Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Alas, Romeo is very sick this week.  He's thrown up every night for the past three nights, and has bad diarrhea a few times a day.  I can hear the chorus of voices now, "Get thee to a vet, get thee to a vet right NOW."  Never fear, gentle readers, we've already taken that step, Monday evening,  in fact.  One night of being up with him cleaning up vomit and diarrhea was enough to convince me that we needed help, NOW!

We were told that he PROBABLY is trying very hard to dislodge a very large hairball, or a lot of hair is agitating his intestines.  Yuck?  I find that very distressing - especially since we've been pretty good about making sure that all of the cats except Annie get Petromalt twice a week.   (And the only reason that Annie doesn't get it is that she refuses to even consider eating Petromalt.  Ah well, she's very short-haired anyway.)  Romeo is still eating and drinking food, and is alert, so the vet is not particularly concerned.

But he threw up again last night, and has had diarrhea a couple of times today.  If these symptoms have not started to abate by tomorrow morning, then we're going to call the vet a second time, to at least inquire...  is it NORMAL for a cat to be this sick over a hairball for this many days?  Do any of you know?

I'm very worried about him.  I've had cats for most of my life, and they've all had hairballs from time to time, but I've never seen anything like this before.  I don't want for him to get too dehydrated - though he is an enthusiastic water-drinker, which I'm sure will help with that.

Poor Romeo!  I'll keep you posted on what the vet tells us, but for now we're just trying to keep him in plenty of cool, clean water, and have food in front of him whenever he wants it.  He's been staying in our bedroom, in the air-conditioning to at least spare him this miserable heat and humidity.  Also to spare him the wrath of his sister Bit.  :)

I think he's actually quite smug that he has the best room in the house, and he's greatly enjoying sleeping at our feet on the bed.  Now, if we can just have a night where he does NOT jump down and start puking on the floor, I will feel that everything is improving...


  1. I haven't heard of a cat being that sick for so long over a hairball. I'd definitely ask again!

  2. I've never really had hairball problems, but I agree with houndstooth, that sounds more serious than a hairball. Our prayers are with you. Hope Romeo feels better soon.

  3. Oh gosh- at least he's jumping down to puke on the floor! Riker has a lot of trouble with ANY grass/plant matter at all, and thus gets the runs with any visits outside. It sucks. He's usually sick for 2-3 days, and Yogurt is our magic cure. The bacteria really help his system to get back on track. I don't know if that would help with a hairball situation though. Riker has NEVER had a hairball. It's a little weird.

    Anyway, good luck, yeah, I would call the vet again. No fun. Crossing my fingers for a dry carpet kind of night. :)

  4. He can live up his smugness as much as he wants when he's not feeling well... Get better soon Romeo!

  5. Well, we did get through last night without any vomit... I'll take that as a sign of improvement.

  6. Oh good, glad you got through the night with no vomit. It might have been a hairball or something he ate. As long as he keeps drinking water, you are in good shape. I don't worry about mine until they quit eating. Thanks for following us. Have a great week end.

  7. Poor Romeo. Hope he starts to feel better really soon.

    Thanks for linking up with the Pet Bloggers Blog Hop. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

    Felissa, Davinia, and Indiana