Cat vomiting blood...

saintpflaFebruary 15, 2010

First off, my cat is at the vet as of early this morning (as soon as they opened...). They are running a bunch of tests and also doing ultrasound and IV fluids.

He began vomiting blood yesterday (Sunday) - two times total - morning and then evening. He ate and napped and 'seemed' fine.

He is 15 yrs old and has both pancreatitis and diabetes. I have looked all over the web for any info on what would be the cause of vomiting blood and cannot find any info. His blood glucose was running high all day yesterday and seemed unresponsive to his insulin shots.

Does anyone here have any info or experience with this that they can share?

I'm a nervous wreck waiting for the vet to call with the tests and ultrasound results. I just want him to be better. :(

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harebelle

No experience but am praying for you and your cat. Can't imagine how thoroughly frightening this must be.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 11:59AM
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saintpfla

Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. I'm really, really hoping it's not a tumor.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 12:03PM
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saintpfla

I just heard from the vet. They think the cause is a bleeding ulcer due to his lengthy prednisone treatment for pancreatitis. The ultrasound was somewhat hard to determine between a mass or an ulcer, but based on the symptoms, we're going to treat as an ulcer.

He's lost a lot of blood and is quite anemic so he may even require a blood transfusion. His red blood cell count is at 13% and normal is in the 30% range. :(

He's going to be there for the day and I 'should' be able to pick him up by the end of today - which is good news.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 12:49PM
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Cassandra

So glad you got a diagnosis and he's in treatment. Hope for the best!!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 3:35PM
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saintpfla

Unfortunately, he had a turn for the worse and went back into the vet this morning.

He's stopped eating and his blood sugar is quite high. Now, the vet feels that we have exhausted all possibilities and thinks that perhaps it is not actually a bleeding ulcer but quite possibly lymphoma.

I don't know what to do right now. He's eaten about 2 tbsp of turkey babyfood since we got home. He hasn't stopped purring since we got home either.

I asked my vet to do a consult with the local vet specialist clinic to get any recommendations. But, this may not be something he can recover from.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 3:26PM
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sylviatexas1

I'm so sorry.

Is there a test for lymphoma?

I've had good luck sometimes mixing a little Karo syrup with baby food (read the label & don't give him anything with onion) or strong-smelling fish such as sardines.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 4:17PM
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harebelle

Oh dear. I'll keep prayers on for your cat. Hugs to you.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 5:23PM
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saintpfla

I just lost him. He had a stroke. I rushed him to the vet and he was completely blind by the time we got there. I thought he was going to die in the car. His temp dropped very quickly and his tongue turned white.

They recommended that we end his suffering.

I'm overwhelmed with grief right now due to the loss of my kitty. We had 15 great years together. He will be dearly missed.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 5:25PM
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renee_fl

I am so sorry to hear that you lost your kitty.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 7:25PM
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cat_mom

Ohhhhh. I am so, so sorry. My heart goes out to you...

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 9:00PM
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petaloid

Oh, no. I understand how it feels to lose a beloved kitty cat. My thoughts are with you.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 9:32PM
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harebelle

I am so sorry. Your beautiful cat is not suffering now but I know how deeply grieved you are. I send hugs and a strong shoulder.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 11:46PM
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Anne_Marie_Alb

I am so very sorry.. The hardest is always to erase those last images of your beloved suffering and to remember those 15 wonderful years... There is no word that can take the pain away!
My heart goes out to you,
Anne-Marie

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 7:52AM
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yborgal

I'm sorry. It's so heartbreaking when we lose a beloved furbaby.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 8:37AM
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quasifish

Saintpfla, I am so sorry about your kitty. You are in our thoughts.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 9:17AM
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olyagrove

Oh, I am so sorry - I know you love your furbabies so dearly
So sorry you lost your kitty :(:(:(

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 10:05AM
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petra_gw

I am so sorry!!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 11:28AM
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sylviatexas1

I'm so sorry.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 12:02PM
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saintpfla

Thank you everyone for your kindness and for understanding.

Here's some photos of my beautiful Siamese boy, Saki. He was my very first rescue cat. He was a kitten from a pregnant cat I found and took care of. When I saw those blue eyes of his, I just couldn't give him up.

I have a 'former' pregnant feral cat/rescue, Savannah, who is now a full-time tamed house cat. She really attached herself to Saki and he was instrumental in socializing her. She has been walking around meowing looking for him since last night. It's so sad to watch.

Here's my Saki:

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 1:31PM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

I, too, am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you have some four-legged comfort available. They will help you heal your heart and know that you gave the kitty you lost a good, long life.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 3:03PM
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sylviatexas1

forgot to say, he was a *gorgeous* cat.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 3:21PM
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petra_gw

What a beautiful cat!! We have a Siamese mix who is about to turn 16 and is having some health problems. We've had him from the time he was a kitten and I dread the day we have to let him go. I really feel for you!!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 4:26PM
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harebelle

I would get lost in those eyes. What a beautiful cat. Godspeed, Saki, and thank you for blessing your home, your human and your feline house-mate.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2010 at 5:43PM
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