Cats tend to vomit from time to time. Virtually all cat owners will tell you that they experience this with their cats. While this can be a ‘clean-up’ hassle (particularly when they throw-up on the carpet), a vomiting cat is usually related something minor. Usually, cat vomiting is caused by your cat eating too quickly, eating too much, or eating something disagreeable.
Causes of Cat Vomiting
Sometimes, however, cat vomiting can be associated with something more serious like pancreatitis, bacterial infections, intestinal parasites, toxins, or acute kidney failure. It is important to keep a close eye on your cat if he vomits more frequently than once or twice in a day.
There are so many causes of vomiting that it can be difficult to diagnose so if your cat does vomit, check for other symptoms. These include diarrhea, blood in vomit, lethargy, and weight loss. If you notice any of these symptoms or if your cat is just vomiting frequently, take him immediately to the veterinarian. Early detection of any problem will always result in a better outcome.
Cats will also cough up hairballs occasionally. You can easily tell the difference between a hairball and food vomit. Hairballs are exactly that… a ‘ball of hair’. Hairballs are the result of the build up of hair in the cat’s stomach that does not pass through the digestive system. This is caused by the normal grooming that cats do when they clean their fur. Hairballs can cause intestinal blockages so if you see your cat having a lack of appetite, being lethargic, or retching without throwing up a hairball, take them to the veterinarian immediately. Ask your vet about specific foods and medications that can help with hairballs.
Just remember that the occasional vomiting cat is usually nothing to worry about and normal in most cats. If vomiting persists, do have you cat checked out by a professional.