Hi. I have 3 cats. One cat is a 22 pound Maine-coon, the other two are domestic short hairs. They've all been spayed and or neutered and they're all related. The cats are range in age from 14, 13.5 and 13 (98 or so in cat years, apparently). They seem to be all doing fairly well, but the oldest one (the mother of the other two) keeps vomiting. I know cats vomit. This is an unusual amount of vomiting for her. I read that it could be a skin issue (not on this forum) and that the cure (for this person's cat) was to use hydrocortisone lotion and fish oil capsules for its' skin.
First of all having 3 cats is impossible. The younger female will groom both the male cat and his mother. The mother will only groom the other female. If I put flea treatment on any of these cats the younger female will lick it off and that makes her vomit. She's over that now. However, the mother (the one who got the flea treatment) is now vomiting and it's more than once a day. There's no obvious reason for it, no suspicious look to it, and I'm going nuts.
I shampooed the carpet, treated the carpet, re-vacuumed the carpet, re-treated the carpet for fleas as was suggested and then applied this flea treatment only to the mother cat (keeping her in all day and letting the other two out so the flea treatment could work for several hours before the younger female licked it off of her.
Now we're back to vomit all over the carpet again. I've never seen anything like it. Is it prevalent in older animals? I know the yf vomited because she ate flea treatment. But I haven't treated the other two cats because I'm up to here with vomit now and I know for sure that will make it worse.
The vet!??? I can't afford it. I just spent over $200 for the flea treatments, and renting a shampooer for the carpet, not to mention my time which was ridiculous. Anyone got any ideas and if anyone has used the fish oil do you rub it on or let them eat it?
I've had the mother cat (a pregnant foundling with no home) and spent lots of money on vet bills. Every single kitten that was birthed in our home (18 so far) have been provided with good homes through pet adoption provided by local pet stores. Each and every one of the kittens that left this home went to new homes with their first set of shots and worming etc., provided BY ME. All of my cats' care is up to date -- the general stuff.
However, life and times change. I love my animals and I have a new problem that I would like viable help for from a nice person. You obviously are not the person I'd hoped to hear from. My cats (if you bothered to read the entire post) range in age from 15 to 13 and I don't plan on getting any more pets after this as I cannot afford the vet bills at this time.
If I could I would have gone to the vet with this problem and my cat instead of posting on this website and asking kind, like-minded people for help.
When some people get their hands on a keyboard they can be quite a jerk, you know?
If you just want to fight with someone -- pick someone else (please).
Vomiting can be due to lots of things. In an older cat of 15 I would be suspicious of kidney or liver issues. Is she eating more than usual or drinking more than usual? Have you noticed any loss of weight? I would also be suspicious of a Thyroid condition if she is eating a lot more and losing weight. Or diabetes if she is drinking more than normal. Of course you won't know for sure without a vet visit and bloodwork done.
What kind of food is she on? If she is on an adult food then I would maybe switch to a senior food for all three of them. Maybe the adult food is too rich for her. Are they eating canned or dry? Is she eating too rapidly? Chowing down food fast can also cause vomiting. Maybe switching from a dry only diet to a canned diet would be easier on her to digest if it is a digestion issue.
Could she be chewing on a houseplant? I know my cats will vomit after they have chewed on a plant. i have known cats who have had vomiting issues and were put on small amts of Pepcid AC for treatment. However I don't have any way of knowing whether your cat has the same issue.
Enough grabbing at straws here. I don't know what else to say other than if the vomiting is so severe that you have actually had to rent a carpet cleaner to clean up cat puke .... it's time for a vet visit.
Is the vomiting coinciding with the application of the flea treatment? How often are you applying it and what brand are you using? If you are using any of the over the counter products like HARTZ stop using it right away. If you are applying it more than once a month, don't.
It could be she is having a reaction to the topical flea treatment. I have seen that before and much much worse reactions.
Thanks SO MUCH for your kind reply. Actually this cat (the oldest and mother of the younger two) was just at the vet recently and given a clean bill of health. We had her checked because she was urinating in odd places and the vet checked her over and said this was purely behavioral. I thought she might be having urinary issues or kidney problems. I adore my animals.
My son is 26 now, but when he lived at home she thought she was HIS mother and used to lick his head. This cat is awesome. But after the vet said the problem was behavioral, I sat down with the cat (believe it or not) and had a heart to hear with her and she stopped and has never done it since. However, she had been given antibiotics in the past and I thought of the flea medicine issues, but actually I don't treat my cats for fleas "as directed." I use the product Advantage, but sparingly -- maybe once a month in the heavy flea season, but not more than two months in a row. I treat my entire yard with lyme which helps a lot. But my cats go outside for a specific period of time (with supervision) and come in promptly at dinnertime. Since her daughter will groom her I treated the house with heavy carpet shampoo (steam clean) and then Adams Spray throughout and kept the cats off of the area until the product was dry and then in 3 days did the whole process again and let it dry. I let the other two cats outside, treated the mother and kept her in (so her daughter wouldn't lick it off of her)and actually when I let the other two back into the house,(as usual) the daughter groomed her and did throw up. Since she did that the daughter hasn't really had a problem since.
LSS: (too late for that I guess) a neighbor had suggested (I admit I rolled my eyes) that they were country folk and when the animals (any of their pets cats, dogs, whathaveyou) would have upset stomach her great grandmother (mee maw or something)would put a spoon of cooked pumpkin in their food and it usually worked to settle the stomach. It was some type of treatment passed down from generations of people who didn't have ready access to vets apparently. She had frozen some in an ice cube tray the last time her cat had had upset stomach (as she called it) and gave me a couple of cubes and said to thaw it on a paper towel to get the moisture out and then mix it into the cat's food and at the very least (if she would even eat it) it couldn't hurt. Having 3 cats it is quite a challenge separating them, so I just got a can of moist food and mixed the pumpkin (about 3 tablespoons or so) into all their food. They not only liked it and ate all of it, I haven't had one further incident of vomiting from the mother cat (or any of them for that matter) since. I was going nuts. I'd go out of the room and come back in and step in cat sick.
So Pumpkin!!...........if anyone reads this. It's cheap and they seemed to like it and everyone's happy now. My next step was a pro-biotic cat food like IAMS or something -- thinking that maybe it was the recent use of antibiotics that was causing problems, but so far (two days now with no vomiting and everyone happy and no schlunking around) I'm thinking the pumpkin did the trick.
I so appreciate your kind and thoughtful replies. If anyone has similar issues I hope this helps.
If you constantly have flea problems, Your cats could also get worms from biting and eating fleas. That would cause the vomiting too. I buy the catlax products at the store, that has cod liver oil in it which helps my cat a lot with hairballs and vomitting. Also, I just recently found out that the Dog version of flea meds is the same for cats just a higher dose so you can get one application from like 1800petmeds and break it up according to their weight and save some cash.
I would never use dog flea treatment for my cat even if I calculated the dosage, because it is not the same as a cat's. There have been cats who have died over this. So, please just spend some extra money and get the right CAT flea treatment, because in the long run it will save you money from taking a trip to the vet.