Quick Tips: Vomiting

Vomiting can result from many different causes.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Vomiting is a nonspecific clinical sign that can result from any number of causes, such as food intolerance, eating too quickly, ingesting plants or paper, and playing too hard after eating. Actually, hairballsnot foreign objectsare by far the most common cause of vomiting in cats.

If your cat vomits frequently, try to observe the episodes. Take note of the time of day, how often it happens, when it occurs in relation to mealtime and the contents. These observations can help your veterinarian diagnose any problems.

Though a healthy cat can experience frequent vomiting, a vomiting cat should have a thorough examination including abdominal palpation. Abdominal tenderness is evidence of possible foreign object presence. Inability to hold any food or water also points to such a diagnosis.

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Dottie    Honolulu, HI

7/29/2012 8:52:23 PM

My 10 year old cat has been vonitibg almost since I first brought him home. For a long time, it was occasional. Recently it became constant and he stopped eating. I took him to the vet who said he had an allergy to his food and suggested Grain Free food. Well, what a difference! In just 2 days, all the redness around his eyes,ears and in his mouth disappeared! He is not vomiting any more. I suggest to all owners of vomiting pets to try Grain-free food. After all, cats and dogs are not natural carb eaters. I am passing this along to help any other kitty moms and dads in this situation. Aloha!

Dottie    Honolulu, HI

7/29/2012 8:51:22 PM

My 10 year old cat has been vonitibg almost since I first brought him home. For a long time, it was occasional. Recently it became constant and he stopped eating. I took him to the vet who said he had an allergy to his food and suggested Grain Free food. Well, what a difference! In just 2 days, all the redness around his eyes,ears and in his mouth disappeared! He is not vomiting any more. I suggest to all owners of vomiting pets to try Grain-free food. After all, cats and dogs are not natural carb eaters. I am passing this along to help any other kitty moms and dads in this situation. Aloha!

lori    colby, KS

1/7/2012 3:09:32 PM

Our oldest cat, Cruz, is about 7 1/2 years old. We have 2 others all 3 are boys all 3 have been neutered, they stay inside and NEVER go outside. They all have had their shots. Every couple of months Cruz starts vomiting it lasts about 2 or 3 days, then it quits and he is back to normal. He vomits 3 times usually the first time it unchewed food the 2nd and 3th time it is usually a bile like fluid. We feed them a good quality dry food that is always available and we give them a "snack" twice a day morning and evening of canned food. Maybe a teaspoon each. When Cruz is vomiting he won't eat the canned food but will eat the dry and then will vomit it back up. He vomits a series of 3 times 3 or 4 times a day then it over and he's good to go for a couple of months then it starts again. We took him to the vet and they could not find anything wrong. This has been going on for a couple of years. He is normally a very active cat he plays well with the other cats they all get along, they fight, play and sleep together. However, I noticed the other day he acted like he was chopping down real hard on the dry food, and today he has drool hanging from his mouth. I'm wondering if it could be a tooth problem. Could a tooth problem cause his vomiting or do you think it could be 2 different things. By the way Cruz is a tall long cat he weighs about 10 - 11 pounds and seems healthy other than the vomiting.

Linda    Athol, MA

12/30/2011 3:05:47 PM

very informative. I also have a question, what would make a cat vomit everytime it moves, and it is not eating or drinking

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