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Female cat, 4 years old, ate a bitter almond biscuit (Amoretto)

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Female cat, 4 years old, ate a bitter almond biscuit (Amoretto) sometime during Monday night. Vomited all day Tuesday, went to vet on Wednesday and had an anti-vomiting injection. Blood tests etc. showed nothing untoward. She has been drinking plenty water but eating nothing and not peeing. She has just vomited up all the water she has drunk. I shall take her back to the vet to-morrow morning but is there anything else I can do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
When a pet is unable to keep water down without vomiting, I'm afraid there is very little you can do at home. The most important thing to do is to restrict her to absolutely NO access to anything at all to eat or drink. This is important for two basic reasons:The presence of any food or water can perpetuate vomiting under some circumstances, making the pet sickerShe is (as you've realized) unable to put any food or water to use anyway, as long as she's vomiting so severely. I would advise confining her to a small room or carrier with no food or water, just a comfortable bed and litter box. You'll want to be able to report all urination, defecation, and vomiting to the vet when you get her there. It goes without saying that she needs to see the vet as soon as this is possible. (typing more)
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
I'm relieved to hear her bloodwork showed nothing untoward. That means it's unlikely we have to worry about things like liver disease, kidney disease, adrenal disease, or other metabolic concerns being the cause of the vomiting. Unfortunately, since she failed to respond to conservative treatment, it's also apparent that this is something more than just a run-of-the-mill upset stomach. Possibilities include:pancreatitisdietary intolerance or sensitivityexposure to some sort of toxina gastro-intestinal foreign body or obstructionother GI diseases: inflammatory bowel disease, torsion, and even tumorsI wish I had better news for you, and I wish there was more you could do for her at home. Unfortunately, that simply isn't the case. She needs aggressive medical diagnostics and care.Does this help to answer your question today?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** that pretty well covers everything. I'm afraid bitter almonds contain cyanide which could be what's making her ill. I've removed the water and will run to the vet in the morning. Thank you again, Patricia
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
Sounds like a good plan. I'll be hopeful she has a speedy recovery. Best of luck to you both. Thank you.

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