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She's vomited a few times and seems lethargic. Hiding under

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She's vomited a few times and seems lethargic. Hiding under the furniture as well which isn't like her at all.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Does the vomit look liquidy or foamy? Is there food in it?
Customer: There was food in it at first then just seems like bile
JA: Could she have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: She's an outdoor cat so probably yes
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Bonnie. She's 1 and a half
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No. She's a healthy cat normally.

Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Bonnie is unwell.

How long ago did this start?

Would she allow you to check her gums to ensure they are pink and wet?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
It started this afternoon. Yes her gums are pink and wet
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
She seems to be in pain when I touch her stomach

Ok, thank you.

Has she had any other signs such as diarrhoea, a bloated abdomen or fast breathing?

Is she able to move about as normal with no limping or stiffness?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
No, just the sickness. She's moving ok but seems to be quite tired. She keeps hiding under furniture and doesn't want to be touched which is not like her at all.

Ok, I understand.

Just a few minutes as I type my full reply.

Vomiting and lethargy can have many causes in a young, outdoor cat including:

  • An infection
  • Eating something they shouldn't have e.g. rotten meat
  • Toxin ingestion
  • Parasites
  • Pancreatitis
  • Etc

She is likely hiding away as she feels nauseous / not herself.

If she seems otherwise okay and can be tempted to eat something bland (such as chicken and rice) and holds it down, this would be a good sign. I would monitor closely for any other symptoms and hopefully she improves shortly.

I would want to ensure she is up to date with a good quality wormer such as Panacur.

It would also be sensible to check the home and garden for any potential toxins such as house plants or anti freeze.

If she won't eat or seems quite unwell, a vet visit would not be inappropriate. The vet can check her over and may run some tests such as a blood test to determine why she is acting this way. She may well benefit from some anti nausea medicine or similar.

I do hope this helps!

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Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Thank you

Not at all. Please feel free to keep me updated and wishing Bonnie a speedy recovery.