Vet Says Possible Bacterial Infection From Raw

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  1. kittens mom

    kittens mom Kittens life was lost to a negligent veterinarian. Top Cat

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    If your cat is still nauseous just giving something to keep her from throwing up would seem to be masking a possible medical issue.
     
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  2. Cats&Coffee

    Cats&Coffee TCS Member Young Cat

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    Hopefully that worked. She burps/gags whatever it is right at the beginning and a second time very audibly 3 seconds in. She does this without fail after she eats. Yes I am still giving the Ondansetron for nausea. I'm worried it's keeping her from throwing up even though Something is still wrong...

    I haven't gotten a chance to email them I will tonight though.
     
  3. maureen brad

    maureen brad TCS Member Super Cat

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    If she is still on medicine that could make her throw up. It could also be the kibble. Change in diet can make a cat sick and, if she has been used to the easy digestion of a raw diet, kibble is very hard for a cat to digest. I am glad she is feeling better but, honestly, you need to find a new vet. It was irresponsible of a vet to tell you that. If the commercial raw you were feeding was contaminated many cats would be sick.
     
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  4. kittens mom

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    In the video it's hard to tell but is she doing a lot of lip licking ?
     
  5. Cats&Coffee

    Cats&Coffee TCS Member Young Cat

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    You know I haven't noticed a lot of lip licking. To me it seems like she burps/gags then swallows a little
    Of what comes up? I'm starting to think she is just eating really quickly and that could cause the little bit
    Of gagging because she scarfs down her wet food. I am looking for a new vet
    But everything else seems normal. :dunno:
     
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  6. kittens mom

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    I think reading this thread the impression is you need to see another vet or get the one you have to do more than blame the raw diet. Treatment plans are not closed ended.
     
  7. Cats&Coffee

    Cats&Coffee TCS Member Young Cat

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    Just curious what would it mean if she did lick her lips a lot? I actually forgot to give her the anti nausea medication last night. No throw up but she did seem
    To lick her lips more after her 2nd meal.
     
  8. ignited-red

    ignited-red TCS Member Young Cat

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    Hi there,

    I have the same experience just like you, when my vets in my local areas all blaming raw food is the main source of bacteria infections. And they suggest that I should switch to dry and canned food. But still I didn't listened to what they are saying because proof fact that these 3 years I've feeding my cats with raw food, thank God, they are perfectly healthy and has a thick fur and muscular body type.

    How old is Stella? If she's a kitten, it is very possible to get contagious by bacterial infections because her immune system are still rebuilding and not as strong as adult cats.

    There's a lot of possible ways for a cat to get contagion with bacterial, it can comes from their living environment. Whether they live out/indoors. Are they play a lot with dirt and soil? And how do you keep froze your raw meat? There's a way how to safe store your meat in freezer within 3 days before give it your cat. Do you wash the raw meat properly before store it to freezer?

    I do believe that probiotic could help her better. Have you give to her besides antibiotics?

    Hope my answer could shed you a light and get well soon for Stella :)
     
  9. ignited-red

    ignited-red TCS Member Young Cat

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    Probably ask for second opinion vets and watch closely how's her conditions, are there any progress or not.
    You also need to observe her stools, recently when she poops, does her stools watery? what color? more stink than usual? Also watch her daily behavior, are there any drastic or small changes to her daily behavior such as poop outside her litter box etc,etc..
     
  10. lisahe

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    Licking the lips can be a sign of nausea. If fast eating is part of the problem, you might try feeding small meals three to five times a day, with the food spread out on a dish rather than piled up for easy eating. Placing the dish a few inches off the floor can help, too. We have a cat with a tendency to scarf and barf and all these things seem to help! (I work at home so can feed five meals a day but even three or four might help if you're only feeding two!)

    And @ignited-red raises a good point about kittens and stomach upset: I forget exactly how this all went but our vet (a cat specialist) once mentioned that it's not uncommon for kittens to have seemingly idiopathic stomach issues, things that are never really be diagnosed. (I do remember her calling it "kitten colitis," which may be her own term for those episodes...)
     
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  11. Cats&Coffee

    Cats&Coffee TCS Member Young Cat

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    Hmm interesting points guys! I do plan on getting her some type of probiotic as soon as payday rolls around. She still is burping/gagging after she eats and I really can't tell you for sure if it's because she eats quickly or what. Her stools are still normal, energy is normal. I'm not sure what to do about introducing raw food though... I guess we'll just take it really slow.
     
  12. ignited-red

    ignited-red TCS Member Young Cat

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    If her stools and energy are normal, it is a good indications that Stella is well healthy.
    beside probiotics, you can also buy BIXBI DIGESTION. I feed all my cats with that too and it helps one of my cat (used to be vomit due to stomach and ulcer issue) then now, recovered from his stomach issue, Bixbi products contains mostly organic materials (i've read the ingredients) I think that also can help Stella with her burping or gagging issue. Also make sure that she's eating not too fast, you might want to buy a special bowl that can make your pet eating slowly, go find on Amazon.

    And as @lisahe mentioned above, you can also try small meals feeding or smaller portion.

    You need to keep observation on her, the way her eating and after eating.
     
  13. lisahe

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    Yes, this is the key thing! Something else to keep in mind is that more than one factor may be at work: Edwina used to vomit and have very smelly gas and it turned out the culprits were potato in foods plus eating too much too fast. Reading (and rereading) food labels is important and sometimes a food diary can help pinpoint a problem ingredient.
     
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  14. ignited-red

    ignited-red TCS Member Young Cat

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    Yes so true, couldn't agree more. Important for us pawrents to learn reading food labels and ingredients. Sometimes it does crack my head to figure out what ingredients they are using or what kind of name is this in these foods but it really really helps :)
     

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