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Cat Vomit [Apr. 1st, 2010|04:42 pm]
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So, my cat sometimes throws up. And when he does throw up, it almost looks like he's throwing up his own poop.

Now, someone told me that it's possible that it went through part of the digestive process and instead of pooping or having diarrhea, it's possible that he puked it all up in that form.

Has anyone ever heard of this? He doesn't do it too frequently.. or maybe he is doing it frequently. But now I also saw him dragging his butt on the floor like a dog. He's only done this once to my knowledge.. but I'm just wondering if this is a sign of something.


[User Picture]From: itwasthecat
2010-04-01 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's weird that you posted this, my cat did the saaaame thing just a few days ago. In the morning, I noticed she dragged her butt a little. Then later I found poop shaped things on the floor that looked like cat vomit mixed in with a little bit of brown stuff (TMI). I was really confused cause it didn't smell that strongly of poop. I watched her since then and her poops are fine and she hasn't thrown up anywhere. Strange!
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[User Picture]From: sugarnspice42
2010-04-01 09:02 pm (UTC)
yeah! he'll go like a week or so without doing it.. and then sometimes longer.. or shorter and then he just comes out and pukes poop lol. I'm like what??
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2010-04-01 09:00 pm (UTC)
Are you sure it is not a hairball? I have seen many many hairballs that are so compact they look like poop. Including my own cats hairballs, though they look more like tampons because he is a cream colour ;) Use a couple of ziploc bags as gloves if you don't have any gloves and pull one apart and check it out.

As for the dragging of the butt, there are three major things it could be: tapeworms or other parasites, full anal glands that are bothering them or a piece of poop stuck on the pantaloon fur. I can not think of any way the vomiting and the butt dragging are related, sorry!
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[User Picture]From: sugarnspice42
2010-04-01 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I could do that without puking myself lol but it looks like poop.
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2010-04-01 09:08 pm (UTC)
I guess I forget how people can be squeamish about that sort of thing when I get to play with all sorts of cats excretions at work, sorry! But I would maybe try and give him laxatone or petromalt to see if it helps, and if you can stomach it maybe pick one up with a ziploc bag and take it to the vet ...? If its a hairball they will let you know, if its poop they can check for parasites :)
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[User Picture]From: pinkydbzfan
2010-04-01 11:14 pm (UTC)
yeah when im in parasite for my vet tech class, i forget when im talking about it later how squemish people are..its no big thing for me anymore XD
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[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2010-04-01 11:09 pm (UTC)
The scooting could also be related to the hair-balls in a way. It's shedding season - as the cats lick themselves they "eat" their own shedding hair.

So I vote hairball for the barf.

I also vote potentially hairy poops making for an itchy butt.

If you're not too squeamish to look, take a peek at the poop-hole and see if it looks irritated or swollen. If not, keep an eye on the cat, but otherwise it should stop soon.
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[User Picture]From: mightyj
2010-04-01 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm with Karmen (as usual). Thrown up hair balls often look like poop.

In addition to what Karmen said about scooting (aka butt dragging), I had one cat the scooted and was bleeding from his rectum as well. He had apparently torn something while pooping but we found no cause and put him on antibiotics to prevent infection. If there's any blood, a visit to the vet is in order.
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[User Picture]From: magiccrackers
2010-04-01 10:17 pm (UTC)
You really need to find out whether its actual poop or just hairballs.
Like the comments above hairballs can often look a lot like poo's, the real problem is if it actually is poop as i think that can be a sign of renal failure.
Investigate further, it may not be pleasant but id rather that than a real sick kitty :)
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[User Picture]From: spiltvinegar
2010-04-02 12:56 am (UTC)
Occasionally, my cat will eat her dry food too quickly and then drinks water. She horks it down, and then, about 20 minutes later, it all comes back up in a brown tube shape, because the dry food has expanded in her stomach. Looks a lot like poop.

Have you changed foods recently? It could be a sensitivity to the food.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2010-04-02 03:11 am (UTC)
What does it smell like? Regular barf smells like cat food, hairballs smell like bile/stomach acid, and poop smells...well, like poop, because of the processes involved. But that might help you determine if it's poop or hairballs.
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[User Picture]From: sugarnspice42
2010-04-02 04:13 pm (UTC)
It smells fowl.. Idk if that helps lol
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2010-04-02 06:30 am (UTC)
I'm actually surprised that we haven't had more of these unpleasantries, given how much the fuzzbutts shed.
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From: iwilldeny
2010-04-02 06:56 am (UTC)
I would also say hairball. When I first got cats I really had no idea what it looked like (I assumed, like the name, that it would be in some sort of ball form and I though it would be dry) and I thought the cat was pooping on the floor. Some cats are more prone to it than others so even if you've had cats before you may not have experienced it. There's hairball formulas you can get at the pet store, but it is shedding season so it's probably not anything out of the ordinary. If it starts happening on a more regular basis then I'd look into doing something about it (also I found with my cats, feeding wet reduces the number of hairballs drastically. It helps to bind everything together so that it goes out the end it's supposed to).
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From: iwilldeny
2010-04-02 07:01 am (UTC)
oh and the dragging is probably unrelated. There may have been some "leftovers" on there from using the box that he's trying to get off. If that starts happening more frequently I'd probably go to the vet because it's possible it could be some sort of parasite or it could just be his anal glands are getting full (it is something that happens and while you can do it yourself, based on what I've read in this community it's definitely worth paying someone at the vet clinic to do it). When my cats have had full anal glands they've actually jumped out of the box while pooping and got some on the floor because the discomfort probably startled them, but dragging can also be a sign of it.
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[User Picture]From: ponywoman1105
2010-04-02 04:12 pm (UTC)
I vote on hairball. Butt scooting is probably anal gland or just itchy butt. Give it a comb.
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[User Picture]From: sugarnspice42
2010-04-02 04:34 pm (UTC)
hmm. it just seems odd. it looks like poop lol
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