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My cat was lethargic and would not eat yesterday. I watched her drink for more than a minute, which is unusual for her. Then she puked, twice, bile green with no solids. 

 

I took her to the vet. He drew blood and gave her saline under the skin. No fever. She spent the night there. 

 

Vet called with lab results today. No infection, WBC count normal. Two indicators of renal failure, and reduced liver function. Vet's diagnosis is poisoning. Let's nip this in the bud first: I don't think any of the neighbors poisoned my cat. We're friendly and mind our own business. It's more likely an environmental source, like a rat she ate or garden chemicals. My fertilizers are kept in closed containers, and chemicals in a locked cabinet. I use the pesticides sparingly, mostly on roses, which the cat shows little interest in. 

 

We have been feeding her a little mackerel every day for years. We buy it cheap at the local twice-a-week market. Vet says that could be the source of what ails her. That is, if there's a preservative in the fish or some other accumulated chemical, it could accumulate in the kidneys and bring a cat down. 

 

Our previous cat died of kidney failure. We fed her mackerel, too, but really, all environmental factors remained constant around our house. 

 

So here's my question: Do any of you have experience with problems feeding mackerel to cats long-term? Is this a known problem with mackerel as food for cats?  

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Not sure if they are mackeral but the wife gets platoo from along the way 3 for 10 B and my 2 cats love them , if not available I give them Pet 8 sardine from the local pet food shop , probably safer. I know what it is like to lose a cat , they don't ask for much but great company.

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I had a few cats and two of them died after they start catching and eating rats. I can't tell why but maybe the rats are eating a strong poison and when the cat is then eating the rat, the cat is getting poisoned. Rat poison in general isn't immediately deadly it takes some time before it takes effect. That's my experience with two of my cats and what I can tell so far.  

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I think it's very unlikely to be the fish.  After all, its fresh fish and for human consumption. 

 

I think it's more likely you cat ate some poisonous substance, with rat poison or some other toxic chemical.

 

My much loved dog died after eating a dead bird she found in the garden.  One of her bad habits was gulping down whole birds that hit the window sometimes.  I had no time to stop her.  I thought nothing of it as she has eaten lots before.  However 24 hours later she was dying.. and despite getting her to the vets she passes away in the night in a painful way.  

 

I realised it must be from the birds body having poison in it from eating poisoned grain.  There were many dead birds, doves and pigeons, around my home area, and apparently someone scattered poisoned seeds over the field near us to kill off the pest birds.

 

Maybe you cat ate a mouse, rat or bird that had been poisoned, or just found some poison bait around the area? 

 

Hope it gets better soon. 

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Green bile represent your cat eating grass. Normal. but the question is where is she eating this grass at? Do you spray for ants? Or is there grass under your roses?

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Sorry about your cat....hope she gets better and is back home with you soon. Not sue about mackerel problems, but definitely keep a close watch on the kidneys

 

 

 

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We feed our Cat on some small fish ( 50 mm long ) that look a little like small Tuna with some Yellow Fins, that we get from the local market ( 1 Kg 60-70 Baht ).

Our Vet advised to boil these and then rinse off under the tap.

Apparently, its the Salt content of any food that can harm your Cat.

The dumb creature also loves the Sardines with Tomato Sauce in the cans.

Correction... just drinks the Sauce and leaves the Fish.

I hope the Cat recovers soon.

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I lost my  beautiful cat some years ago in similar circumstances.  She was    bringing up  any food she ate, plus having   frequent bowel movements.   took her to the vet, who advised me NEVER  give  cat (or dogs)     cat or dog biscuits, unless you make sure they drink lots of water, as  both types  are  very heavy in salt content, leading to kidney and possible liver failure.     There is  quite a lot on the internet  about  the   junk  pet food business, which backs up the vets   advice to me.   Hope  your pet recovers soon.

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1 hour ago, toofarnorth said:

Not sure if they are mackeral but the wife gets platoo from along the way 3 for 10 B and my 2 cats love them , if not available I give them Pet 8 sardine from the local pet food shop , probably safer. I know what it is like to lose a cat , they don't ask for much but great company.

Yes, that's the same fish. 

 

Maybe you should watch this thread for good info (and ignore the bad). 

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1 hour ago, bestie said:

I had a few cats and two of them died after they start catching and eating rats. I can't tell why but maybe the rats are eating a strong poison and when the cat is then eating the rat, the cat is getting poisoned. Rat poison in general isn't immediately deadly it takes some time before it takes effect. That's my experience with two of my cats and what I can tell so far.  

Thanks for responding. Did you get a diagnosis from a vet? Do you know if the kidneys and liver were affected? 

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1 hour ago, jak2002003 said:

I think it's very unlikely to be the fish.  After all, its fresh fish and for human consumption. 

 

I think it's more likely you cat ate some poisonous substance, with rat poison or some other toxic chemical.

 

My much loved dog died after eating a dead bird she found in the garden.  One of her bad habits was gulping down whole birds that hit the window sometimes.  I had no time to stop her.  I thought nothing of it as she has eaten lots before.  However 24 hours later she was dying.. and despite getting her to the vets she passes away in the night in a painful way.  

 

I realised it must be from the birds body having poison in it from eating poisoned grain.  There were many dead birds, doves and pigeons, around my home area, and apparently someone scattered poisoned seeds over the field near us to kill off the pest birds.

 

Maybe you cat ate a mouse, rat or bird that had been poisoned, or just found some poison bait around the area? 

 

Hope it gets better soon. 

Sorry for the loss of your dog. They're irreplaceable. Did the vet confirm that kidney failure was the cause of death? 

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1 hour ago, soi3eddie said:

I addressed that in the original post. 

 

Ethylene glycol is possible if found by accident. I had thought dogs were more attracted to it than cats. She does hide out under the cars a lot, but my cars don't leak any. She doesn't stray far from home. 

 

I haven't read the link yet, but I will soon. Thanks for that. 

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1 hour ago, toofarnorth said:

Not sure if they are mackeral but the wife gets platoo from along the way 3 for 10 B and my 2 cats love them , if not available I give them Pet 8 sardine from the local pet food shop , probably safer. I know what it is like to lose a cat , they don't ask for much but great company.

yeah, they only 'say' 7 different things...

 - at the top being the "good mate buddy pal, where's my food?"

 - & "Let Mee-owt"

 

at least they really mean what they say

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