vomiting mystery solved...new problem
After noticing objects slowly being destroyed (shredded edges of our treadmill mat) or outright disappear (my hair ties) and finding them in Velvet's puke which graces us with its presence four to six times a month, we've finally figured out the reason for his vomiting episodes. Ladies and gentlemen, my cat will eat ANYTHING. If he can get it into his mouth, he'll try to swallow it. Wires, carpet fiber, tissue, bits of paper, plastic, metal (yes, metal. I saw him try to bite off a piece of our treadmill. Chipped a tooth doing it...fortunately, the vet checked it out and declared there was no damage other than the slightly chipped tooth)...you name it, he'll try it.
So this is what I did. First, I consulted with the vet to determine whether this eating anything and everything in sight was based on teething or perhaps some sort of nutritional deficiency. After checking him over, she answered in the negative and told me that some animals are just like this...little vaccuum cleaners with no regard to the consequences. She told me that I would simply have to be careful about what I leave lying around and hope for the best. She recommended bitter apple spray to try to lessen the chewing incidences.
It's been over a month since the vet visit. We vaccuum frequently to pick up stray carpet fibers and other little bits and pieces that occasionally fall to the floor. I keep an eye out to make sure there's nothing he can swallow within easy reach. I'm using the bitter apple spray on wires, the treadmill mat and other places he eyes for potential chewing. I say "No" firmly or clap my hands loudly when I catch him in an illegal chewing act.
But he still manages to find stuff to swallow 'cause he's still vomiting up random objects along with his food. For whatever reason, he only vomits up objects after he eats, and today is the second day in a row that he's done so and I still don't think he got rid of whatever it is he swallowed. And before you all start worrying, he has kept down 1 meal since he threw up once yesterday and once today, is being his usual hyper self and doesn't seem otherwise affected by it. I even gently prodded his tummy like the vet showed me and he seemed fine. The vet told me that if he's doing all his normal stuff during vomiting episodes and doesn't try to bite my hand off if I gently prod his stomach, he is probably ok.
This is driving me bananas. I'm getting tired of cleaning up cat puke. Tired of constantly worrying that he'll one day swallow something that won't come out in vomit...like a lot of people, we're scrimping to get by on one salary because the job market blows and there's no way I can afford thousands in vet bills. Velvet KNOWS he isn't supposed to be swallowing anything other than his food and water. I know he knows because he bolts like lightening whenever I catch him in the act and tries to hide under a chair or table (his typical "I've done something I shouldn't" behavior). But I still can't get him to stop.
Oh...and I thought perhaps it might be due to boredom. Hubby and I have spent more time playing with him and he has a few toys he adores that he plays with and can safely chew on. That hasn't really helped much though.