Frequent Vomiting

Find out what a vet recommends for frequent vomiting.

By Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M.

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Q. How can I stop my cat's frequent vomiting?

Elaine Wexler-Mitchell describes reasons why your cat may be vomiting and how to handle itElaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M., says: A healthy cat can experience frequent vomiting. Causes range from food intolerance, eating too quickly, ingesting plants or paper, playing too hard after eating, and ingesting hairballs to medical conditions such as early inflammatory bowel disease. You need to observe vomiting episodes, taking note of contents, frequency, time of day, association with eating, and general health of the cat to help determine the cause. These observations will aid your veterinarian in reaching a diagnosis.

Cats who vomit within a few minutes of eating are actually regurgitating and need to slow down when they eat. To decrease regurgitation, try one the following: Mix canned and dry food together (cats cannot eat the combination as quickly); add water to dry kibble, so the pieces expand, before letting your cat eat it (the food will not expand in the stomach and create overfilling); feed your cat larger kibble that requires chewing; put food in a shallower bowl so the food is thinly dispersed and cannot be ingested in large mouthfuls; feed multiple cats separately to decrease competition; and feed smaller and more frequent meals. You should discuss ongoing vomiting and/or regurgitation with your veterinarian.

 

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Liz    Huntsville, AL

5/7/2013 2:00:59 PM

My cat has food intolerance to grains and was also a shelter cat so she feels the need to eat quickly and thinks she can eat constantly. The vet said everything they've tested for showed no signs of anything out the ordinary. I think I'm going to try mixing her foods together because when it's only wet or dry she has trouble with it. Thanks for the tip!

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/7/2012 2:54:31 AM

good article, thank you

Elizabeth    Salinas, CA

10/2/2011 5:15:18 PM

Thank you. Have been wondering for 5 years what to do about her fast eating. She was raised with a dog but for these 5 years and now competes with her 5 year old offspring for food. They have always had seperate bowls and feeding 1 1/2 tablesspoons every 3 hours does not always stop the vomiting. We change dry food every 6 months and finally have one she only throws up once or maybe twice a day. My vet never suggested this option. Thanks again.

janet    bethlehem, PA

9/7/2011 9:01:53 AM

good article, thanks

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