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What to do if your cat keeps throwing up.

Updated on August 31, 2012

A disturbing sight for cat owners.

The sight of a pet cat throwing up will be very disturbing to cat owners. Most cat owners believe that cats’ vomiting is a normal occurrence. However it important for them to know the difference between normal and abnormal reasons for a cat to vomit, so as to be able to give their pet the correct treatment required for its distress.

The causes of cats vomiting.

The causes for cats vomiting are many. Some of them are diet related. Some cats will bolt their food at such a speed that their digestive system is unable to cope, causing the cat to throw up. If this is the case try giving the cat smaller portions of food. Switching the type of food or brands can also cause vomiting. Outdoor cats often eat strange things such as grass, mice and insects>these can often give them an upset stomach. A further reason for a cat to vomit is a sudden change of diet. Switching the type of food or brands can also cause vomiting.

To avoid vomiting, a new diet should be introduced gradually to prevent the cat’s stomach rejecting the food. Other causes of vomiting, are the cat eating mouldy products and inappropriate scraps they may find around the kitchen. This can cause vomiting in some cases, so it is advisable to keep any food out of their reach. Allergies to certain foods may also cause the pet cat to be sick more often than is normal.


Another common cause is hairballs. Should a cat vomit hair balls, use a hair ball remedy to help move the hair through the cat’s intestine. There are several remedies available on the market. Follow the manufacturers or vets instructions on its use.

Stay calm, but vigilant

It is important not to panic when a cat throws up. If the incident is an isolated one and the cat shows no other indication of illness, then there would be no need to be too concerned over its health. However if the cat vomits more than once or twice in an hour, or shows signs of lethargy, or there are traces of blood in the vomit: it is time to call or visit the vet.

Many cat owners will experience concerns about their pets vomiting, but constant vigilance and careful monitoring of their diet will ensure a healthy and contented pet for many years to come.


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