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Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.
I'm sorry to hear that poor Archie ate some grass, vomited it back up and is now intermittently gagging and unable to comfortably snooze.
The good news is that he is able to swallow and keep food down, so that means an obstruction is very, very unlikely.
But his continued gagging means that something remains that is irritating him and causing him to gag.
I suspect that when he initially vomited he did so with enough force that a piece or two of grass got refluxed up into the back of his pharynx/nose or stuck on his soft palate, and that is causing him to gag. The concern is that sometimes they can gag or snort enough that the piece(s) get pulled up into his nose or sinuses and that can lead to inflammation and a chronic stuffy nose/discharge.
Ideally he would see a veterinarian. They can sedate him and take a look behind his soft palate and flush his nose out to remove any plant material before the grass gets embedded.
This is far back enough that you won't be able to see or remove the plant material yourself unfortunately. And the sooner this is addressed the better.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
I'm glad to hear that he is more comfortable. Stress should not make him gag, but it could affect his appetite so I am glad to hear that he is eating.
It is possible that the sharp grass cut his throat/esophagus as he swallowed or when he vomited. So I would feed him soft foods this weekend. But in many cases with a persistent gag we find a piece of plant material caught up behind the soft palate.
I had one kitty that gagged for a couple weeks and ended up sneezing out part of a pine needle. We couldn't pull it out so we ended up sedating him and found the other end was wrapped around his soft palate.
That sounds like a very good plan.
It can be hard to tell how concerned to be when they are big babies, (I have one of those too), but you know him well so I am confident that you will know if things still aren't right by Monday and get him in.
You are very welcome. It's hard not to worry when they cannot talk, and seem so uncomfortable, of course they make us concerned. Take care, and please let me know how your "panther" comes along.
Oh my, he is gorgeous! I look forward to getting an update from you in the next few days, my best to your fellow.
I am so pleased to hear he is fine. He is so handsome. That face is a combination of I am gorgeous and I know it and you are annoying me human.
I agree. They bring so much joy to us, it's hard not to do our best to repay that.
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Hello, I'm sorry to hear that he is sneezing when cleaning himself. That is strange. It is possible that with lots of cleaning and swallowing he is irritating a still sore throat, leading to a bit of tearing and post nasal drip causing him to sneeze.
But it's possible too that there is something caught in the back of his nose/throat that gets tickled when he licks and swallows.
If this is a mild respiratory infection it should come and go pretty quickly (within a week or so).
But if this persists I do think sedation and a peek behind his soft palate is best.
Sounds good, please let me know how things go for him.