Tue, Nov 28, 2023

My cat ate about 30 minutes ago and started having issues throwing up multiple times and having a little bit of diarrhea and/or constipation. She threw up all the food (wet food) and then started just throwing up what I assume is bile. What I thought was most weird was that she started standing as if she was going to poop. She always uses the litter box and has never had an issue pooping outside of a box but it was almost like she couldn’t help it. I moved her to the box but no poop came out. Only a little bit of what I assume is diarrhea. She then licked her butt and threw up again. She tried to poop again but only a tiny drop came out. Afterwards I cleaned her butt myself with some toilet paper to help her not digest it when cleaning. So far she’s been acting normal and hasn’t thrown up or needed to poop for about 15 minutes to now. We recently took her back home for the holiday where she ate dry food. Her normal diet is wet food however with the amount of other pets at my parents house, it’s impossible to help her stick on just her diet as other pets will eat her food or she’ll eat the dry food too. After coming back home yesterday we just started feeding her her wet food again. My guess is the jump in different food really upset her or she was eating too much too fast. While she is starting to seem like her upset stomach is no longer there, I just wanted to ask and make sure nothing more serious might be happening.

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Cats have sensitive stomachs, and abrupt changes in diet can lead to gastrointestinal distress, manifesting as vomiting and diarrhea or constipation.

The vomiting of bile after food suggests that her stomach was irritated and trying to expel its contents. The standing posture resembling an attempt to defecate, combined with little to no stool production, could indicate constipation or colonic irritation, which might be secondary to the dietary change or an underlying issue such as dehydration or hairballs.

At home, temporarily withhold food for about 12 hours to allow her stomach to settle. Ensure she has access to fresh water to prevent dehydration.

After the fasting period, reintroduce a bland diet in small, frequent meals. Boiled chicken or white fish with rice can be gentle on the stomach. If she tolerates this well, gradually mix in her regular wet food over several days.

And take your cat to the hospital if you observe any of the following:

- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea, especially if there is blood present.
- Signs of dehydration (e.g., sunken eyes, lethargy, dry gums).
- Severe abdominal pain or discomfort.
- Continued attempts to defecate with no stool production, which could indicate an obstruction.
- Any other concerning symptoms such as difficulty breathing, collapse, or profound lethargy.

In conclusion, since she is now normal, it is recommended to fast for a short period of time and then monitor her condition. Please watch for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, lethargy, and decreased appetite. If she develops symptoms, let me know or take her to the hospital.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.