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Hi, I have a 2 year old cat named Peach. We first noticed symptoms last week. It seems like she has something stuck in her throat. She has difficulty breathing sometimes (sounds shallow or breathes with mouth open or both), sometimes swallows with difficulty, gags, coughs once in a while followed by vomiting that sometimes comes out. She swallows hard like something is stuck and she seems determined not to throw up. Sometimes she crouches and looks miserable and she hasn't pooped in the last 36 hours. She does pee. We took her to the vet yesterday and he gave her Laxanip. Vet ordered not to let her out at least 3 days so we can see if she pooped, but we do let her outside on her leash and harness.
Peach is otherwise pretty normal. Good appetite but she does sleep a lot. Sometimes she has a rusty meow when she cries to be let out. Besides crouching and looking miserable sometimes, and when she does the hacking cough and swallows forcefully, she is pretty normal. Before she got sick, she stayed outside most of the time but always came in to eat and sleep indoors. (She sometimes sleeps out but we try to keep her in at night). She never eats what she hunts. We feed her wet and dry food and sometimes raw meat. She drank a lot of water before she got sick. We've never seen her eat anything out of the ordinary. We can't afford a $1,000 surgery, can you please tell us what you think is wrong and what we can possibly do.... without surgery? Thank you.

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Hello Rachel,

You didn't tell me the actual diagnosis made by the vet and why surgery was indicated.Usually mild blockades due to hairballs, foreign bodies,dry stools or even constipation may get relieved  by the use of laxatives.But serious gastrointestinal obstructions due to foreign bodies,intussusception,omental strangulation,pyloric stenosis or even tumours etc may not, and are life threatening,if not addressed  surgically and medically ASAP.Such surgical cases are not elective and need to be considered as urgent.
Kindly follow the directions of the consulting vet in this regard.

wish you best of luck

anand  

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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