Why is my cat vomiting? Explanations of vomiting in cats


When vomiting occurs occasionally, owners should not be concerned about it. However, when they become chronic and are accompanied by blood or fever, the problem can be serious. The cat must therefore be taken to the veterinarian quickly.

When vomiting is “normal”

It turns out that vomiting in cats is not necessarily linked to illness. This may be a normal phenomenon caused, for example, by hairballs. We know how this animal has impeccable hygiene. However, by licking itself, it swallows the hairs that are trapped in the digestive system and cause regurgitation. To avoid them, a diet rich in fiber is recommended or based on specific kibbles. Otherwise, there are veterinary gels that promote the removal of these hairs via the feces.

At the time of weaning a kitten also, vomiting becomes recurrent when the food transition has not been carried out gradually during the transition between liquid food (in this case breast milk) and solid food (kibble). It also happens that the feline fails to digest goat’s or cow’s milk and develops digestive problems. At this stage, lactose intolerance may appear so it is imperative to stop the consumption of milk.

Moreover, when the cat eats too quickly, in large quantities and especially without chewing, vomiting is inevitable. This eating behavior is caused by stress, oral problems or bulimia. It will therefore be necessary to provide it with moist food for better digestion.

The worrying factors of vomiting

Beyond simple normal phenomena, vomiting can hide more serious disorders such as food poisoning by bacteria that develop in spoiled food for example. Otherwise, they can be due to an intestinal obstruction: the cat is then subject to diarrhea, swelling of the stomach, abdominal pain, constipation, loss of energy and of course, vomiting. This kind of problem is the cause of an occlusion. Your cat may have eaten something that has blocked its intestines. Otherwise, he may have consumed poison; by this is meant household products, phytosanitary products or anticoagulants. In this case, vomiting is accompanied by blood. At this time, it is urgent to go to the vet.

Other diseases related to vomiting in cats

Vomiting is often a common symptom of many illnesses. When combined with diarrhea and fever, it means infection. However, these manifestations can also reflect other pathologies such as diabetes, renal failure, inflammatory bowel diseases, a digestive ulcer, a gastric tumor or even neurological diseases.

To make his diagnosis, the veterinarian takes stock of the animal’s history, whether concerning its treatments, its old pathologies, its breed or its age. After carrying out a clinical examination of the abdomen or the mucous membranes, he may have to perform additional examinations, in particular an X-ray, an abdominal ultrasound, a blood test or a digestive endoscopy.

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