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Basic cat care for diarrhea and vomiting woes

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Karla Kirby

Diarrhea and vomiting are the most frequent problems seen in cats. They can take place together or alone. They both can be a very trivial problem or a dreadfully significant one. Vomiting is the act of ejecting contents from the stomach through the mouth. Diarrhea is the act of having unusually loose or liquid stools. This can be linked with an increased rate of bowel movements. Some felines will have a huge amount of liquid or peculiarly loose stools once while others will have semi-formed stools recurrently with straining. Vomiting and diarrhea can be rooted in a variety of problems which encompass eating something that is not digestible, eating too much, changes in the kitty’s food, eating outdated food,, infectious agents which include bacterial, viruses or parasites and systemic problems like diabetes, pancreatitis, cancer, liver disease or kidney disease as well. Vomiting and diarrhea can affect your cat by causing extreme fluid loss, which leads to dehydration, electrolyte disorders and/or acid-base imbalances. Handling both diarrhea and vomiting can be quite complex. In the instance of vomiting, food is often withheld for 2 to 4 hours while with diarrhea even often longer. If your cat is acting ill, lethargic or the vomiting and/or diarrhea persists—contact your veterinarian ASAP. Be sure to administer only prescribed medications. Always check with your veterinarian before giving any medications at all. Many medications are very, very dangerous to cats. Withhold food and water for two hours. Often the stomach lining may simply be very irritated. Some cats will want to eat even when their stomach is irritated, and therefore, they will continue to vomit. Give their stomach time to recoup for a few hours. If a couple of hours have passed and your cat has not vomited, offer tiny amounts of water--a few tablespoons at a time—is ideal. Keep on offering these modest amounts of water ever 20 minutes or so until your kitty is fully hydrated. Some cats refuse to drink water. You still should offer fresh water in a new, clean, fresh bowl, sometimes adding ice cubes to the water can persuade a feline to drink. More often, offering tuna juice can kindle cats to drink. If there has been no vomiting after the small servings of water are offered, then you may slowly offer a bland diet. Tiny, but frequent feedings of a mild digestible diet does wonders. You can even make a homemade diet of boiled chicken or turkey. Don't get too exited and over feed because he/she may gobble up the entire bowlful and vomit again. Offer him/her about a square inch square piece of meat, cut up into tiny, little pieces. If there are no vomiting episodes, offer a wee bit more approximately an hour later. Administer diminutive amounts every three to four hours for the first day. You may slowly but surely increase the amount and reduce the frequency as your kitty tolerates. Many veterinarians advocate Pepcid AC® to decrease stomach acid. This helps many felines. The dosage most generally used is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hours. Therefore, a 10-pound cat should get about 2.5 to 5 mg (total dose) once to twice each day. This is an oral medication, which can be purchased at most pharmacies in the antacid section. Pepcid does not necessitate a prescription. It is regularly used for three to five days. But check with your veterinarian first. Feed the bland diet for at least twp days. When the two days are up, slowly return to regular cat food. In the beginning, mix a little of your cat's regular food into the bland diet. Feed that for one meal. Next feed a 50/50 mix for one meal. After that feed ¾ cat food and ¼ bland diets for a meal. Finally, return to feeding your cat's regular food. If your cat goes out, even for a short amount of time, keep your cat in until you know for certain her/his problems has resolved. Monitor your cat's general activity and appetite. Scrutinize for the presence of blood in the stool, the onset of vomiting, or worsening of signs. Have your cat examined by your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. Medication should never, ever, ever be administered without first checking with your veterinarian. Never, ever administer medication to cats without first consulting with a veterinarian. Toxicity needs to be avoided at all costs. If the vomiting and/or diarrhea persists or gets worse, if you notice blood in the vomit or feces, or if other strange symptoms appear, call your veterinarian on the triple. Do not underestimate the importance of this: If the vomiting and/or diarrhea persist after your cat eats, if your feline doesn't want to eat or if your kitty acts lackluster, medical attention is necessary. Please see your veterinarian right away, don’t delay... If your cat is losing weight, if you notice blood in the vomit or feces, or if your cat has unproductive vomiting (retching) this is a central medical emergency. Don’t wring those hands, ring the veterinarian instead.

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