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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Question Over-eating or something else?

My 16 year old boy has always been a barfy cat. Poor guy rarely goes 2 weeks without barfing. No one's ever found anything wrong though. Just recently I noticed something though after all these years. Not sure if it's new ir not, but, he'll be laying in bed with me, 45 minutes to an hour after he last ate, and he'll jump up and down off the bed because he's got to vomit (good boy for getting off the bed!) and within a few minutes of vomiting, he'll be in the litter box, too. Which just strikes me as unusual. If he's just barfed up the last meal he had, why need the litter box at the same time?

My theory with his persistent, life long vomiting, has always been over eating. I've never seen him eat too much, but after 16 years it's all I've got. Recently I thought about drinking too much; he'll sit and drink for 5 minutes straight sometimes. Anyway I just wanted to run it by others, because I know he hates it, and older as he now is, I worry about it more, even if it's been a life long issue. He's got no other symptoms of illness. Occasionally people suggest diabetes, because he lives to drink, but he doesn't have any symptoms and never tests positive either.

Any spit balling, ideas, are appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 09:52 AM
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Has he had his senior blood panel? It could be a kidney issue. Cats are really good at hiding medical issues, so there could be more symptoms that you just haven't seen yet.

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No, hate the idea of a stressful vet visit. Ugh. Maybe next week when it's not 90+ out, will try.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 05:37 AM
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Maybe it's a motility issue like gastroparesis where the stomach doesn't empty itself and food just sits in the stomach. Have you tried a digestive enzyme with probiotics powder for cats?
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Get his kidneys checked ASAP (bloodwork, urinalysis). Have a thyroid test (usually called a T4 test) run while you're at the vet - kidney failure and thyroid issues are pretty much a given in older cats, and you want to catch those things as soon as you possibly can. Don't put it off on a cat his age. My girl was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 14.

You didn't mention what you feed your gentleman - has it always been the same food, or at least the same protein source? Kibble or canned? Have you done any experimenting with limited-ingredient diets, or eliminating certain ingredients/protein sources? Do you free-feed? If you think it's over-eating, have you considered reducing his food intake and spreading his meals out? (or if you free-feed, eliminate the grazing and switch him to set meals)

Also, does he ever regurgitate? Regurgitating happens immediately after food is eaten - basically as soon as it hits the stomach, it gets sent right back out, with zero digestion. Or is it always vomiting, some time after he's eaten, after some digestion has taken place?


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