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Comments On - Cat Vomiting After Eating

Wes    Sanibel, FL

3/19/2014 6:44:03 AM

You missed one cause. In older cats, bad or painful teeth. I makes them swallow without chewing which may cause vomiting. Solution, have teeth checked/cleaned.

Felicia    Indianapolis, IN

2/22/2014 5:35:59 AM

My cat used to throw up intermittently. After an X-ray we seen that she was severely constipated. Her entire bowel was full. The vet prescribed Lactulose and I just squirt it on her food. She never threw up again.

Steve    Clearwater, FL

11/26/2013 4:14:50 PM

There is an automatic feeder called Wireless Whiskers that divides the daily food into 24 small portions and meters them our throughout the day. It prevents gorging and so my cat no longer vomits. Their website is www.wirelesswhiskers.com

Dorothea Petrosky    Salinas, CA

5/29/2013 7:23:59 AM

I buy top quality food and my cat vomits immediately - the spasms continue for 5-6 times until there is only saliva/liquid.

jane    los angeles, CA

5/22/2013 5:01:37 PM

Well I don't like the picture you've got on your article. It shows garbage like Meow Mix, nutrition-less, carcinogenic kibble.

Grocery store cat food, the main 5 conglomerate companies, re-package what is essentially waste product and sell it as food. Look at the ingredients, CORN is #1. By the way--cats are obligate carnivores meaning their systems can only handle meat.

Not to mention the rancid grease, moldy grains, by products, and chemical preservatives and flavors and food dyes.

Jeanne    Sutherlin, OR

4/7/2013 12:49:43 PM

Our korat has IBS, here are some suggestion
from vets: only feed no grain wet
food, rabbit or rabbit/vension is best.
Food allergy is an issues so no dry food or grains.
Add 1 T. canned pumkin into can of wet food for digestion,it is sold in many pet stores.
Digestive enzemes/pro biotics formulas for pets mixed into the canned food help
Feed the cat alone in a seperate room from other pets and leave the cat there for a few minutes after they finish their food. Pick up any other pet food bowls so the cat won't get into it.

Hope this helps. Ww have new carpet, and this has worked for us.

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

4/2/2013 3:29:59 PM

Deborah -- Tell your vet what is going on. It sounds like your cat has some chronic issues, if he vomits enough for you to notice a pattern. A vet is the only person who can properly diagnose what's going on and get your cat the right treatment.

Deborah Laird    Chico, CA

4/1/2013 11:09:17 AM

Our Cat Smokey, who is 14 yrs. old. For the last week, has been throwing up at early morning hours constantly. The discharge, (if you will) is browner than usual with no hair balls. I will be looking into a low residue formula type of food today but any comments towards this would be appreciated. We also moved into another residence this last month. Change? Thank you

Mp    Conroe, TX

3/21/2013 1:22:48 AM

Please also consider that hairballs could be a problem. There are hairball gels that you can buy at most stores that carry cat food, as well as Pet Stores. Your Vet also sells these types of products. Hairballs can become so large that food becomes impossible to pass through the small and/or large intestines.

I have even heard of cats having operations to remove the impacted hairballs.

Please know that this is just a suggestion and NOT a diagnosis.

May God bless you and your wonderful kitty!! Praying for God's wisdom for the best avenue of success for you and your soft and cuddly friend!!

Mp

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

2/11/2013 11:54:24 AM

Carrie -- A vet is the best person to determine the reason for your cat's illness. Living outside, cats can encounter more health threats such as internal and external parasites. These could affect your cat's digestion. Thank you for bringing your cat in for an evaluation.

carrie    grand rapids, MI

2/10/2013 3:52:46 PM

My moms cats pukes all the time she tried to change the food, but he just keeps throwing up, im getting worried, he pukes, and hees so skinny that you can feel his spine, I think my mom has taken him to the vet, and they dont know what it is. Thats what kinda happened to his sister is that she started eating fine then started to puke and then she lost use of her back legs, we had to put her down. Their both barn cats, so could it be cause their barn cats or what?

Michelle    Chesterfield, VA

1/18/2013 2:51:37 PM

Currently my cat is undergoing a food trial for the same issue: vomiting after eating (undigested food) daily and hiding out, seemingly depressed and at times very irritable. This was happening in cycles of a few weeks at a time. He is doing well so far on Royal Canin Veterinarian Prescription Hypoallergenic Duck & Peas formula. Doesn't care for the taste but he keeps it down. The vet said it is probably Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and he is currently on antibiotics and Prednisone to control it.

lisa    kalispell, MT

12/1/2012 10:20:37 AM

Dont use Hills diet. Way to many preservatives and lots of corn gluten and by products. Corn hard to digest for cats and they were not meant to eat this. Look for limited ingredients. This can help digestion.

steve    portland, OR

3/30/2012 11:15:46 AM

My cat had vomited frequently then I took him to live in a different city for 5 months where he was outside all day and the problem disappeared. I am guessing he ate some plant that cured a GI problem. Four years later the problem is now returning.

angela    cape coral, FL

3/26/2012 6:37:07 PM

@ Patricia Mapleton NC? I read ur comment about ur tabby(we have a male tabby also)throwing up hairballs. My cat doesn't. If I do think he has eaten hair I give him a very small amount of vaseline to lick off my finger. It works and I have known other cat owners to do the same. Good Luck!

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

3/12/2012 3:38:08 PM

Sarah -- Try asking our veterinary expert, Dr. Arnold Plotnick, by emailing him through the link on his landing page: LINK

sarah    piney view, WV

3/11/2012 5:13:37 PM

i have a tabby as well but he doesnt have to compete with any other cat and i havent noticed him eating too fast. if a cat has worms, will it cause them to vomit after eating?

Jane    Huntington Woods, MI

3/2/2012 6:57:53 AM

The muffin tin works! I have three cats, one of whom threw up all the time after eating. She would "wolf" down her food. I don't think she chewed at all. She would often regurgitate her food right back into her dish! She was a rescue, born in a barn, where I'm sure there was lots of competition for food. I tried everything - different foods, smaller portions, separating the cats into different rooms during meals. Nothing worked. I spotted the comment by Lori in Morganton, NC on this website about using the muffin tin for feeding. I used a 6 portal muffin tin and fed her dry kibble and then canned/wet food, spread in small amounts in the sections. It works! She eats more slowly, and she hasn't thrown up at all since using this method. Thank you Lori in Morganton, NC !!! Great idea!!!

Patricia    Mapleton, OR

2/2/2012 7:13:58 PM

I am glad I reserched this article regarding why cats throw up without hairballs. My male cat is quite large (not overweight) and only 3 yrs old, but has been throwing up too much, and I'm concerned. I will try a high protein food or the Eukanuba, and see if that makes a differenct. Have been feeding him Purina brand food, maybe need a high quality food.

Shannon    Norman, OK

1/31/2012 7:44:13 PM

I appreciate this help. I've been concerned for my indoor cat because of her persistent vomitting after eating. I will try switching cat food brand prior to the expense a vet will warrant. Thanks.

Carol    Trenton, NJ

1/26/2012 10:15:52 AM

What liquid other than water can I give my cats. I have a 2yr old and a 7mo. kitten?

Lori    Morganton, NC

1/7/2012 5:22:40 AM

I solved this problem with my cat so I wanted to share this with the hopes that it helps someone else. I adopted an adult cat a few months ago, and she would often throw up after eating. I noticed that she ate very fast. She had come from a home with three dogs, so I assume that she had to compete for her food so was used to eating it fast or not eating at all! I tried everything I could thing of, like smaller portions, but feeding her multiple times a days was really inconvenient and made it impossible for us to leave her for very long. Finally I found the perfect solution. Now I feed her twice a day, putting her food in a muffin pan--a little kibble in each section. She grazes happily now and takes about 20 minutes to eat what she used to inhale in a minute. No throwing up! Problem solved!

Linda    Mesa, AZ

12/14/2011 4:13:49 PM

I have 7 cats and they all vomit at some time or other but one of my cats really vomits alot. He has lost some weight but he seems to be healthy. He plays and runs around after he poops, just like the other cats.

Bob    Wallingford, CT

12/1/2011 5:57:54 PM

My cat is a 16 year old Abby, for most of her life she has been vomiting her food in 3 convient piles. I have been feeding her Fancy Feast most of her life. Lately I changed to another brand and she stopped vomiting. After 4 months I bought Fancy Feast and the vomit started again. I feel bad that it took me 16 years to realize for some reason she just can't eat Fancy Feast. She is now eating another brand with no more problems.

Kayla    traverse, MI

10/16/2011 5:20:25 AM

My cat is a full grown female siamese mixed with something else. we leave her dry food out for her to eat whenever she needs to. But, in the morning, we give her soft food as a treat. and in the evening we give her dry food also. in the morning, she usually pukes about 80% of the time after she eats the soft food, but she loves it. she is the only cat in the house and she has been doing this ever since ewe got her in 2010.

Jill    Edmonton, AB

9/1/2011 9:19:00 PM

My 11 year old cat is a dog food addict. He sneaks and steals every chance he has. 2 nights ago he got the pantry door open and must have gorged on dog food. He has been throwing up every since. He threw up lbs of food (not hairballs!)and yellow slime and now cant eat his dry cat food without throwing up these past 2 days. Should I be worried and take him to a vet? Or wait and sees if he just has upset stomach?

Carol Marshall    Fortescue, NJ

3/21/2011 3:22:20 PM

My neighbor recently went to several vets about her cat throwing up and was told Swifter and Febreeze could be the cause. In the May issue of Cat Fancy Heather Jones wondered why her cat threw up at home but not when boarded. Wonder if she uses Swifter...

V    Waretown, NJ

2/28/2011 8:15:08 PM

I had my kitty to the vet and he had a good bill of health but every now and then he throws up. It was good confirmation that its just because he enhales his food.

Yvonne    Williamstown, NJ

1/11/2011 9:35:49 PM

My cat and I went on a 3 week vacation from New Jersey to Washington state. She started throwing up 2 days before the end of our vacation. She seemed a little lethargic but was drinking and eating. She seemed to be a bit congested. I think the stress of being away from home and then the plane ride upset her. I took her to the vet (where she promptly pooped on the floor). The blood work (geriatric profile)did not reveal anything unusual. I gave her wheat grass (I grow it in the greenhouse)and she loved it, but she threw that up also (not a usual occurence and she eats it almost everyday). I am worried, and I will have to take her back for further tests. I am glad I have cat health insurance, I hope it will cover some of the cost.

Vicki    San Diego, CA

1/6/2011 8:33:27 PM

Grain Free food should stop this!

Linda    St. Louis, MO

1/3/2011 3:53:46 PM

Good advice!

Donna    Austin, TX

1/3/2011 11:04:38 AM

Too bad we can't explain to them why they shouldn't eat so fast!

Geneva    McAllen, TX

1/2/2011 7:57:53 AM

A few things I did to alleviate this problem with my cat, based on research I did and her age (she's an older cat) were:
1) purchased a bowl that's propped up-so she doesn't eat from a bowl on the floor
2) added water to her food, to soften dry food; which I like to call 'gravy'; she LOVES her food this way
Once I did these two things, she has not had an episode of throwing up; thank goodness!

Margarett    Long Beach, CA

1/2/2011 12:52:00 AM

Maybe a fur ball that is why my cat throws up sometimes.

julie    winter park, FL

1/1/2011 2:41:16 PM

Your cat could have a hair ball.

Katherine    Northridge, CA

12/31/2010 3:57:17 PM

This was a good question to include on your web site. I think many cat owners may wonder about it.

Francesca    Newburgh, NY

12/31/2010 3:35:42 PM

I have 4 cats, & my one cat, KittyCupCakes, was throwing up for 5 days, after every meal. On the 6th day, I took her to the vet...She did an x-ray, and it showed that she was very constipated with lots of poop. I thought she might have swallowed a foreign object or something. She gave her an enema, & a shot for nausea, & in about 1 hr., it all came out. We found that her poop was in small sections and it was on the dry side. She also did a complete blood profile, to make sure everything was on the up & up..which it was. After she came home she ate her wet food and hasn't thrown up since, & that was over a month ago. Now I give all my cats 1/4 tsp. of flavorless metimucil mixed in with there dinner in the evening, and they don't even know they are eating it. Also, the vet recommended I give them 1/2 tsp. of Laxatone, tuna flavor, which they love..and I notice when emptying the litter boxes, that their poop is not dry...it is a healthy looking stool. My cats are feed 100% grain free wet food, and only get grain free dry kibble as a snack. Feed you cat the best you can afford!

Sheila    South Elgin, IL

12/31/2010 2:39:52 PM

My cats 4 of them used to vomit,however I find with fancy feast cat food they are a lot better,it is worth giving it a try.

martha    palm bay, FL

12/31/2010 1:59:16 PM

thanks for the information- i have a cat who vomits after eating-since she was in a cage with another larger cat for almost 6 months- i believe that it has caused her to continue this habit.

DIANA    Bellflower, CA

12/31/2010 1:31:54 PM

Thank you -- my kitty girl eats with 3 other cats and your "gorging" theory seems to fit. However, I will keep careful watch and will call my vet if she shows any symptoms of illness or appears to be losing weight.

angela    bronx, NY

12/31/2010 12:59:29 PM

One of my cats(I had 4 cats at the time) has been vomiting since i first got her. She has a tendacy to eat fast so she she can get what she wants but minutes later she throws it all up! I noticed when she eats when no other cat is around she dosen't vomit. So what I've done was either feed her after the rest or put her food somewhere elese where the other cats won't bother her. It seams to work! She rearly vomits any more!

Gabriele    Lake City, FL

12/31/2010 12:30:02 PM

Yesterday, I had to go back to the Vet with my Cat Morris, and the Vet came to the same conclution, after XRay and Blood work, that he has IBD.
Morris is only 3 Years old, but things like this can happen also in younger animals. So now we have changed his diet to Hill's D/D and Medication and hope this will work for him.

Jeanne    South Bend, IN

12/31/2010 10:06:34 AM

To clean up vomit:
Pick up what you can off the top of the carpet.
Let the spot dry.
Vacuum thoroughly.
Use Resolve carpet cleaner on spot. It may take two or three applications, but it works for me.

Howard    Albuquerque, NM

12/31/2010 9:40:15 AM

What are the best ways to clean up after a cat vomits. It's always on the carpet, of course.

Joyce    Duluth, MN

12/31/2010 9:00:57 AM

A kitten I found in the yard would gorge and throw up. It was as though she always feared going hungry. Another cat apparently had allergies and we had to try several foods to find the right one. He seemed to react to fish which is in many cat foods. Have you checked the teeth, especially in older cats? Maybe he can't chew.

Paula    Denver, CO

12/31/2010 8:25:49 AM

Yes, I agree with the gorging theory, but I have a cat who throws up when there isn't any food in his dish. It is only liquid vomit but I have come to believe it is an anxiety response: no food in dish = anxiety attack. So I do my best to keep a bit of dry food always available to him, and it works for him.

Greg    Indian Head Pk, IL

12/31/2010 7:45:39 AM

Very timely on this subject.I strongly aggree with the 2 cat situation. Sunny a 4 yr. old mix Tabby/Lynx,active and otherwise healthy, has started inhaling his dry food when I put it down.His sister waits by the bowl for him to leave.Within a hr he's upchucking.Relieved to hear he's not the only cat to eat & run....I beleive the suggestions shown are a GOOD PRACTICE,seems to stop the cleanup routine.

DD    Rockville, MD

12/31/2010 7:15:35 AM

Solution that worked for me- I have a Calico who vomitted several times a week and it was distressing me a lot. She is 6. It finally occurred to me that we was eating fast and too much at once and then within a few minutes threw it up. Most of it was not digested. The vet agreed. She suggested getting special bowls the make it a little more difficult to get to the food. I didn't like that idea- now I watch her carefully and I know after these years when she has eaten to the point that if she eats more she will probably get sick. I pick up the bowl at that point- (I apologize first...) I eventually put the bowl back down after about half an hour or an hour. This seemed unkind to me but she is much better off not having to vomit 3 or more times a week. It is really solving the problem- she does not throw up when I control how much she eats at one time. TRY IT!!!

Melody    Ellsworth, ME

12/31/2010 4:59:11 AM

I have a Maine Coon, female "Baby", 21 months old. She has no competition for food as my 8 year old female tortoise shell, always stays away from her. Baby eats really fast and when she does she will throw up her food (dry grain). It is never chewed and is whole. She is a very active cat, proper weight, very playful. I just get tired of picking up her "used" food.

kate    faribault, MN

12/28/2010 12:36:50 PM

Wondering how Joan did with new diet. My cat has always been a puker. it's gotten worse recently.

Joan    Grayslake, IL

12/18/2010 5:42:38 PM

I think I will try the rabbit, venison, duck diet next. I notice that my cat does not chew his dry food that he upchucks shortly after consuming it. I'm wondering about a dental problem? My vet checked my cat's teeth recently, but if I had a bad tooth, I sure wouldn't want to chew my food either!

Miranda    Minneapolis, MN

10/17/2010 6:22:19 PM

When my family got my cat, we got him from a Humane Society. The Humane Society did not know how old he was, so we don't know either but we are guessing he's around 13 or 14. He stopped eating his cat food and tried to eat my dogs food so we tried taking away the dog food from. He wouldn't eat his food so we tried other food and the dog food. The dog food was the only food he would eat and now all he is is literally fur and bones, and it breaks my heart to see this. Now, everything that goes in his mouth he throws up. I know he's skinny from the dog food becuase there is less fat than cat food, but now we've tried giving him different types of cat food and he just throws all of it up. Any ideas about how to get him fat nad healthy again?

Tracy    Cheektowaga, NY

9/30/2010 7:07:25 AM

My eight year old male eats fast. Yesterday he threw up, mostly un-chewed and undigested, food about four or five times during the day. This happens once in awhile but never this much in one day. They are not hairballs, no fur is in them. I am getting worried, esp. since he is getting to the age that my first cat died (10 yrs.) and weighs two pounds more than she did (18 lbs.) Any suggestions/help would be much appreciated.

charlotte simonis    west branch, MI

9/4/2010 4:17:36 AM

I think the article is very benefictional,,,being I Love Miss Lilly....Im taking her to the vet this morning... I thought she had that disease,,,not sure of the name) but shes always running jumping always playing and sleeps well... Thank God she doesnt have that disease,,,any ways Thank You so very much...In 2 hrs. we are off to the vet...Miss lilly is only 6 mths old and we are so attached shes my baby!!!!!! Also she only eats Fancy Feast,,,,,so we shall see,Thanks again,,, :)

Greg    Gainesville, FL

7/31/2010 6:09:40 PM

I have a 16 year old male cat. For the last few years he has been vomiting several times a week. I took him to the vet shortly after it started and they did blood work and found that he had high levels of amylase in his blood. The vet thought it may be due to pancreatitis and prescribed antibiotics. After a couple of weeks of the antibiotics my cat was retested and found to still have high amylase levels. Vet thinks more than likely it is a pancreatic tumor and can't be treated.
My kitty only vomits when he eats a small amount of dry food which I would assume has a lot of starch, which is what the enzyme amylase breaks down. He eats wet foods and meat very easily and never vomits from it. But, I have two other cats that get dry food and its hard to keep him away from that all the time. So, I try to keep him full with canned food. I also cook ground beef, chicken and other meats for him. I'm thinking about trying some kind of protein supplement milk type thing. Any suggestions?

Connie    Canton, OH

6/20/2010 7:37:52 AM

My 3 year old female did the same thing, really had me worried. It reached a point where she wouldn't hardly try to eat. This was going on about 2 weeks now. She already had blood work and it was fine. Was worried about the expense of the next line of tests which would have included the ultra sound. Not to mention the fear of surgery for a blockage or something. I started giving her some canned food in between her dry to entice her to eat and she always kept it down. It didn't take me long to realize she could no longer eat the brand of food I was giving them so I switched brands and she's been fine since. Wheat was the one ingredient that was missing from the new Science Diet Food I was giving them so I always suspected that. Hope all is well with your cat now.

Jean    Minneapolis, MN

8/1/2009 1:58:23 PM

They might have hair balls. One of mine was vomiting after eating and I thought it was the competition factor but when I called the Vet he said "hair balls". I bought some "Laxanip" from the Vet. In a few days she pooped out the hair balls (yes I checked the poop) I give this to her according to the directions. She thinks it's yummy. My other cat has her private butter dish so I don't have any problems with her vomiting.

Rebecca    St. Louis, MO

7/6/2009 8:19:34 AM

I'm a nurse and I found this information very helpful. I was thinking about adopting a cat from the humane society but they tell me the cat throws up all the time. They told me they think she eats too fast, she has been returned several times because of her vomiting and sometimes diarrhea.

Jessica    Medina, OH

6/7/2009 11:36:31 AM

I have two cats, brothers age 6 1/2yrs old. For years now they both vomit after eating. I figured it was because they were eating too fast so I tried several things to remedy the problem...
- Switched foods several times
- Went from meal feeding to having food out all the time
- Changed to bowls that were in the shape of a fish and it had corners so that they would have to slow down and eat around the shape of the bowl
- Spead their food out flat on plates
NOTHING has worked and it continues. As of now they have been separated for about a year. They are separated because one of them had a UTI and he was peeing everywhere before we knew he had a UTI. Now that we fixed the UTI he is fine but have kept him separated from the other cat all the time. After he had the UTI the vet put him on prescription cat food and eventually the brothers will be reunited so I have put both cats on the prescription food. At the time of the UTI I also talked to the vet about the vomiting, she wasn't concerned and told me it was just because they are eating too fast. However, I am tired of cleaning up cat puke, any suggestions?

Martha    Shreveport, LA

6/4/2009 7:51:51 AM

Thanks for the advice!!! I thought it might have been hairballs but i suppose i was wrong. I'm going straght to the vet to find out what i need to do!!!

jack    centerville, MI

11/30/2008 2:08:38 PM

I vomit sometimes after I eat cat.

Leah    Kelowna, BC

1/20/2008 10:43:50 AM

My vet had told me hairballs could be the problem. They vomit because they are trying to get rid of an obnoxious hairball. There is simple treatment.

Mary    Rockford, IL

11/17/2007 3:54:38 PM

My kitten eats wayyy too fast and then she jumps around too much. That's when she vomits.

Angela    Hamburg, NY

11/17/2007 12:41:59 PM

This is good to know. It is important to figure out what is making kitty throw up all the time.

Rachel    Bay View, WI

11/17/2007 9:00:53 AM

Very informative article.

Rachel    Bay View, WI

11/17/2007 9:00:53 AM

Very informative article.

Elizabeth    Marshall, MN

9/23/2007 3:00:48 PM

A while ago I had this problem with my cat. It was when we had put him on a diet, feeding him smaller portions several times a day. Before he adjusted to this routine, he would eat too fast, or overeat for the room in his stomach because he didn't know when food would next be avaiable. The food hits the stomach and expands, so he vomits. He soon adapted to the new feeding schedule, but still vomits occasionally if he drinks water just before or after eating (too much) dry food, or after eating his wet food too quickly (out of excitement, since he gets only a little once a day). My friend's cat had similar symptoms, and it turned out to be a food intolerance (similar to an allergy). It can be hard to guess sometimes.

Chelsie    dover, NH

9/23/2007 9:50:00 AM

Has his food be changed recently? That can be upsetting to their stomachs... just a thought

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