He looks pretty happy, right? Well he usually is, but he went through a couple of rough weeks.
About a month ago Cat and I went away for a long weekend. When we returned Parker greeted us at the door. Super excited, super cuddly, and even needier then ever. And then he vomited. We talked to our cat sitters and he hadn’t vomited at all while we were away. So we chalked it up to Parker getting too excited.
Then he vomited the next day. And the next. And the next.
So we took him to the vet, and they couldn’t figure it out. They told us to put him on a chicken breast diet, an easy to digest food. Once he stopped vomiting we could slowly get him back on regular cat food. So we did, and once he was back on cat food he started vomiting again.
I decided he must be allergic to something in the food, so I pushed to stop feeding him dry and just give him one kind of wet. To see which ones made him vomit. Catherine agreed and we started doing that, but everything made him vomit. We took him to the vet again. They still had no ideas. We tried making him foods. Cat made a turkey dish that looked real good, and he devoured it. But he started puking that up too. We read about pumpkin puree helping cats with acid reflux. That didn’t work either as he vomited it up almost immediately.
We were getting worried, but I didn’t want to bring him to the vet until we could determine new information. I was tired of tormenting him with the carrier and a thermometer up his ass only to be told “I don’t know”
Then two weeks ago, in the morning, he stood next to me and vomited again. However, this time he vomited up worms. Round worms to be exact. About a dozen squirming little worms. It was disgusting. I think Catherine had nightmares after seeing them. But I was happy. This was new information. Something treatable.
We never thought it could be worms, and the vet never considered it. Indoor cats don’t get worms often because they don’t eat wildlife. And the ASPCA where we got him treated him for worms THREE TIMES. Our vet guessed that somehow those treatments must have missed the lifecycle of his worms. So they gave him a couple of pills and here we are two weeks later without one incident of vomiting.
He didn’t poop for a few days after his medicine, but we mixed in a tiny bit of olive oil for a week and now he seems very regular. So Parker is all better, and back to his normal self.
I guess he must have had worms since the day we got him (months ago) but he never seemed unhappy. He would act normal, cuddly and playful before he vomited and after. He never seemed sick.
I guess that makes sense. Parkers are tougher then people think!