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Cat prescribed bland diet for vomiting and she won't eat it any advice?

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by pytsip, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. pytsip

    pytsip Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I have a 2 year old cat who has had quite a few health problems over the past 2 years.  Most recently, she has been vomiting and unable to hold anything down since Friday (5 days ago).  Yesterday, she saw the vet and he gave her an anti-nausea, antacid, and antibiotic.  He gave me a diet regimen that was to start today with giving her water, and then chicken broth, and then boiled chicken.  So I have let her have at the water and she is fine with that.  But now I have boiled the chicken, and given her the broth from that and she won't touch it.  I thought that maybe if I put a tiny piece of shredded chicken in the broth and let her taste it, that she would realize she would like the broth, but she won't even try the chicken.  She does still have an appetite, when I fed the other cat, she tried to eat it as well so I know it's not an issue of no appetite.  I don't know how to get her to eat the broth/chicken.  Has anyone had any experience with this?  Is there any advice that you can give?  
     

  2. denice

    denice Advisor Staff Member Advisor

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    My kitty who was being treated for then undiagnosed IBD flares would never eat the plain boiled chicken.  That is the standard advice for digestive issues and also for isolating the cause of diarrhea.  Have you called the vet?  Kitty really does need to eat, a kitty that goes too long without eating will develop a serious liver issue.  I personally would try a wet food that is different from what she had been eating.

    Are these episodes part of the issues she has been having? 
     
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  3. pytsip

    pytsip Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you so much Denice for answering.  About a year ago she had an infection that was causing her to have an inflammation of her spleen.  That was treated with antibiotics and she hasn't had any issues with it since.  I don't believe that the current issue is related at all and the vet didn't say anything about it.  

    Originally this morning, I had misunderstood what the vet meant by weaning her into it and so I had given her a small amount of wet food (Science Diet which she has had since a kitten) and she instantly threw that back up and when I had called the vet about it, he gave me very specific directions about nothing but chicken broth, chicken, and white rice.  I did, just minutes after posting this, get her to eat a dime sized amount of shredded chicken (which stayed down) but I can't get her to eat any more of it and she still looks at me like I'm crazy when I put the broth in front of her.  Since she at the small amount, I don't know if she will eventually get hungry enough to eat some more of it?  As I told the vet, there's no sign of lethargy and she is drinking water, so I don't know if I should just force her into being hungry enough to eat it?  I mean I really don't have any other option that I know of since the food that she will eat she can't retain.
     

  4. handsome kitty

    handsome kitty TCS Member Top Cat

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    Can you add a little tuna water to so it smells more?
     

  5. pytsip

    pytsip Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I had read that fish was something to avoid.  However, my boyfriend suggested something and it seems to have worked, at least for the first try.  The wet food that Halo eats is the chunky chicken kind that has a sauce with it.  He suggested I poured some of the sauce onto the plain chicken and she actually ate the chicken then.  I don't know if this is something I'll have to continually do or if she is now aware that the plain chicken tastes good.  We will see!
     

  6. handsome kitty

    handsome kitty TCS Member Top Cat

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    Stage 1 baby food is also good. might be better than the gravy.
     
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  7. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Top Cat

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    These are the safe baby foods for cats: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/225595/anyone-else-have-an-only-gravy-licker/60#post_3749885
    A bland diet is ok for a couple of day but after that you really need to start adding in regular cat food after consulting the vet. Bland diets of chicken and broth are nutrient deficient for cats.

    You may want to try a home cooked bland diet. There are recipies here: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/264153/home-cooked-cat-food-resources

    Have you tried Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken? It's basically shredded chicken in gravy.

    Fish is ok once in awhile, just not every day.
     
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  8. pytsip

    pytsip Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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  9. denice

    denice Advisor Staff Member Advisor

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  10. ldg

    ldg TCS Member Veteran

    I am so sorry. :hugs: :rub: But thank you for sharing. Far too many people think vomiting is "normal" for cats, and write it off for so many reasons. Just like in people, we shouldn't expect our cats to vomit.

    I'm really sorry you had to say good-bye, but hopefully through you, her experience will help teach others. :hugs: :heart2:
     

  11. pytsip

    pytsip Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    That's exactly why I wanted to share.  I understand that sometimes it is the normal diagnoses such as obstruction or food intolerance, but I also wanted to let other kitty parents out there know that if something in your gut tells you that it's something more serious, don't be afraid to tell your vet you think that it is.  My biggest thing was that I was tired of the guessing and even though I didn't want to shell out the $300 for the x rays and $300 for the blood work, the biggest thing was that I didn't want to keep guessing and not have a solution because the longer it took to get to the bottom of what was causing it, the more she was suffering.

    In the end, it's your cat.  You know them best, your vet may know medical issues, but you know your cat and if you know in your heart that something more serious is causing the issue, the speak up about it, it wouldn't have saved Halo, but it could have saved her from having to starve the past two weeks because she couldn't eat.
     

  12. momofmaxwell

    momofmaxwell TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I'm sorry for the loss of your babe.it truly is so hard frantically searching the web to find an answer.Sometimes ther is something.other times i find there isn't.but we try.Thank you for sharing.Vomiting like others had said is not normal.inappetance is not normal.All key factors to something.Hugs during this very trying time of loss.C.
     

  13. denice

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    I think a huge issue with chronic vomiting is that it is so difficult to diagnose.  My kitty's IBD flares started when he was only 18 months old and the symptoms mimicked foreign body ingestion.  Long story short, after six years of vet hopping, 2 hospitalizations, 1 ER visit, too many x-rays to count, and I don't want to total up the cost I found a vet that diagnosed him properly.  At the point I took him to one more vet he had hepatic lipidosis, that was after a vet at another cat's only clinic told me that fatty liver wasn't a concern because he was a little underweight.  She said that underweight cats don't get fatty liver disease.  I found out the hard way that it takes them longer to develop it but they can develop it.

    I think many vets, because blood work comes back normal, will say they are just sensitive or some cats are just like that.  That is what one of the vets that ended up hospitalizing him on an I.V. said, that he was just extremely sensitive.
     
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  14. seaturtle

    seaturtle TCS Member Adult Cat

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    I agree about the baby food - I use Stage 2, chicken only.

    I cannot figure out why they make the slices or pieces in gravy. My cats never eat the pieces, either, so I always have to put it in the blender. I have never seen one of my cats eat the pieces.

    Mine would never eat the plain chicken or the broth. They will (smile) go for fried chicken.
     
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