a while? Poor you and poor kitty...:( Try to be patient. Remember you are the only one that can really help this poor kitty. Good luck. It happens to all of us at one time or another. Cindy
When they did "all of his bloodwork," did they include a thyroid panel? Vomiting like that can indicate thyroid issues. You should ask your vet about that, because I believe it's a separate blood test.
The sensitive stomach food sounds like a good idea, too.
Ahhh, poor kitty and poor frustrated kitty mom! I have had this, too, but also with loose bowels We also had success with a food change, which meant we fed it to all 3 of our cats! I hear good things on Royal Canine, and you maybe able to have your vet give a very mild tranquilizer if that doesn't work, as maybe it is stress from the other cat! Kitty Prozac! Good Luck!
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My old cats went through a bout of throwing up for unknown reasons. They had a clean bill of health from the vet. I had to experiment with their food until I found Royal Canin "for delicate stomachs" or something like that. That worked like a charm. I'm not sure if they still make it, but you just may have to experiment with his food, and keep monitoring his health. Good luck!
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Hi guys. Just seeing if anyone has some input here. My cat, Beans, has been throwing up for the past 3 weeks on and off. I took him to the vet and they did all the blood tests and everything is normal. Some of the puke has hair it it, some doesn't. The vet wasn't sure what it was from, maybe brought on by a combo of stress and hairballs. (Our newest cat seems to like to terrorize and chase him a lot.) I've got one of those Feliway diffusers in the main room where they all hang out and we've been letting Beans sleep in our room at night and have his own food dish in there, which he loves, but it doesn't seem to stop the puking. I've tried to give him the hairball medicine, but he won't eat it and instead it just gets all over him and the carpet (which is extremely hard to get out). I've tried giving him a indoor/hairball control food too. Any advice?
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