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I took in a stray cat two months ago. She was doing fine, ate and drank constantly with normal bathroom trips and no vomiting. On our second month she stopped eating and drinking. I wanted to make sure she got something in her stomach so I bought her soft food which she enjoys but still will not touch her water or her hard food, even when mixed with wet. She has puked around 4-5 times since I’ve switched and I was wondering if it could be because i’ve had her on 3 different foods since we’ve had her if that could cause all of this or if it would be something more serious? I’m taking her to the vet if it continues on for this week but was hoping for a little insight on what i could be expecting for reasoning! I feel helpless and don’t know what to do for her.

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Any time you adopt a stray cat, it is important to take it to the vet straight away for several reasons.  One of the primary reasons is parasite prevention.  In the wild, cats often get fleas, worms, and a number of other parasites that persist in the environment.  Secondly, while not as common as parasites, there may be some underlying disease that your cat has and you want to make sure there is not a preventable disease.  Lastly, is that you want the cat to be scanned for a microchip to ensure this cat is in fact stray.  You would be surprised how many cats come into the shelter each day that are thought to be strays but actually have owners.

Now, beyond all the reasons to go to a veterinarian when you find a stray, and just focusing on the symptoms which appear to be vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.  These signs alone may not be as concerning, but together they warrant a trip to a vet as soon as possible.  It could be a number of causes, such as intestinal parasites or other preventable diseases, food change that led to gastroenteritis, or some other underlying disease such as pancreatitis.  Again, seeing a vet will help you find the best course of action and even if this cat’s symptoms are resolving, I would still recommend doing so for the above reasons.  Many causes, such as internal parasites can be cyclical and cause these signs intermittently but could be causing discomfort to your cat.

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