Cats are almost notorious for vomiting. Itʼs gross, and we donʼt want to deal with it, but
this bodily function is sometimes necessary for them. Just as we occasionally get sick,
the reason doesnʼt always have to be because of something serious. However, keeping
an eye on your cat is important. Vomiting can be the result of health issues that need
direct and immediate attention. As a general rule, your cat should not vomit more than
twice a month. A visit to the vet is recommended If your cat vomits more frequently than
twice a month. Below are some other reasons why your cat may vomit and when to
seek immediate veterinary care.
While the following reasons for vomiting shouldnʼt cause you to be extremely anxious,
you should still see your veterinarian if the vomiting is frequent and to help solve the
underlying cause. One common reason for vomiting among cats is diet. A poor,
unbalanced diet or switching foods too quickly can easily upset a catʼs digestive tract.
Cats can also develop allergies to the ingredients found in their food. Your veterinarian
can give you alternative food suggestions to help diagnose this common problem.
Giving your cat milk may also cause vomiting since cats lack the enzymes needed to
digest lactose, the sugar present in milk.
Other causes requiring immediate care
The following are reasons for vomiting that would require more immediate veterinary
care. Poison is a common cause and can include Plants that your kitty might love to
chew on or easily reached household chemicals. Frequent vomiting along with
sluggishness and a decreased appetite for more than a day is also cause for an
immediate vet visit. If your cat doesnʼt bounce back to her usual self the day after a
vomiting episode, head to the vet to see if thereʼs something wrong. There are many
other causes of vomiting and your veterinarian can help you figure out the reason.
Is my cat vomiting because of hair balls?
You may notice the presence of hair balls that are dark and tubular in your catʼs vomit. This is
more common in long haired cats. However, the same rule of thumb applies to the
presence of hair balls- if your cat is vomiting more than twice a month, there is most
likely another underlying cause and you should call your veterinarian.
Catonsville Cat Clinic can examine your cat to keep it healthy and happy!
For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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