Help me help my sick cat.
February 18, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
Our cat isn't eating or drinking. He's been to vet, but doesn't seem to be getting better. Please help.
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (15 answers total)
Starting Tuesday, our cat started vomiting lots of clear/yellow/foamy liquid and hasn't, as far as we know, eaten since then. I think the vomiting stopped on Friday morning; I haven't seen any new spots since then. We took him to the vet Friday afternoon, and they did blood work and took x-rays. The blood work was all normal and showed nothing linking it to liver or kidney function, and the x-ray showed a lot of gas in his colon but no obstructions. The vet did a rectal exam and found what she thinks is "some hard feces just out beyond reach." She gave him fluids under his skin, a 24-hour anti-nauseant, and a 3-day appetite stimulant.
It's now about 16 hours later and he's still showing little interest in eating and drinking despite the appetite stimulant. He had a little food last night, but won't touch anything this morning. He looks a lot better, likely due to the fluids, and he's purring and wanting lots of attention, sitting right next to us wherever we are. We're going to go get some new foods and maybe some chicken to cook for him, to maybe entice him to eat, but beyond that, we're stumped. He definitely hasn't vomited again since receiving the anti-nauseant, so that's the lone bright spot.
What really terrifies me is that we've exhausted any money we have available to get him treatment and if this doesn't abate, if he doesn't start eating and drinking, I have no idea what to do. We really can't afford to take him back to the vet, let alone to the 24-hour vet hospital (now that it's the weekend), and really really can't afford surgery to find out if there's a blockage or something.
Does anyone have ideas or advice on where to go from here? Have you been in this situation? A comforting word at least?