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Unhappy Cat throwing up foamy liquid

For the past couple of days my Wallowitz has been throwing up a clear and white foamy liquid several times per day, and was lethargic. This is very unlike him, he is almost three years old and has had maybe had 1 or 2 hairballs, but other than that he never throws up and is quite an energetic, playful cat. My husband left with Wally last night to take him to the emergency pet clinic.

We recently got a new houseplant and we put it outside last night after Wally kept throwing up wondering if that might have caused it. Poor little guy was poked all night. They took his blood and gave him an anti-nausea shot. His blood work came back normal, vet said if he keeps throwing up after the shot to take him back to get an x-ray, because it could be an obstruction in his stomach.

This morning he threw up a couple more times, so my husband took him to the vet. He had an x-ray done, and the vet didn't seeing anything obstructive. He said there was gas, but it didn't look abnormal. Wally was given some medicine and a hydration shot, and a bland digestive care food, which he said to just feed a spoonfull a few times a day. Vet said that if it keeps persisting they can do an ultrasound. My husband did mention to the vet that our other two cats have been sick, but they both had a URI, they both were sneezy with a watery eye with normal appetites. Ludo had it first, and now he's better, and now Daisy is the sneezy one.

My husband fed him the spoonful of the food, and a little while after, he threw up again, but it wasn't food. It was the foam again, we thought that was odd.

If he's on medicine for nausea, that makes me think that he's not throwing up just because of an upset tummy.

I hate seeing my babies sick, has anyone ever dealt with something similar? Could it still be a hairball, even though the vet didn't see anything obstructing? Does this sound like something normal, or something more serious? It's very abnormal for Wally to be throwing up at all.
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Sounds like poisoning to me. Not that it was done on purpose or anything, but the cats might have licked something that has made them sick.

I have only heard of cats throwing up foam if they have been poisoned. This could be anything from soap, shampoo, cleaning fluids, to any kind of "wet stuff" left on spilled on the floor. This could also happen from eating bugs that have been sprayed with insecticide.

There are thousands of ways cats can poison themselves around the house.

I would suggest thinking back on what happened the day before or the day of the first cat getting sick. Did you wash the floors? Spill some chemicals? Wash the cats with something other than pet shampoo? Spray for insects?

I am surprised the vet does not know this.

Cats are notorious, just as dogs are, for licking stuff they aren't supposed to be licking or eating things they are not supposed to be eating.

If it is poisoning of some sort, then just keep giving them water, lots and lots of water. After a few days they should see some improvement. If not, then I would take them back to the vet.
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