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Kitty help needed
I have a 4 year old, indoor-only cat (one of 2). She has a habit of chewing on this one corn plant I have (nibbling, really).

For the last week or so, she's been throwing up, sometimes a few times a day, sometimes none at all. Sometimes it's food, sometimes it's yellowy-green tummy acid. But she has a history of a delicate stomach.

I noticed this morning that she is sneezing. Like, probably 40 times this morning already. They seem to come in little groups of 2-8, with breaks between them. She kind of winks up one eye and twitches that side of her nose, like something irritating her, then sneezes. Again. And again.

How could an indoor cat get sick? We don't even wear shoes in the house, we don't carry outside germs inside. Could it be allergies? Suddenly?

Advice is welcome!
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equusentric From: equusentric Date: July 28th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Believe me, indoor cats can get sick. I've spent more on vet bills for the cats than all my other critters combined. :o/

There are a few respiratory virus that are airborne, and can be brought into the house on clothing (shirt or pants)...but they tend to be the more mild ones. Most viral respiratory issues clear up within a week. If it lasts longer than about five days, or the cat develops conjunctivitis, a vet visit may be warranted.

The tummy issue sounds more like a hair issue to me. Do you give your cats hairball preventative?
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: July 29th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I give her anti-hairball treats sometimes, but not that often. The smaller one won't touch them, but Rosie will eat anything.

I probably should get her some hairball remedy. I think I found... one or two over the last year that she has hawked up. At first, I thought it was a weird sort of poop (since it was similar shaped), but it was is a watery spot, and might have been compacted hair. *urk*

I always get a paper towel, turn away, and grab it up because I gag if I think about it. *urk*
shape5 From: shape5 Date: July 28th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
First of all, yes, cat can develop allergies as adults. Also, they could get a cold, the flu, or stomach flu without leaving the house. I assume you and your SO do leave, and maybe sometimes people come over. You never know.

My last cat developed an allergy to his food at the age of between 4-7 (he was a stray) and after months of eating the same food. The vet said it is very common.
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: July 28th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
My last cat developed an allergy to his food
Mine are on prescription cat food!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: July 29th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I have them on MaxCat Adult food, and have ever since I got them 3 years ago. I hope it's not the food! Because the little one is so picky... and thin. At least it's the big fat one that's got the issues right now.

The SO says not to worry unless she loses weight... but that shows that she's been ill for quite a while, and I don't want to let it go. I'll give it a few days, and if it doesn't get better (or worsens)... I'll make him take her to the vet (as I'm working the next 2 days). Or maybe I can take her in the day before my surgery...

I just hope the Posey gets better soon! She has only sneezed about 3 times since I've been home (30 minutes), and she's quiet now. Maybe she's getting better?

mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: July 28th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
could be allergies, could be a cold.
Either way I always get scared and take them to the vet & spend $$$ on antibiotics and junk.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: July 29th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
If she's not better by Monday, I'll take her in. Or to the expensive 24 hr Emergency place if she gets worse.
ozbrat From: ozbrat Date: July 28th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
My advice to you would be to put the cat outside. Animals shouldn't live inside.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: July 29th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Here's hoping your icon is your meaning!

I don't want them to get diseases, hurt from fighting with other animals, hit by cars... it's safer indoors, and we have a big house.
gabilady From: gabilady Date: July 28th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
have you switched soap or detergent recently? we switched from Tide to something cheaper and our calico developed bad allergies. we had to use tide and Ivory soap from then on.
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