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What to do if my nursing cat vomits all her food and has liquid diarrhea?


Dear VetBabble,

Help! My nursing cat has vomited all of her food and has liquid diarrhea. What should I do? I cannot take her to the vet. If she has vomiting and diarrhea while nursing kittens, she is going to get dehydrated. She really needs to be seen by a vet to determine the cause and start treatment to control the vomiting and diarrhea. If the kittens are not getting proper nutrition, do I need to bottle feed them? Is there a rescue or vet in my area who can help me? Should I call my local humane society?

Understanding Vomiting and Diarrhea in Nursing Cats

It is concerning when our beloved feline friends experience vomiting and diarrhea, especially when they are nursing kittens. Understanding the potential reasons for her discomfort can help alleviate your fears and guide you in supporting your cat during this time.

There are several possible reasons for your cat’s vomiting and diarrhea, including dietary indiscretions, ingestion of a foreign object, and gastrointestinal infections. Observing any additional symptoms and considering recent changes in her environment or diet can provide clues about the cause. Our article on Why is My Cat Vomiting? provides valuable insights into the various potential reasons for her condition.

First Aid and Professional Support for Your Cat

When treating your cat’s vomiting and diarrhea, it’s crucial to provide appropriate first aid and seek guidance for the correct course of action. If a veterinary visit is not possible at the moment, calling your local veterinarian for advice can be quite helpful. In the meantime, our First Aid Guide for Cats offers practical advice for managing and treating various symptoms at home.

Dehydration is indeed a significant concern for a nursing cat with vomiting and diarrhea, so monitoring her water intake and providing clean water readily is essential. Additionally, it is worth contacting your local humane society, as they may have resources, support, or recommendations to assist in caring for your cat and her kittens.

Ensuring the Well-being of the Kittens

If your cat is unable to provide sufficient nutrition to her kittens due to her vomiting and diarrhea, it’s essential to take steps to ensure the kittens are well taken care of. Bottle feeding them may become necessary, and our article on How to Take Care of Orphaned Kittens provides great guidance on feeding, stimulating, and caring for young kittens without their mother’s care. Also, learn about the general expectations of a queen and her new kittens through our Queens and their New Kittens: What to Expect article.

Stay in touch with your local veterinarian, rescue organizations, or humane societies to ensure you receive adequate support in maintaining your cat’s and her kittens’ health and well-being. They can offer advice, assistance, and resources for your specific situation. Promptly addressing the vomiting and diarrhea will not only benefit your cat but also her kittens, giving them a great start in life.

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