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Cat (sigh)

Jack was meowing with some urgency for the past few days, but I couldn't figure out what the problem was. Petting him and rubbing his tummy made him purr, but didn't make him stop meowing. Then, this evening, he started letting out heartrending wails of loss and despair, and then threw up.

I don't know what to do now; call the vet, I suppose. He does have a bad habit of eating the sisal fibers he claws off the scratching post, which he sometimes throws up. But this didn't look like that. He also didn't eat much today: the cat food looked untouched.

After vomiting, he huddled behind the easy chair, as he sometimes does, and then came out and ate for a bit. So I hope that means he's feeling better now that he's been sick.

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jlrpuck
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
*gently scritches Jack, and sends you some chamomile tea*
np_complete
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks from both Jack and me!
kalleah
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Poor little guy. :(
np_complete
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
He's been perkier the past few days.
glory_jean
Jan. 29th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Poor kitty. :(

My husband's childhood cat used to make the most piteous wails before he expelled hairballs. I would just watch him to make sure he perks up before you take him to the vet. Cats with pica get sick a lot unsurprisingly. My male cat has a fondness for little bits of plastic cellophane, ick.
np_complete
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
He's definitely perked up -- he's seeking out affection and purring more. He did have an attack of stomach spasms yesterday when I was petting him -- kind of like full-body hiccups -- that I thought would turn into a vomiting episode, but he didn't vomit.

He's an enigmatic kitty and it's hard to tell what he wants, but he can be very sweet.
lolaraincoat
Jan. 29th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
We have yet to have a cat who is not an enthusiastic puker. Quick, our current smart cat (as opposed to the other cat, who is not clever at all) does the piteous-yowl thing before upchucking. But he is fine, we have come to understand.

My cat-horking question is, why do they like to puke on rugs, rather than hardwood or tile or lino? Why?
np_complete
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
One thing the yowl does teach us is that the everyday meow is not the sound of a cat in pain. When they're *really* upset, it's unambiguous!
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