For weeks, and really going back to December, our Teena has made a habit of, um, throwing up almost daily, often multiple times. Much of the time, it’s just saliva. The vet has tried various meds, including a probiotic, Flagyl and others to treat possible IBS, pancreatitis or gastritis, and we’ve done an extensive blood workup that shows nothing. She’s never lost her appetite, though, and has never acted like she feels all that bad. She’s not getting into anything that would cause this, as far as we know, and it’s certainly not showing up in what we’re cleaning up.
Saturday, the vet decided to give Teena a steroid shot to address any gastrointestinal inflammation she may have, and we’re continuing Flagyl and Cerenia for 2 weeks. If, after that, she goes back to her heaving ways, we’ll do X-rays to see if there might be an obstruction, tumor or something else going on.
Apparently it’s harder with cats to figure out these kinds of issues than with dogs. We’ve always been dog people, so we don’t really know, having gotten Teena as a kitten in 2012 when our son Will was hankering for a cat. We hate to see her going through this, especially when you hear her crying a few seconds before she’s going to throw up — cats always seem to know it’s coming, whether hairball or classic throw-up.
One side of Teena that has come out during this time: At the vet’s, she’s turned into Monster Cat, screaming, hissing, growling and caterwauling when they try to get her out of her carrier and do anything with her. On the last visit before yesterday, when they did the bloodwork, they had to put some kind of contraption over her carrier that allows her to breathe in an anesthetic so they could do what they needed to. She’s never been this way until the past 3 visits. Think that behavior is here to stay.
Poor Teena. We hope to figure out what’s making her puke — for her sake, and because cleaning up after her is getting a little monotonous.