HELP! Cat can't stop vomitting - Viral Infections in Cats..
This has been the worst week ever. My 5 year old cat started throwing up Monday night, so I called the vet first thing Tuesday morning, and they said just keep an eye on him, if it persists to call them back. He didn't throw up all day Tuesday, but started again at 9pm Tuesday night.
So I immediately got him into the vets by 10pm that night, and they kept him over night and put him on IV fluids, did xrays and blood tests and sent him home to wait for the results. As soon as I got him home at 4pm Wednesday, he was throwing up again. He couldn't even take a drink of water, much less eat food without throwing it up. So I took him right back in, and they did more tests. The blood work came back negative, so they did a dye test (serum?), to make sure there was nothing stuck in his stomach, which also turned up negative.
So finally, Friday they felt it was best to do surgery, and open him up and see what was going on. When they opened him up, they said all of his organs were bone dry, from dehydration, and his stomach and intestines are inflamed. While they were in there, they hydrated all of his organs, flushed out all of the bacteria and closed him back up. And said their "best guess" is that it's a viral infection, because everything else was fine.
Saturday they gave him anti-nausea shots and force fed him 6 times (because he still won't eat or drink on his own), and they said he kept his food down all day yesterday. Today (Sunday), they did not give him the anti-nausea shot, and force fed him again, but hes back to throwing up. I just spoke to them, and they said they're going to give him another anti-nausea shot, and then force feed him again in a couple hours to see if he will keep it down. The vet said that she has seen this in other cats, and at his age, she feels he will pull through this just fine, but its a waiting game of letting the virus runs its course. She says he'll be fine as long as they keep him hydrated and get food in him, but may need to call in a specialist, if the problems persist...
This really has me scared and devistated. He's my spoiled baby, and I can't lose him. I've been in hysterics all week. Counting tonight, he's now been staying at the vet hospital for 5 nights and going on 6 days tomorrow, and they said since he threw up today, he could possibly be there another few days to a week or more. Which is just added stress on my cat, because he's used to being spoiled and pampered, not poked and prodded and stuffed in a cage.
What scares me the most is, they said the viral infection is their 'best guess'.. and it just needs to run its course. What if they're wrong, and I'm putting my cat through all of this suffering, just to end up having to put him to sleep, and have to remember the last week of his life in that horrible place being poked and tortured? I'm just beside myself, and don't know what to do... I can't very well pick him up, and carry him out of there to another vets for a second opinion in his condition.
Has anyone else ever had a cat with a viral infection, that could shed some light if any of this is normal?