How can i make my cat puke

How can i make my cat puke

How can i make my cat puke

Dr. Bartley Harrison is a veterinarian with more than 15 years of professional veterinary experience treating dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, and small mammals, with a specific focus on Emergency Medicine. Dr. Harrison is part of The Spruce Pets’ veterinary review board.

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Cats can sometimes eat things they shouldn’t. Besides household chemicals, common foods, houseplants, and even the contents of your sewing box may all be something your cat tries to eat at some point. While some human food and houseplants are safe for cats to nibble on, many can be toxic. Knowing how to make your cat vomit up what they ate as well as when not to make them vomit can be a key tactic in at-home first aid.

At-Home Methods

A common method to make your dog vomit is to administer 3 percent hydrogen peroxide orally at a dosage of about 1 tsp per five to 10 pounds of body weight, but is peroxide safe for cats? The use of hydrogen peroxide in cats is no longer recommended since it is rarely effective and can instead induce severe, life-threatening ulceration of the stomach.

Other sources may recommend giving your cat a solution of salt water. This has it’s own pitfalls, though. Giving a large amount of salt at once can be toxic by itself. Also, renal (kidney) dysfunction is a common disease process seen in cats, especially elderly ones. Additionally, some toxic items including all lily plants, antifreeze, and NSAIDs (like ibuprofen or aspirin) can cause acute renal failure. Part of the job of the kidneys is to filter out the salt in your cat’s bloodstream, so adding to that by way of salt water may exacerbate an underlying issue.

Veterinary Methods

Truly, the safest way to make your cat vomit is to have your vet do it. There are injectable medications that your vet can give your cat to induce vomiting, including dexmedetomidine, hydromorphone, and xylazine. It should be noted that this is a different medication than the one your vet will give your dog to induce vomiting.

Ideally, your cat should start vomiting within a few minutes of receiving the injection, but cats are not as consistent as dogs about vomiting at the vet’s office. Only about 60-75% of cats will vomit with medication. Once it is clear there is nothing more that your cat can bring up, there are other medications your vet can give that will help with the nausea from hydromorphone or the sedation from xylazine or dexmedetomidine. Veterinarians tend to induce vomiting far less frequently in cats than in dogs, though, so ask them if they have this medication in the hospital in case of an emergency so that you can plan ahead.

When Not to Induce Vomiting

If you suspect your cat has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, making them vomit might actually might cause more harm than good. There are certain instances when making your cat is not recommended. If it has been more than two or three hours since you suspect your cat ate a toxin, making them vomit is less likely to be successful since the object may have been absorbed or already moved past the stomach.

If your cat has ingest caustic materials, such as bleach, drain cleaner, or petroleum based products you should not make them vomit it back up. By doing so you could cause chemical burns on your cat’s esophagus and could even cause your cat to breathe in (or aspirate) the caustic materials. If you suspect your cat at a sewing needle or sewing thread, you also do not want to make them throw up. The needle could puncture the esophagus or mouth on the way back up. Sewing thread has a nasty habit of getting partly stuck in a cat’s intestines, allowing the rest of the thread to cut through the rest of the intestines. If you suspect your cat ate thread, making them vomit could potentially cause the thread to cut through your cat’s esophagus.

Other times you should not induce vomiting in your cat include if they are already vomiting, if they are weak or unconscious, if your cat has a history of seizures or other neurological conditions, if your cat has a heart condition, or if your cat has had recent abdominal surgery.


Cats with shorter snouts (such as Persians) should also not be made to vomit as there is an increased risk for aspiration (breathing in) of the stomach contents. If your cat aspirates on her vomit, she can come down with something called aspiration pneumonia.

By and large, dogs definitely are the main offender when it comes to getting into toxins and things they shouldn’t be, but that doesn’t mean cats don’t get into their fair share of mischief either. If you suspect your cat has gotten into something that can harm them, contact your vet immediately. They can advise you on what steps you should take and can make your cat safely vomit if that is the best course of action.

Nystrom MR, Odunayo A, Okafor CC. Assessment of hydromorphone and dexmedetomidine for emesis induction in cats. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2019;29(4):360-365. doi:10.1111/vec.12866

How can i make my cat puke

Many cat parents wonder why their kitties throw up, and there are a lot of reasons why your pet would vomit. For example, vomiting might be related to your cat’s diet or to a food allergy. It might also occur if your kitty ends up eating too quickly, or if she went too long without eating. And, of course, there are hairballs that can be thrown up as well. But serious issues (such as poisoning) and health issues (such as digestion problems or metabolic disorders) might also be to blame.

If your kitty is vomiting a lot, it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to be sure there aren’t any underlying health problems at play. And, because working with your vet can give you insight into what’s causing your kitty to vomit, you can select a solution, such as one of the home remedies discussed below, with more accuracy.

Consider Switching to a Different Food

Your kitty might have trouble digesting her food if you’re feeding her a poor quality diet, and that might lead to vomiting. Also, a food allergy might be to blame if you find that your cat vomits every now and then.

Consider switching to a higher quality species-appropriate food that may be easier for your pet to digest. And rotating protein sources so you aren’t feeding the same protein all the time might also be a smart strategy if you want to tackle a food allergy. But if you aren’t sure about what foods and treats would be best for your unique kitty, be sure to talk to your vet for guidance.

Fasting and a Bland Diet

Withholding water and food for about two hours might be a good place to start if your kitty is vomiting, particularly if your pet’s stomach is irritated and she keeps vomiting after she eats. Basically, fasting for a bit may allow the stomach to rest.

If you’ve fasted your cat for two hours and she hasn’t vomited, you can give her some water. But if your kitty isn’t the type to drink water, you can give her some tuna juice to see if she’ll drink that to help her stay hydrated. It’s important to ensure she keeps drinking, even if you are withholding food for a bit, because you don’t want your kitty to become dehydrated as a result of the vomiting.

Once your cat isn’t vomiting after consuming liquids, you can offer her a bland diet, feeding her small amounts of the food frequently. As an example, you could boil some fresh chicken yourself, or you could ask your vet about a prescription diet that’s worth trying.

Start by giving a small amount of food, waiting an hour to see if there’s any vomiting, and then giving a bit more. Then, you can continue providing small amounts of the bland diet every three or four hours. Do this for the first 24 hours, working on slowly decreasing the frequency of the meals while increasing the amount of food given.

You can feed this bland diet for two days before slowly reintroducing your kitty’s usual diet. Simply mix some of the regular diet with the bland diet, increasing the amount of the regular diet with every meal. If your kitty is tolerating it all without vomiting, that’s a good sign.

Strategies for Reducing Hairballs That Cause Vomiting

If your kitty tends to throw up hairballs often, there are some steps that you can take to help reduce this type of vomiting. For example, you can help her out by brushing her daily to remove excess fur that she’d otherwise swallow while grooming herself.

You might even consider adding a small amount of olive oil to your pet’s food. A teaspoon per week may help your kitty’s digestion and help her pass the hair through her stool, rather than throwing it up. As an alternative, you might try a teaspoon of melted butter added to your pet’s food, which will serve the same purpose as the olive oil.

Yet another option is pure canned pumpkin, which can also be added to your pet’s food to help keep her digestion system running smoothly, and to keep those hairballs moving through.

What About Vomiting That’s Caused by Motion Sickness?

Does your cat experience nausea and vomiting when you travel with her? This is a common problem, especially among kitties that aren’t used to traveling.

If you think the vomiting is caused by stress, there are some options to help your pet feel more at ease. For example, to help her feel less anxious when traveling by car, you can try natural remedies, such as feline pheromones and Bach flower remedies. Plus, there are herbs, such as valerian, that might help keep your pet calm as well, but it’s a good idea to have a chat with your vet to be sure they’re safe to give to your cat.

Reducing the amount of food that you give to your cat before heading out might also be helpful. Feeding your kitty several hours before you plan to leave home may help reduce the odds that she will feel nauseous or throw up.

Of course, there’s also the option of talking to your veterinarian about your kitty’s motion sickness. That way, you can get tips on what you can do to help your cat feel better, and your vet can also discuss medications that might be appropriate for your cat when it comes to combating nausea or anxiety.

Natural Remedies for Vomiting in Cats

Some experts recommend various natural remedies that you can try at home when your cat is vomiting.

As an example, a pinch of catnip might help calm a kitty’s upset stomach, but there are other herbs that may be effective as well. If you’re thinking about taking this route, it’s best to talk to a veterinarian, such as a holistic vet, who can guide you in the right direction based on your unique cat’s needs.

Some experts also recommend other natural options, such as kefir, Bach Flower Essences, and homeopathic remedies. Again, it’s best to work with a vet if you’re going to try any new supplements, herbs, etc. You’ll want to be sure you’re providing the right dose at the right frequency, and you’ll want to be absolutely certain that it’s safe for your pet.

Know When to Call Your Vet

Vomiting is considered acute when it doesn’t last for more than two or three days, and this problem will typically go away on its own. But if the vomiting becomes chronic or severe, it might result in other problems, such as electrolyte imbalances or dehydration. So, if the vomiting doesn’t stop, it’s best to call your vet to figure out what’s going on and get your cat the help that she needs.

Keep in mind that vomiting might be caused by something minor, such as your cat eating something that she wasn’t supposed to consume, but it might also be a symptom of something serious, such as poisoning. Also, conditions that might cause vomiting include intestinal or urinary tract obstruction, thyroid disease, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), infection, or liver disease. So you’ll definitely want to consult with your vet ASAP if the vomiting doesn’t resolve with simple home remedies like the ones discussed above.

Bottom line: if you try some home remedies but your cat continues to vomit, if the vomiting gets worse, or other symptoms arise, such as lethargy or inappetence, call your vet right away so that you can have your kitty examined and treated appropriately.

No pet parent likes to hear that sound: the hacking noise from the other room that tells you are going to have a mess to clean up. When your cat starts gagging, the first thought that might go through your head is, “Oh no, what did they get into now?” There are many reasons why your cat might throw up, some of them more serious than others. As a new pet parent, it is important to know the reasons your cat may be vomiting and when an upchuck warrants a visit to the veterinarian.

How can i make my cat puke

Hairballs: A Common Cause of Cat Vomiting

Even as a seasoned cat parent, it is important to understand the reasons behind cat vomiting. As cats age, their bodies change and vomiting may indicate something is abnormal..

Although cat vomiting might be due to eating a part of a houseplant or ingesting a piece of a toy, your cat can get an upset stomach from ingesting hair fromgrooming. This most often resurfaces as a hairball.

Although a cat vomiting up a hairball every so often is normal, there are times when you may need to be concerned. Hairballs shouldn’t be painful, frequent or difficult for your cat to pass. Untreated hairballs can also go the other way and cause painful intestinal blockages in extreme cases, according to Cornell Feline Health Center , so keep track of your cat’s normal routine and watch out for signs of constipation, lethargy, and anorexia if they have not passed a hairball in a while. If your cat has a consistent hairball problem, you might want to look into a cat food that is formulated for hairballs.

Cat Vomit Diagnostic Hacks

A hairball every now and then (often with foamy or yellow liquid) may not be a reason to call your vet, but if your cat starts vomiting frequently or the hairballs are large and seem to be causing your pet discomfort, you may want to have your feline friend in for a checkup.

According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, most vets start by determining if the vomiting is related to hairballs. Then they maymove to discussing possible ingestion of harmful objects or substances in your home. If the cause is not obvious, your vet may recommend additional testing such as bloodwork, a fecal examination or X-rays or an ultrasound to find the problem.

It’s helpful to know that most vets will approach cat vomiting this way so that you can gather useful information prior to your appointment. When visit your vet, be prepared to describe your cat’s recent surroundings, activities and vomiting frequency and appearance.

Other Reasons for Cat Vomit

If your cat barfs, but resumes regular activities, continues to eat and seems otherwise healthy, youmay not have much to worry about. For example, sometimes cats vomit undigested food shortly after eating. This can happen when your pet eats the food too fast. In these cases, you may just need to feed your cat smaller, more frequent meals.

However, in some cases, frequent or excessive vomiting may be the result of a serious condition. A number of different diseases such as kidney and liver disease can cause vomiting. Food allergies, intestinal parasites and infections can also result in vomiting. Testing is needed to help determine the cause and find the best solution to help your cat.

Food Allergies

Some cats can also experience digestive turmoil from food sensitivities and allergies. Pay close attention to any behaviors your cat exhibits before and after eating. Besides vomiting, do they have diarrhea, bald patches or itchy skin? Discuss these observations with your vet and take your vet’s advice on food changes and medications that are needed for your pet.

Do not attempt to diagnose your cat’s allergy at home, since changing her food on your own could end up upsetting your cat’s stomach more if not done properly.

Always err on the side of caution, and if something doesn’t seem right, get your cat to the vet immediately. Every cat is different and your vet is the person best qualified to diagnose the underlying issue that is causing your cat to throw up.

Ways to Prevent Cat Vomiting

Wouldn’t all pet parents love to know the secret to eliminating vomiting? Or even a way to train your cat not to do it on your bed or carpet? Unfortunately, there’s no magic word. But there are a few things you can try to ease your cleanup and your kitty’s discomfort.

If your cat is vomiting hairballs, make sure to brush your cat regularly, keeping themactive and feed a food with balanced nutrition that is designed to help cats with hairballs.

To help keep your cat’s stomach happy, give them the type and amount of food recommended by your vet and have clean, fresh water available at all times. If your cat eats too quickly you can try a puzzle feeder or a dry food with large, crunchy pieces to slow them down. If your veterinarian recommends medications or therapeutic foods, it will be important to follow their instruction in order to keep your cat healthy. \ Be sure your cat sees the vet regularly and discuss your concerns.

Though cleaning up messes and bodily fluids is something all pet parents will experience at some point, following these tips and knowing when to seek the help of a professional can hopefully make these experiences few and far between.

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How can i make my cat puke

Chrissie Klinger

Chrissie Klinger is a pet parent that enjoys sharing her home with her furkids, two of her own children and her husband. Chrissie enjoys spending time with all her family members when she is not teaching, writing or blogging. She strives to write articles that help pet owners live a more active and meaningful life with their pets.

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  • Why Do Cats Throw Up?
  • Signs to Look for in Your Cat
  • How to Know if Your Cat Is Throwing Up
  • Treating Your Cat for Throwing Up
  • Preventing Your Cat From Throwing Up

All cats are going to throw up every once in a while, but a common misconception is that vomiting is normal behavior for cats. If your cat is throwing up more than once a week, or even consistently every few weeks, you should see your vet. Frequent or repeated vomiting is not normal behavior for your cat.

Cats can get an upset stomach for many reasons. If your cat vomits often, make an appointment with your vet to find the underlying cause. Your cat may be regurgitating their food, coughing, or having a reaction to something they’ve eaten. It’s important to keep an eye on them and make sure they haven’t come in contact with a toxic substance or have something lodged in their throat.

Why Do Cats Throw Up?

Cats may throw up even when they’re not sick. If your cat throws up right after eating, they may be eating too much or too fast. They might be reacting to a change in their diet, or they might have eaten something they shouldn’t have like a rubber band or piece of string.

Hairballs could be to blame, too. Longhair cats or cats that groom themselves often can get wads of fur stuck in their stomachs. It’s ok for your cat to throw up a hairball every week or two to avoid blockages in their intestines. Passing hairballs should not be painful for your cat, though. To make it easier, you can brush your cat’s fur regularly or give them over-the-counter supplements.

Other more serious conditions that can cause your cat to vomit include:

· Foreign objects in their digestive tract

· Inflammatory Bowel Disease

These conditions can be life-threatening, but early detection and treatment can help your cat live a long, healthy life.

Signs to Look for in Your Cat

Your vet will ask for a thorough history of your cat’s health and behavior. Before your visit you’ll want to look for the following in your cat:

  • Lethargy or depression
  • Change in appetite or eating habits
  • Weight loss
  • Blood in their vomit
  • Pain in their abdomen (if they react harshly when you touch it)
  • Frequency of vomiting
  • Change in diet
  • Access to plants or other foods or substances
  • If other cats or animals are affected in your household

This will help your vet determine if your cat needs more tests or blood work.


How to Know if Your Cat Is Throwing Up

Your cat can get nauseous before they throw up. They can be restless, salivating, or repeatedly swallowing. Vomiting starts with intense contractions in your cat’s abdominal muscles. They then expel what’s in their stomach or throat.

Coughing in cats can look similar to throwing up. When a cat coughs, they’ll crouch down on all four legs and stretch their neck out. They then cough up froth or foam, which they might swallow again immediately.

There’s also a difference between regurgitation and vomiting. Regurgitation takes your cat less effort and usually doesn’t involve abdominal contractions. Regurgitation often happens right after eating or drinking and may be a sign of a problem in the cat’s esophagus.

Showing your vet a video of your cat vomiting can help them differentiate between vomiting, coughing, and regurgitating.

Treating Your Cat for Throwing Up

If your cat is vomiting because of hairballs, try switching their food to one with a hairball formula. Cat food with hairball formula helps prevent hairballs from forming by breaking them down with specific enzymes.

If your cat is throwing up because they are overeating, you may need to monitor and change how much food you’re giving them. You can buy a bowl that makes your cat work for their food and eat slower. You can also try giving your cat smaller portions more frequently through the day.

However, if your cat is throwing up several times a day or multiple days in a row, they may have another health issue that needs to be treated by a vet. Your vet will run tests to identify the underlying condition and may prescribe medication to treat it.

Preventing Your Cat From Throwing Up

Cats are curious creatures, and they can accidentally get into things that make them sick. It’s best to keep toxic plants, human medications, yarn or string, chocolate, or other small objects out of your cat’s reach. They may eat or swallow these items and cause digestive complications.

If your cat vomits frequently, you’ll want your vet to diagnose the underlying causes. It’s best to not hesitate to take your cat to the vet if you suspect they are sick.


Cornell University: “Vomiting.”

Animal Emergency Center: “Help! My Cat Keeps Vomiting.”

Riverfront Animal Hospital: “What to Do When Your Cat Keeps Vomiting.”

How can i make my cat puke

Cats are creatures known for vomiting every now and then. If you’ve ever owned a cat, you know that they occasionally throw up hairballs or food. But when does vomiting become a reason to worry, and when should a cat be taken to the vet for a checkup because of vomiting?

We cover some basic information below to help you keep your pet happy and healthy, but remember that if your kitty’s vomiting just doesn’t seem normal, your vet is the best person to call.

A List of Some of the Causes of Vomiting in Cats

Kitties of all ages and breeds may exhibit vomiting as a symptom, but whether or not it is a cause for concern will depend on how often the vomiting occurs and if there is an underlying medical condition that’s to blame.

  • Throwing up hairballs is common, and usually nothing to be too worried about. Some cats will get rid of hairballs more often than others, and this is typically considered normal. If you aren’t sure if your cat is vomiting hairballs more often than what would be considered normal, consult with a vet.
  • Another reason why a cat might vomit is because she ate something that she wasn’t supposed to. For example, spoiled food, plants, poisonous materials, and household objects, such as string, might cause a kitty to vomit. Also, if a foreign object is causing an obstruction, vomiting might take place.
  • Various medical conditions might also cause vomiting. For example, if your kitty has a gastrointestinal problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), vomiting might occur. Also, if there are internal parasites, or if there’s an underlying disease like hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or kidney disease, vomiting might be a symptom of the problem. And gastrointestinal growths, whether benign or malignant, might lead to vomiting as well.

What Cat Vomit Can Look Like

Okay, we know that this is gross, but taking a look at your cat’s vomit to see its color and consistency might help you and your veterinarian figure out the cause behind it. So, before you rush to clean up the mess, take note of its appearance so you can give your vet more details that may be able to shed some light on whether or not the vomiting is a cause for concern.

Below are just some of the things you might find when your kitty vomits. Keep in mind that these are listed here just to give you a basic idea of what might be going on, but talking to your vet is the best way to get answers.

  • Pieces of food – If your frisky feline ate her food too quickly, if she ate too much food, or if she’s allergic or intolerant to something she ate, she might throw it up. However, this might also occur if there’s an obstruction or other problem that’s preventing food from moving through the digestive tract like it should.
  • Mucus – If you see mucus on the floor, this might be a sign of regurgitation, not vomiting. And you might see this with regurgitated food.
  • Clear or watery liquid – If your kitty drank a lot of water (this might be caused by a medical problem like diabetes), she might end up throwing up clear liquid. However, this could also be caused by your pet’s stomach being empty.
  • Foamy fluid – If there is inflammation or irritation within the digestive tract, your furry friend might throw up a foamy, white liquid. Also, if she goes a while without eating, she might throw up a foamy fluid that’s white or yellow in color. And she might even throw up a foamy liquid before throwing up a hairball.
  • Green liquid or yellow bile – If your cat’s stomach is empty from going a while without eating, she might end up vomiting bile that looks yellow. And if the vomit is green, this may be the result of bile being mixed in too. However, this might also occur if your kitty is refusing to eat or if she has liver disease.
  • Brown fluid – If your cat vomits and you find brown liquid, it might just be that she ate something brown. However, this type of vomit might also indicate that there may be blood in the gastrointestinal tract, perhaps because of a foreign body or ulceration.
  • Blood – If you notice blood in your cat’s vomit, alert your vet. Depending on where the blood is coming from, it might appear red or it might look like coffee grounds. Perhaps it’s because your kitty has been vomiting a lot and the esophagus or stomach became irritated. Or, this might indicate poisoning, a medical condition, or an ulcer.

Remember, when you talk to your vet about your cat’s vomit, don’t be reluctant to go into detail about the color, consistency, and overall appearance of it, as well as how much your kitty is vomiting and how often it’s happening.

When to Call the Vet

If your kitty is vomiting a lot—such as more than once a day or for several days in a row—it’s best to call your vet for a checkup. Also, if you notice any other symptoms, such as a change in your pet’s appetite, an inability to keep food down, weakness, lethargy, changes in behavior or grooming, or blood in the vomit, it’s time to take the vomiting seriously and call your veterinarian.

Diagnosing the Cause of the Vomiting

Vomiting that’s considered chronic or severe is a cause for concern, and it can lead to other issues, such as electrolyte imbalance and dehydration, so you should talk to your vet right away. Acute, minor vomiting that only lasts a short while, on the other hand, might not be a serious issue, but you may want to ask your vet to be sure.

Whether or not the vomiting is worrisome will depend on what your veterinarian finds during an examination. Your vet can perform tests, such as a fecal exam and blood test, to figure out if there are any diseases or parasites, or toxicity, that’s causing the vomiting. He or she can also order a biopsy to rule out IBD or cancer. And imaging tests like an ultrasound or x-rays can be used to see if there are any ailments of the gastrointestinal tract that might be causing the vomiting, if there are foreign objects in the digestive tract, or if there are masses that are causing problems.

Treatments Are Available

Veterinarians can provide a range of treatments to help a vomiting cat feel better. Fluid therapy, medications like antiemetic drugs, and changes in diet might be recommended. Ultimately, the treatment will be based on the diagnosis. So if there are parasites, treatments to remove them will be ordered, whereas obstructions might need surgical removal, and infections might require antibiotics, as a few examples.

If the vomiting is considered acute and mild, your veterinarian might start by recommending that you fast your kitty for a certain number of hours before providing her with a small amount of a bland diet that’s easy to digest. Gradually, you’ll reintroduce her normal diet once the symptoms subside.

Your Vet Will Know If You Need to Be Worried

Keep in mind that vomiting is a symptom, not a disease. If your healthy kitty occasionally vomits, your vet might say that it isn’t anything to worry about. On the other hand, if your cat is vomiting a lot or showing other symptoms, your veterinarian can help by diagnosing the cause and recommending the appropriate treatments to help your pet feel good again.

By: Sheldon Rubin | Updated: May 12, 2021

Vomiting is one of the most commonly encountered problems in veterinary medicine. It is nature’s way of permitting cats to rid his or her stomach of irritating substances such as spoiled food or other foreign material such as hairballs or plants. But not all vomiting is due to simple irritation.

More serious causes of vomiting are viral infections, obstructions caused by string or other foreign objects, and diseases of the liver, pancreas, or kidney. However, it is important to seek professional help if there are signs of bleeding, or if the cat is depressed and still vomiting after initial efforts at control have failed. If a cat is vomiting, use the following cat care tips:

Step 1: Remove all food for at least 12 to 24 hours. Don’t remove your cat’s water, though. He should always have access to fresh water.

Step 2: If the cat’s vomit contains blood or is frequent, contact the veterinarian immediately. If not, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: After 12 to 24 hours, feed the cat a mixture of small quantities of boiled chicken breasts, skinned and boned, with rice (50:50 mixture). Alternately, chicken baby food may be substituted. If this is held down, a transition to a regular diet should take place over the next two days by mixing in regular cat food, reducing the chicken and rice amounts and increasing the regular cat food amounts.

Step 4: Vomiting can be a sign of many diseases. Do not be fooled into thinking that it is just fur balls. If vomiting continues on a frequent basis, professional help must be sought.

Cats can be stoic creatures and often manage to hide their discomfort when they are sick. Our Bartlett vets share some of the signs and symptoms that indicate your feline friend may be feeling under the weather.

Symptoms of a Sick Cat

Cats, like many animals, are remarkably good at hiding their discomfort when they are ill. In fact, signs of illness may not be obvious until your cat is feeling very unwell. That’s why it’s important to visit your Bartlett vet as soon as possible if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Constricted or dilated pupils
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sudden mood change
  • No inclination to play or appearing lethargic
  • Much less or much more vocal than usual
  • Sudden changes in appetite, drinking, or eating habits
  • Noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • Neglecting grooming or over-grooming
  • Improper use of litter box
  • Limping or injuries
  • Wounds or swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Discharge from eyes or nose
  • Hair loss or skin irritation
  • Hiding

Knowing When Your Cat is Sick

No one knows your cat as well as you do. Be sure to watch your cat for subtle changes in behavior that others may not notice; take note of any changes to your cat’s usual body language or demeanor.

If something just doesn’t seem right, it’s a good time to take your cat to the vet for a thorough examination, even if your cat isn’t showing any of the symptoms listed above.

Some Common Causes of Illness in Cats

The symptoms listed above are all signs that your cat may be sick. Here are a few common illnesses that cats can develop:

  • The sudden appearance of litter box issues could indicate anything from a urinary tract infection to bladder stones or kidney disease.
  • A sudden increased appetite could be an indication of diabetes, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease or even intestinal cancer.
  • If your cat is drinking far more water than usual, it could be a sign that your cat is suffering from kidney disease, thyroid problems, or diabetes.
  • Upper respiratory infections can cause breathing problems and reduce your cat’s enthusiasm for activities and play.
  • Injuries and arthritis can result in a drop-off in your cat’s acrobatic activities.
  • Bad breath in cats is a strong sign that your cat may be suffering from periodontal disease or experiencing tooth pain. If left untreated, dental disease in cats can lead to more serious issues such as heart, liver and kidney conditions.

What To Do if Your Cat is Sick

If your cat is displaying any unusual behaviors it’s worth a trip to the vet for diagnosis and treatment. Early detection and treatment of illnesses can help to prevent conditions from becoming more severe or potentially life-threatening.

Cat injuries or illnesses often require urgent medical attention, surgery or even emergency care. It is essential to seek professional veterinary advice as soon as possible. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner your furry friend will be acting more like themselves again.

  • 22:37, 25 May 2022
  • Updated : 9:35, 26 May 2022

A CAT owner took his ill moggy to a vet and was shocked to learn she was fine — just sick of him working from home.

Harry Jones, 25, was worried when kitten Helen began weeing inside, meowing loudly and scratching the front door to get out.

She shredded a novel he was reading, got uptight when he watched films about adopted mouse Stuart Little and was even more cranky when his flatmate got back from work.

Harry, who was staying in to recover from an eardrum op, spent £30 on gadgets and diffusers to try to ease Helen’s mood.

The communications worker then paid £50 to see the vet as an emergency case.

Harry, of Salford, Gtr Manchester, said: “The vet said Helen just wanted a bit of space now I’m at home all day!

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“She said I’d changed Helen’s routine because she was used to me being out and about.

“She’s physically fine but clearly just got a bit sick of me!”

Harry hopes his office return will repair their relationship.

Vets say cats can get cystitis when upset and owners who spend more time at home should create safe hiding places their pets can escape to.

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“They get what’s called idiopathic cystitis which makes them wee around the house.

“It’s really common with anything that upsets a cat’s routine, for example if the owners move house, get new furniture, or have a party.

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How can i make my cat puke

Sometimes pets eat or drink things that are poisonous or toxic to their bodies, or could otherwise cause serious harm (e.g. intestinal blockage). It isn’t always obvious what to do when your dog or cat has been exposed to a potentially dangerous substance. This article will discuss what to do if your pet eats or drinks something he shouldn’t have, including what to expect at the veterinarian’s office.

Toxic Substances That Require a Vet Visit for Decontamination

Decontamination includes making the pet vomit (i.e. inducing vomiting) and/or giving medication to adsorb the toxin. Examples of substances that require decontamination include:

Heavy metals like zinc or lead

Poisonous plants: e.g lilies in cats, or sago palm in dogs

Artificial sweeteners: e.g. xylitol in dogs

Objects that may cause an intestinal blockage: e.g. corn cobs, hair ties, stuffed animals, clothing, or string

Medication: e.g. pain medications like ibuprofen

Poison: e.g. rat bait or antifreeze

Dangerous foods: e.g. garlic and chocolate

Decontamination Measures at the Veterinarian’s Office

With many toxic or dangerous substances, your veterinarian’s first objective will be to make your pet throw up as much of it as possible, assuming it is safe to do so. For dogs, medications that help induce vomiting include apomorphine or ropinorole. These medications usually work really well but can sometimes cause drowsiness. For cats, safe and effective medications to induce vomiting are less readily available. The best options are dexmedetomidine or xylazine, which tend to cause drowsiness as well. After getting the pet to vomit, veterinarians will sometimes also administer medication to adsorb some of the remaining toxin. The most common adsorptive agent is activated charcoal (which is not the same thing as charcoal used for grilling). Adsorption with activated charcoal essentially causes the toxin to attach to the charcoal so that the toxin can’t be absorbed by the body. It then passes through the intestines and is defected during a bowel movement, with minimal harm to the pet. Other decontamination measures include physical removal of a substance/object, typically via endoscope or surgery. After removing and/or adsorbing as much toxin as possible, the vet will treat the pet based on how the toxin will affect the body, such as with intravenous fluids and organ-protective medications.

When Vomiting Should Be Avoided

In some cases, having a pet vomit up certain substances is unnecessary or could cause more harm than good. Listed below are some situations when vomiting should not be induced:

If more than 4 hours has passed since the pet ate/drank something he shouldn’t have, vomiting may not help. Too much of the toxin could already have been absorbed into the body, or it may have already passed out of the stomach and into the intestines.

Sharp objects can potentially poke the esophagus on the way back out, causing more harm than trying to remove it from the stomach by other means (e.g. endoscope or surgery).

Caustic substances (e.g. acidic or alkaline toxins such as those in toilet bowl cleaners or dishwashing detergents) that can corrode the esophagus on the way back out are not typically something for which veterinarians will induce vomiting.

Hydrocarbons, such as gasoline or kerosene, can be very dangerous if they get into the lungs. Inducing vomiting carries the risk of these types of substances becoming inhaled during the process of throwing up, so inducing vomiting is not recommended.

Inducing vomiting is almost never performed in animals with an altered mental state. Wobbly, sleepy, or comatose animals may choke when made to vomit, increasing the risk of inhaling the toxin and either blocking airflow or causing issues within the lungs.

Can You Induce Vomiting at Home?

In general, few options are available to make a pet vomit at home. Hydrogen peroxide is sometimes recommended for dogs when immediate treatment is needed. Hydrogen peroxide works to induce vomiting by irritating the stomach lining. Unfortunately, this irritation can cause problems of its own, leading to severe inflammation of the stomach and esophagus. It is almost never recommended in cats because it can cause such severe inflammation that it will kill healthy stomach and esophageal tissue (known as necrosis). Other previously recommended options include salt and ipecac, neither of which are now considered safe for pets to receive. Depending on what your pet ate, you may be able to start some kind of treatment at home while waiting on a visit to the vet. For example, acidic substances can be somewhat neutralized by feeding milk. Feeding a small amount of dry bread can sometimes be helpful to help entangle a potential foreign body (e.g. string) or soak up a liquid toxin. It may also help produce more vomit when the veterinarian makes your pet throw up. If your pet eats something he shouldn’t have, call your vet and see what his or her recommendations are prior to giving anything at home. Animal Poison Control is another great resource to help you figure out the next best steps. Always remember that the sooner you seek help for your pet, the better his outcome is likely to be.

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Do not let your cat go more than two days without eating a meal.

When your cat doesn’t eat, you will notice a difference in their weight. React quickly and take your pet to the veterinarian to find out what is causing the problem.

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A cat eats its food based on the smell. If the cat cannot smell the food he will not eat it. It is important that your cat eats something by the end of two days otherwise your pet may be in danger. Therefore, never let your cat go more than two days without eating. There are ways to get your sick cat to eat.

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Step 1

Check with your veterinarian to make sure your cat is not eating due to an illness such as an upper respiratory infection and not something a little more serious. Be sure that it is okay to proceed with helping your pet eat.

Step 2

Purchase Science Diet AD can food. Take an eighth of the can and mix it with a teaspoon of water. If your cat continues to ignore eating, you will need to go to the next step.

Step 3

Get a small syringe. You will want to add more water to the canned AD food in order to squeeze it into the syringe. You do not want to make it too thick since it will be difficult to get it into your pet’s mouth and hard for him to eat.

Step 4

Use the syringe with the food inside of it and carefully open your cat’s mouth and very slowly squeeze some food from the syringe into your pet’s mouth. Let him taste, eat, and swallow before continuing. This can be a slow and time consuming process.

Step 5

Try something else: If your cat is not receiving the AD can food very well then try any canned cat food with a strong smell. Also try tuna cans. If you have given canned food on a daily basis already your cat should be used to the sound of the can opener and know that you are preparing something delicious for him. The smell from tuna cans may be strong enough to affect your cat’s sense of smell.

Step 6

Provide your cat with fried chicken when all else fails. This shouldn’t be something you do three times a day. Only use chicken once every other day to make sure they eat. Your cat will smell the chicken more than any other food. Therefore, when all else fails, use the chicken. Make sure it is warm. Do not give them the skin of the chicken and do not give them big chunks of meat since they could choke. Break the chicken meat up into little pieces and only give them a handful.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

How do I get my cat to stop throwing up after eating?

If your cat is throwing up because they are overeating, you may need to monitor and change how much food you’re giving them. You can buy a bowl that makes your cat work for their food and eat slower. You can also try giving your cat smaller portions more frequently through the day.

Can overfeeding a cat cause vomiting?

Causes of Cat Vomiting Just like humans, cats can overeat or have an upset stomach from eating the wrong thing, which results in the cat vomiting. However, a cat who throws up may have something more serious going on.

Why is my cat excessively eating?

Primary causes of polyphagia can be behavioral or psychogenic. Reduction of stress, associating food with pleasure, simply liking a particularly palatable food — all might initiate eating too much. Failure to regulate the appetite centers because of a brain disorder is less common, but also possible.

Why does my cat binge and purge?

Whenever a cat is vomiting, they should always be evaluated by a veterinarian. I affectionately refer to these cats that binge and then purge as “Scarf & Barf” kitties. I find that many of these cats are simply eating faster than their body can handle. They will gobble the food, often barely chewing.

When should I be concerned about my cat vomiting?

When Vomiting in Cats Is Cause for Concern Folger. He considers it serious if the vomiting occurs twice daily for two or three days. If your cat stops eating, seems to have stomach pain or retches continuously, or if the vomit is mixed with blood, take her to a veterinarian.

When should I take my cat to the vet for Vomiting?

Contact the vet right away if your pet shows any of the following symptoms in addition to vomiting:

  1. Loss of appetite.
  2. Extreme change in thirst.
  3. Change in frequency of urination.
  4. Blood in vomit or stool.
  5. More lethargy than usual.
  6. Diarrhea.
  7. Pale gums.
  8. Abdominal pain.

What can you give a cat for throwing up?

If your cat has an acute case of vomiting, this may involve a temporary change to an easily digestible diet, such as Royal Canin Gastrointestinal High Energy cat food, Hill’s ID cat food, or a bland human food such as meat-flavored baby food (with no onion or garlic powder added) or boiled chicken.

What to do after cat vomits?

What can I do if my cat is being sick?

  1. Remove food for two hours, but continue to provide water.
  2. After this time, try offering a teaspoon of their usual food or bland low-fat cooked food such as chicken or white fish.
  3. If they keep this down, offer small amounts every few hours for the.
  4. Then go back to your usual routine.

What will settle cats stomach?

It can be wise to feed a cat a combination of canned and dry food to provide additional moisture to meals. For more serious conditions, your vet may prescribe a highly digestible therapeutic food, such as Hill’s ® Prescription Diet ® cat food to help soothe and heal the gut.

Will cats stop eating when full?

Some animals can be free-fed and will stop eating when they are full, while others will gain weight with just the occasional table scrap.

Why does my cat eat like he’s starving?

Worms: Worms, or intestinal parasites, feed off what your cat eats and steal most of the nutrition from their food. This means that cats eat and still feel hungry, as they’re getting very little of their diet’s nutritional value. To compensate, cats will overeat to try and increase their low energy level.

How many times a day should I feed my cat?

“From age six months to maturity, most cats will do well when fed two times a day.” Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate in most cases. Senior cats, age seven and above, should maintain the same feeding regimen.

How do I know if my cat is overeating?

Symptoms of Increased Appetite in Cats

  1. Increased thirst.
  2. Frequent urination.
  3. Abnormal weight gain/loss.
  4. Obesity.
  5. Vomiting (fast eating can lead to throwing the food up immediately after)
  6. Diarrhea.
  7. Muscle atrophy (decreased muscle mass)
  8. Large, protruding stomach.

Do cats vomit out of spite?

There is a good chance that the cat is acting sick because of the stress caused by changes in its environment, new research suggests. Healthy cats were just as likely as chronically ill cats to refuse food, vomit frequently and leave waste outside their litter box in response to changes in their routine.

How do you treat a cat with pica?

What You Can Do

  1. Remove targeted items. The easiest solution may be simply to hide the clothes, plants, or other items your cat loves to chew on.
  2. Give your cat something else to chew.
  3. Play with your cat.
  4. Make appealing items unappealing.
  5. Get rid of dangerous plants.
  6. Talk to an animal behaviorist.

DS991346765 over a year ago

My Hope was acting very strange today. She is jumping all around the house and she was never been that “crazy” before.

After a while I saw that she is obviously in pain. You know what she is doing? She is coughing up something, but nothing comes out. I was reading a little bit about this and I realized that she probably has problems with hairball but that she can’t cough it up.

I am worried. Is this a big problem? Should I see my vet?

How to cure it? Any natural remedies that I can use?

rubylock346757 over a year ago

No need to panic about this. People usually think that cats cough their hairballs everyday, but that’s not quite true. They rarely do this because when they swallow hair, they usually pass into their litter box with no problems.

If your cat is really having trouble with a hairball, you can help her out by giving her a hairball remedy. It can be found at most of the pet stores. It is basically a laxative and lubricant which is going to help her move the hairball along through the intestines.

Since this can be dangerous, if the hairball is too big, I’d suggest that you pay your vet a visit.

Love-is-pet346786 over a year ago

Hey there you two 🙂

DS1911, this is very common thing for all cats. It is normal procedure and it can happen to every cat, especially cats with long hair.

My cat had hairball issue for a couple of times so I really do know a lot about it 🙂 There are several ways to cure hairballs in your cat.

But you can definitely treat her by giving your cat a specialized hairball formula cat food. There foods are high in fiber and they are designed to improve health of your cat’s coat.

Food plays huge role in it. You can heal your cat very easy.

Millie-Cat 346762 over a year ago

Hey there. First, you need to be sure that your cat has plenty of water to drink during the whole day. This will definitely aid in moving the hairball through your cat’s system. Also, you need to get something such as Vaseline and small very small fingertip amount of your cat’s paw. Vaseline won’t be harmful to your cat if she eats it, but it is going to help her move the hairballs through the system and out of it

You should repeat this procedure for three or four days until he passes it.

I know how hairball problem can be irritating. Good luck.

Dog Whisperer346764 over a year ago

Hello. Hairballs are normal, but if your cat can cough them up that can be a problem. A lot of it depends whether you are sure that the hairballs bothers your cat. I totally support idea to put Vaseline on your cat’s paw. Especially because it is safe and you don’t need a lot of it. Actually, I don’t see any other reason to do that. Sure, you can always do it with medications but better try something natural before you reach for some medications (read chemistry). Try with some good diet program or good diet product that are made for this issue. Good luck.

Mia346758 over a year ago

Wow, I never heard of this in my life! Does this make me a bad cat owner? :/

I really had no idea that my cat is swallowing her hair. How does this happen? :O Does she swallow it while licking herself or what?

And how she can swallow an entire hair ball?

I think that if I ever see my cat coughing up her hair I’m going to freak out. Most definitely. :/

I would took her to the vet if I were you. Let him tell you what to do and suggest the best way to deal with it.

Mima346755 over a year ago

No @ Mia , that doesn’t make you a bad cat owner, don’t worry. 🙂

I have three cats and I had no idea what hairballs were until recently. And everyone considers me a cat lady with no other interests besides my cats. 🙂 So don’t worry.

Hairballs re usually digested easily and there are some brands of food that help our cats to digest them better.

And if the food doesn’t help , you should check with your vet, just in case, cause you may not be dealing with a hairball after all. It could be something even more serious.

Mia346758 over a year ago

It is good to know that. Thank you. 🙂 I am chatting with my friends on facebook, right now. It’s a group chat, there are five of us included. Two of us have both cats and dogs and the other three have cats only.

I mentioned cats coughing hairballs and guess what, I’m not the only one who is new with this. 🙂

Their cats never have problems like this (and neither does mine) and only one of them heard about that food that you are mentioning. So I guess this is not such a common problem after all.

Hope you solved it @DS991.

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Buy the tube of hairball remedy from the store. Laxatone or another one. They recommend 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. (squirts out as approx 2 inch ribbon to apply to cats pasw) once per day for 3 days. Not more, BECAUSE they petroleum will interfer with absorption of nutrients since it’s purpose is to lubricate and pass the stool.

After that it’s maintenance can be done every 4th day. It provides you can try adding a pinch of psyllium husk (natural) fibre to cats food to help keep them regular.

Encouraging them to drink water by trying different bowls (some like deep, some shallow, ceramic vs. metal, fountaind or running/moving water vs. still AND having a few drinking bowls around with fresh water CHANGED DAILY. Also try praising or rewarding them AFTER you see them drink water.

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How do you keep a feral cat warm in the winter?

Cut out a doorway and line a large plastic container with styrofoam. Cats can be protected from the cold weather with an instant shelter. Adding a layer of straw between the container and styrofoam will provide additional insulation and warmth. If you don’t have a container, you can make one by cutting a piece of cardboard to the size of your cat’s body.

The cardboard will act as a barrier between you and the outside world. You can also make a cardboard box out of a sheet of plywood. This is a great way to store food and water for your cats, as well as provide a place for them to hide when they’re not in use.

How cold is too cold for stray cats?

As a general rule, vets advise against allowing your cat to stay outdoors without a warm place to retreat when the average daily temperature is lower than 45°F. That is an average, not a one-time. If you’re not sure, ask your vet. He or she will be able to tell you what’s normal and what isn’t.

How cold is too cold for cats?

Anything 45 degrees and below is too cold for outdoor cats, so be sure to bring in your feline friend to prevent frostbite on their ears, paws, and feet.

If you’re planning on bringing your cat indoors, make sure they have access to fresh air and fresh food, as well as plenty of space to run around and play.

Make sure your indoor cat doesn’t have to spend a lot of time in a confined space, such as a cage or kennel.

How do you make an outdoor cat warm box?

Those can be turned into a feral cat winter shelter by cutting an entry/exit on a side wall. Fill it with some straw so kitties can warm it with their body heat. Make sure that the outside of your winter cat shelter is insulated so that the kitty doesn’t freeze to death.

What is a Mylar blanket for cats?

Mylar is a thin polyester material that traps body heat and reflects it back to its source. In winter survival kits, wrapping a Mylar blanket around yourself can keep you warm and dry. Mylar is also used in medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. It’s also a popular material for clothing because it’s lightweight, breathable, and easy to work with.

Do outdoor cat houses need two doors?

According to many opinions, cat houses should have two doors so that a cat has a way to escape from predators. The second door can make cats feel more secure by giving them a way to escape from other cats and other animals. Cat houses can be built in a variety of styles and sizes.

They can also be made out of wood, metal, or plastic. Some cat house designs are designed to be used indoors, while others are used outdoors. Cat houses are also available in different colors and designs.

What do outdoor cats like to sleep in?

Cats can sleep beneath trees and shrubs in gardens, which is a great place to take a nap. Food, shelter, and hiding place are offered by most gardens to keep your cat safe.

How can I keep my outdoor cat warm?

Insulate the shelter with straw, not hay. Mylar blankets that are cut to size can help cats keep warm. It’s a bad idea to use conventional fabric blankets or towels because they can make the interior cold. If you have a cat in your home, make sure it has access to food and water. If your cat is sick or injured, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Where do feral cats sleep at night?

Wild cats in the neighbourhood must make do with what is available because your pet cat most likely has many resting areas at your house. Cats can be seen resting in vacant lots, abandoned cats, crawl spaces, and even the backyards of houses. If you see a wild cat in your neighbourhood, do not approach it. Instead, call your local animal control agency to report the cat to them.

Cat owners are not unfamiliar with the unpleasant sound of their cat regurgitating their lunch. Whether because of a hairball or the occasional upset stomach, cats tend to vomit every once in a while. However, these aren’t the only reasons your cat might be heaving and gagging. Vomiting in cats can be caused by a wide range of underlying problems—some more concerning than others.

Common causes of vomiting in cats

Cats might vomit for any number of reasons. Some are easy to detect, while others will require a professional diagnosis. Here are some of the most common:

  1. Hairball: One of the reasons cats vomit is likely the most familiar to their owners: hairballs. Cats can’t digest the hair they inevitably swallow during their fastidious daily groomings. Although most hair passes through the digestive tract and exits in stool, some hair clumps get too big in the stomach and must be regurgitated up the esophagus. Hairballs typically look different from most vomit, since they’ll largely be composed of clumps of fur.
  2. Ate too fast: When they get super hungry, some kitties just can’t control themselves and will eat as fast as they can! Unfortunately, with all that food hitting their empty stomach, your cat might begin to feel sick shortly after finishing their meal. When cats cough up intact food and fluids, it’s called regurgitation. Occasional regurgitation usually isn’t an issue, but it shouldn’t happen every time your cat eats.
  3. Foreign object: Some cats are too curious for their own good and might eat non-food items that irritate their stomach. In these cases, the body forces the cat to vomit to protect them. This often happens when cats eat grass from the backyard.
  4. Intestinal blockages: Foreign objects, hairballs or even tumors can lead to blockages in the colon. With food and waste unable to pass by these intestinal blockages, your cat might try to expel the contents of their stomach by vomiting. Other symptoms include constipation, vocalizing in the litter box and abdominal distention or pain. This condition can be extremely serious and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  5. Poisoning: If your cat ingested a toxic substance, it’s likely that they’ll vomit repeatedly. Lots of things are toxic to cats, from household plants to human foods to cleaning chemicals. Toxic poisoning is extremely serious and will need to be treated by a vet.
  6. Hunger: Sometimes, cats can get so hungry they literally make themselves sick. If your cat hasn’t eaten all day, bile can irritate the empty stomach and cause vomiting. If your cat is vomiting bile, you won’t see food—you’ll likely just see a clear or yellowish liquid accompanied by a foamy substance.
  7. Food allergies: If your cat is allergic to an ingredient in their food, they may experience digestive symptoms as a result of food allergies. While some cats’ food allergies manifest as itchiness of the skin, others may experience chronic vomiting and diarrhea after eating. The vomiting may continue to occur until the food is changed.
  8. Major diseases: Vomiting is also a general sign of illness for a large number of diseases, including liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and cancer. In these cases, vomiting will usually be accompanied by other symptoms of illness.

When should vomiting be a concern?

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Because vomiting can occur alongside so many different health problems, it can be difficult for a pet parent to know when to be concerned. Vomiting is never “normal” for cats, but it does happen on occasion without any major consequences.

If your kitty vomits once or twice within one or two days but otherwise seems healthy and happy, it’s probably nothing to worry about. Keep an eye on them for any signs of illness and withhold food and water for a little while until they feel better.

If your cat has vomited multiple times, particularly over the course of multiple days, there’s probably something more serious going on. This is also the case if they vomit every single time they eat, they begin to vomit blood or they show other signs of illness. If you notice any of these issues, call your vet as soon as possible.

If your cat has begun to vomit, pay close attention to the situation. Did they just eat? Did they eat something they aren’t supposed to? How frequently is this happening? What color and texture is it?

Taking note of all of these things can help you and your vet figure out what’s wrong if the vomiting does continue. With your observations, along with some tests, your vet should be able to deduce the issue and help your cat get the treatment they need.

Many cats are known to vomit up their dry food after eating. If you’ve ever wondered why your cat throws up dry food but not wet food, there are several possible reasons.

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The cause of the vomiting may seem like a mystery at first, but there are several reasons why this behavior happens, and it’s actually much more common than you may think. Observe your cat’s actions during and after eating to narrow the cause down.

Regurgitating their food

Cats who eat only dry food oftentimes regurgitate the food almost as soon as they finish eating. Once the dry food mixes with the contents of their stomach, it expands and causes discomfort.

Something as innocuous as the shape of the dry food could cause regurgitation. Try different shapes of dry food to see if kitty can keep pellet-shaped food down versus star-shaped or square pieces of kitty kibble.

Eating too fast

Eating a meal too quickly makes some cats vomit the food back up. By not chewing the food well enough, the cat increases its chances of throwing up. To slow down eating, keep pet siblings (both cats and dogs) separated if someone seems to be eating too fast because of stress or pressure exerted by household competition.

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Coughing up hairballs

Longer-haired cats may throw up their food because there is an excessive amount of hair in their stomachs from licking while grooming themselves. This excess hair may not be exclusive to longhaired cats, but it is more likely to happen to them than to their shorter-haired feline companions.

To reduce the chances of hairball creation, brush your cat regularly to get rid of loose hair. There are also special foods made for hairball-prone cats.

Reduce stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety may make your cat become ill after eating. There may be a change in the cat’s diet or the home environment that causes stress. Have you added a new pet or human family member to the household? Or maybe someone is gone, or you moved to a new home?

Perhaps a neighborhood kitty is on the prowl outdoors and your cat could be stressed for territorial reasons. Look for other signs of stress such as hair loss, hiding in isolation or strange places, or meowing loudly.

Check for allergies or illness

Your cat may be allergic to an ingredient within the dry food. Believe it or not, cats can be allergic to beef, chicken, fish, or dairy. They could have a somewhat milder food intolerance, rather than a full allergy. Cats can also be allergic to corn or other grains. The good news is, there are special foods made for kitties with sensitive stomachs.

Other, more serious reasons for a cat vomiting after eating dry food include having a senior pet, parasitic infestation, stomach ulcers, or diabetes.

It’s important to get veterinary help if vomiting becomes chronic or more serious. Always check with a professional veterinarian to figure out the best course of action for your feline friend.

By: Dr. Sandra Mitchell Updated: November 3, 2020

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Why Is My Cat Throwing Up Clear Liquid?

*SPLAT* Ugh. There it is again. You step out of bed and right into it—another puddle of clear kitty puke. And always on the carpet, too. Why can’t she vomit on the easy-to-clean linoleum?

After you clean up the mess and sit down to your morning coffee, you start to wonder: Is it normal for cats to vomit this often? It seems like I’m forever finding piles around the house lately. What causes this? Should I be concerned? Do we need to see the vet?

After mulling it over a bit, you decide to call and make an appointment for Ms. Midnight to be examined, just to be on the safe side. At the appointment, the veterinary nurse asks a large number of questions about the episodes: How often does it happen? What comes up? Does it look fluidy, or solid like a tube? Do you notice any patterns to the episodes? What is Ms. Midnight eating? How is her appetite? What do her stools look like? Have you noticed anything else that seems different, or not right lately?

You get the feeling that your veterinary office sees a lot of vomiting cats. Well, the reality is, they do. Vomiting cats are quite commonly presented to the veterinary hospital for examination. Sometimes the answer to the problem is quite simple and obvious, but other times, much more detective work is required to obtain a diagnosis.

What Causes Cats To Vomit Clear Liquid?

Clear liquid vomit is a sign that the cat is bringing up fluid from the digestive tract, which is often stomach juice. Occasionally, if the kitty is vomiting right after drinking a large amount of water, she will also vomit clear liquid—namely, the water they just drank. Most of the time, however, what we are seeing when we look at that sticky puddle of clear liquid on the paper towel is stomach fluid mixed with some mucus from the esophagus (the “tube” which connects the mouth to the stomach). There are many causes of vomiting in cats, and many—if not most of them—can result in puddles of clear liquid. Some of the most common include:

  • Parasites
  • Indigestion with nausea (sometimes kitty overate or the last meal just didn’t sit well!)
  • Hairball passing through the digestive tract irritated it and triggered some vomiting (with or without a hairball in that clear liquid)

Sometimes, however, the causes can be more serious:

  • An obstruction of foreign material in the intestinal tract
  • Metabolic problems (such as thyroid or kidney disease)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer

When To See A Vet?

So, when should we start to worry about our vomiting kitties? Did Ms. Midnight really need to go to the vet?

As a rule, a cat that vomits more than once or twice per week or is showing any additional symptoms (especially weight loss, diarrhea, excessive thirst, lethargy, pacing, nausea, drooling) probably should be seen right away. Likewise, if the vomiting persists more than a few weeks, even without any additional problems, it is time for a checkup. If your kitty is vomiting each time she eats or drinks, this may be an emergency and should be addressed immediately.

If you feel the cat may have eaten something like string, part of a toy or other foreign object, this may also be an emergency.

Kitties that aren’t feeling well clearly should be seen sooner rather than later–and you should also check the puddles of vomit for any tinge of color. Red tinges may indicate that there is some blood in the vomit, and green can come from lower in the intestinal tract and may indicate a slightly more serious problem. It is much better to catch and address a problem early, rather than leaving it to worsen.

What Can Be Done To Diagnose The Problem?

Often, testing is required to establish how serious the problem is. Additional signs, such as weight loss (even if minimal) or diarrhea are very important to note, so be sure to provide your veterinarian a complete history, even if it doesn’t seem to be totally relevant to the problem at hand.

Your veterinarian will perform a thorough exam—palpating the intestinal tract, thyroid gland and kidneys—all of which could be involved in vomiting.

Blood pressure, weight checks and a fecal examination are also an important part of this initial screening.

If there are additional symptoms, the vomiting is severe or persistent, or your veterinarian finds additional concerns on physical examination, additional testing such as x-rays and bloodwork will likely also be recommended.

This spreads the examination out to include organ functioning (liver and kidneys) as well as the endocrine system (thyroid).

For more severe cases, or those not answered through routine screening, your veterinarian will likely recommend specific gastrointestinal function tests to look at digestive absorption and pancreatic levels. In addition to these specialized tests, and abdominal ultrasound can be immensely useful to actually visualize the organ systems and to help pinpoint the underlying problem.

Once a diagnosis is reached, it is much more straightforward to tailor a treatment plan customized for the patient at hand.

Ms. Midnight’s Happy Ending

As to Ms. Midnight? You did the right thing. After an exam, it was determined that she had lost almost half a pound since her last visit 6 months ago. She also had high blood pressure. The veterinarian did some bloodwork, and determined that she had an overactive thyroid. She was started on some medication for this, and almost immediately the vomiting completely resolved!

A potentially fatal disease if left untreated was caught early and treated appropriately thanks to a few splats on the rug. Our cats really do speak to us and tell us their problems, it might just not always be in ways that we actually appreciate!

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We love our cats and we want them to live long and healthy lives. To do this, we need to know when our cat isn’t feeling well. The biggest challenge faced by devoted cat parents is this: cats are terrible at telling us when they don’t feel well. Cats hide everything. Remember, cats are predators, but they are also small prey and have evolved to hide any sign of weakness (showing weakness in the wild means they become someone else’s lunch). Because of this, our cats are sneaky and often show us only very subtle signs that mean they might not be feeling as well as they should be. So, how can you tell if your cat may be sick?

Here are 20 signs that your cat may be sick.

What should I do if I see any of these signs that my cat may be sick?

If you see any of these subtle signs that your cat may be sick or are concerned about other behaviors you are seeing, it’s time to take action and bring your cat to a feline veterinarian . Exhibiting one or more of these signs may not mean your cat is seriously ill, but any one of these signs is an indication that the situation needs to be explored more fully, to rule out any illness.

What happens when I bring my cat for an evaluation?

Generally, your feline veterinarian will want to do a physical examination and some baseline health screening laboratory testing, because we can’t know what we can’t see . Once the diagnostic values are returned, your feline veterinarian is able to use his or her expertise in cat medicine to analyze the lab results based on your cat’s previous values (if available), the diet, the physical exam, and your observations. All these factors help your feline veterinarian determine what might be going on with your cat.

Don’t wait to have your cat seen! By the time a cat shows clear outward signs of illness, the illness is often severe; so severe that they can’t hide it anymore. Early intervention, when indicated, is always the most beneficial health-wise and also the most cost-effective way to care for your cat.

If your pet ingests something potentially toxic, usually one of the quickest ways to help them is to induce vomiting. Many pet parents will take matters into their own hands here, and after searching the internet for resources, will attempt to induce vomit at home. When we suspect that our furry friends are in danger, it makes sense to want to act quickly, but, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) warns pet parents that trying to induce vomiting in your pet at home can be dangerous. There are many myths and a large amount of misinformation available to pet parents on the internet, and APCC wants to make sure you have the facts you need.

Dangerous At-Home Remedies

There are various household items and methods that APCC has seen pet parents try, but many of these should not be used and can potentially cause our furry friends more harm than good.

  • Salt is a common ingredient people may turn to when attempting to induce vomit. However, ingestion of large amounts of salt can lead to dangerously high salt levels in your pet’s blood. This can cause your pet to walk unsteadily, develop tremors, seizures or even go into a coma. If these signs go untreated, excessive salt consumption can be life-threatening to pets.
  • Gagging pets, or sticking a finger or an object down their throats will not make them vomit because pets don’t have the same gag reflex as humans do. This method could actually cause trauma to the pet’s throat or could lead to the pet biting someone out of discomfort or fear.
  • Olive oil is also problematic for pets. If olive oil is given to pets, it can lead to greasy stools and pancreatitis. Even if they do end up vomiting after consuming the oil, it can lead to further complications (such as pneumonia) because the oil can be inhaled back into your pet’s lungs.
  • It’s true that Ipecac can make pets vomit, however it is very unsafe and can lead to much more serious problems. Symptoms following Ipecac ingestion can include drooling, difficulty breathing, a drop in heart rate, abnormal heart rhythm and a potentially deadly heart condition.

Other common kitchen items and ingredients that are commonly thought to effectively induce vomit in pets include mustard, toast, water and milk. Although your pet might enjoy eating some of these, they unfortunately do not work when attempting to make your pet vomit.

So What’s the Safest Method?

The best thing you can do after a toxin ingestion concerning your pet is to immediately contact your veterinarian or APCC at (888) 426-4435. The only method that can be used to safely get a dog to vomit at home is by using hydrogen peroxide. But even when using peroxide, it needs to be done under the guidance of a veterinary professional because too much peroxide can be problematic. Contacting your local vet or APCC and explaining the type of toxin, the amount ingested and any other relatable information should always be your first step. That way, they can then advise you on whether or not you should bring your pet in, or if they think you can/should induce vomiting at home. Additionally, hydrogen peroxide should not be given to cats. It is too irritating to felines and can cause problems with their stomachs and esophagus. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be given at home to safely get a cat to vomit.

If you believe your pet has ingested something potentially toxic or seems to be having an adverse reaction to something, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435 for assistance.

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There are many reasons a cat may throw up, and not all of them mean there is any kind of serious problem. However, if a cat starts vomiting frequently, either several times in one day or over a period of days, your cat may have a health issue that needs treatment from a veterinarian.

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Types of Frequent Vomiting

There are two main types of frequent vomiting that can appear in cats. Persistent vomiting covers those episodes where your cat may throw up again and again, even once his stomach is empty, until all he is throwing up is a clear, sometimes frothy liquid. Sporadic vomiting includes those times when your cat may throw up at least once a day, every day, for up to several weeks. While persistent vomiting can be caused by non-life-threatening problems such as hairballs, sporadic vomiting is usually a sign of a more serious health issue.

Non-Life-Threatening Causes of Vomiting

How can i make my cat puke

Problems with eating are the most frequent reason a cat will start throwing up. If your cat eats its food too quickly it may eject it several moments or minutes later. This usually will look like undigested cat food, as it hasn’t had time to settle in the stomach yet. If you change your cat’s food suddenly or she has developed an intolerance to it, she may also start throwing it up. Eating grass, plants or foreign objects can lead to similar results. In most cases, this is not a serious issue, as the cat will stop vomiting once the food or foreign object has been expelled. Hairballs are also usually a nonserious reason a cat will vomit. While most hairballs include just quantities of hair, some may also include partially digested food and stomach fluids.

Vomiting Caused by Parasites

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An infestation of worms can lead to vomiting in cats, and can even lead to their throwing up worms as well as food. Intestinal parasites can cause several health problems in cats, including digestive problems, and may pose a serious risk in kittens or older cats. If they are causing a serious enough health problem, they can lead to sporadic vomiting.

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After surgery, illness or another difficult event, you may find your cat is below their ideal weight. Getting them back up to a lean, healthy weight is important for their wellbeing and for the vital functioning of their organs—and it requires the right mix of diet and feeding routines to do so.

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Looking after your cat’s digestion during weight gain

If your cat has lost weight through illness, it’s essential you don’t overwhelm their digestive system during weight gain. A cat’s digestion is more sensitive than a human’s, and unable to cope with a varied diet—these lead to stomach upset and even further weight loss.

It’s also important to get the right balance of nutrients in a weight-gain diet so their system doesn’t become aggravated. For example, while energy-dense fat can help your cat gain weight, it can also cause diarrhea. Similarly, protein—needed for cell growth—should be high quality and highly digestible to reduce the workload on their system.

Your cat’s diet during weight-gain

To help your cat gain weight, it’s not a good idea to just give them more of their current food. Their system may not be able to cope with large portions, and their appetite is likely to be low so they may not eat it at all. Extra portions of food also may not provide the specific nutrient balance your cat needs to gain weight or recover after sickness. For example, they may benefit instead from a specific diet with added prebiotics to help rebalance their gastric microflora and strengthen their digestive health.

Your cat’s weight-gain food should have a high energy density. This allows your cat to eat less but still get everything they need from their diet. It should also be highly palatable to stimulate their appetite, and easy to eat; correctly sized kibble or softer textured food can encourage your cat to eat their food.

How to feed a cat to help them gain weight

It’s important your cat feels stress-free and comfortable during mealtime so it starts to eat regularly and gain weight. Some of the ways you can do that include:

Splitting their daily portion into smaller meals you put down regularly

Heating up their food to release the aromas and encourage their appetite

Avoiding watching your cat eating, as they can find this stressful

Considering what they like to eat from (like a favorite bowl) and making it easily accessible

Separating their food, litter, drinking and playing areas to mimic what they would do in the wild

Talking to your veterinarian about appetite-stimulating drugs for your cat

Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on the best ways to make sure your cat gains the right amount of weight and maintains a healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you book an appointment with them if you’re unsure of the best course of action.

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Cat Hairballs. Ugh. I don’t appreciate mornings when I wake up and get out of bed only to step on something soft, squishy, and wet. Yes, even as a cats-only veterinarian for over 20 years, my cats do have episodes of feline vomiting, and the sight of a cat hair ball or fur ball still is an unpleasant one.

Cat lovers everywhere know that awful feeling of accidentally stepping on our cats hairballs. We all know that scary sight of cat vomit on our rugs. Sometimes our hearts skip a beat thinking that one of our feline friends used the rug as a litter box.

Cat owners have often brought their cats in to see me and told me the diagnosis before I even had a chance to hear the history or examine the cat. “It’s hairballs, Doc, I’m sure it is.”

While this can indeed be the case, cats that cough or vomit can certainly suffer from a number of other cat illnesses, such as hyperthyroidism in cats, cat diabetes, feline kidney disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. The unfortunate fact is that a cat with a hairball and a cat with asthma and a cat with just about anything that can cause a cough or gagging in a cat all look the same when they assume that crouched over position and start heaving/wheezing/coughing. You know the one I mean.

How can i make my cat puke

Only with a good physical exam by your veterinarian and sometimes x-rays, can you find out for sure which problem is affecting your cat. So don’t just automatically assume every cough or gag is due to hairballs.
On the other end of the spectrum are the owners that refuse to believe me when I tell them their cat’s problem is most likely cat hairballs. They tell me, “Doc, there is never hair in the vomit and he never throws up a hairball, so it can’t be hairballs that are the source of the problem.

However, that is not true. There can be hair in your cat’s GI tract that is irritating and causing vomiting even though it is not coming up. There can also be large hairballs in the stomach that are too large to come back up.

However, feline hairballs are quite often the culprit behind these feline illness symptoms.

Fortunately, there are solutions!

What are Cat Hairballs?

Cats hairballs are basically clumps of moist, undigested cat fur, mixed with digestive fluids and bile, that usually show up on the floor in your house in somewhat of a cylindrical shape, almost like a cigar. These are usually elongated and slender due to the way the moistened hair passes up through the narrow esophagus, and can be anywhere from an inch to a few or even several inches long.

Most times, if you look closely at a cat hairball, you could actually see individual, interwoven hairs that make up the ball of fur. But doing so kind of takes you back to the days of biology class and dissecting owl pellets, so I would understand not wanting to look that closely.

Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

Cats get hairballs because of their self-grooming habits, and specifically, because of the way their tongues are designed. To learn more, please read The Cat Tongue: The Amazing, Barbed, Self-Grooming Tool.

Signs of Hairballs in Cats

If you have ever seen a cat trying to bring up a hairball, you know how alarming the sight can be. Your cat will retch and gag and hack, often looking like he is choking. Between the awful sounds and the posture your cat assumes, it’s hard to believe that most cat hairballs are harmless.

The truth is that your cat with hairballs is very uncomfortable, and could, if not properly treated, develop problems with vomiting or constipation or, even worse, an intestinal obstruction that requires surgery for hairballs that are too large to pass through stool or vomit.

Are Cat Hairballs Your Cat’s Problem?

Chances are, what you really want to know is why cats get hairballs, and most importantly, the steps for preventing hairballs in cats

For all that, and much more, please see the article I wrote for The Cat Fancier’s Association newsletter.

You’ll learn exactly how you can decrease or even eliminate hairballs in your cat!

Can You Get a Rash or Staph From Cats or Fecal Matter?

The nasty smell coming from a wet basement and the rancid odor of long-expired milk are both the result of mold growth. While these fungi are key components of many natural ecosystems, some types pose a serious health risk for animals. Keep your kitty away from moldy food and environments.

Toxic Black Mold

Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is a dangerous mold. This fungus grows in dark, moist areas of the home and is particularly common in humid climates. Recently flooded houses are known to harbor unseen black mold growth inside walls and floors, according to RTK Environmental Group. Inhaling black mold spores leads to life-threatening breathing and heart problems in humans. Cats exposed to the spores may suffer from pulmonary hemorrhage, a deadly condition characterized by heavy bleeding in the animal’s lungs. Take your kitty to the vet immediately if your kitty’s coughs produce blood.


Toxic black mold isn’t the only fungus that can infect your cat. A group of molds from the genus Aspergillus are also potential parasites that thrive inside your pet’s body if given the opportunity. Your kitty can become ill after inhaling floating spores released by mold colonies. Aspergillus occurs both inside the home and in outdoor environments. It can also contaminate food, so keep your cat away from trash containing spoiled meat, vegetables and dairy. Healthy adult cats are rarely infected by the fungus, but kittens and cats with chronic immune conditions have a much higher risk of getting sick after exposure to spores, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. Runny nasal discharge, bodily weakness and labored breathing are all signs that Aspergillus has infiltrated your kitty’s lungs and sinuses.


Sneezing, runny eyes and other symptoms of allergies are no fun for your cat, and it’s very possible that mold is the reason he’s not feeling great. Mold is one of several common environmental allergens. Exposure to mold spores causes lingering symptoms in allergic kitties, but some cats are particularly susceptible and may have a severe reaction in a matter of seconds. Move your cat to a clean and dry room until you take her to the vet for a checkup. Take her in immediately if she’s breathing heavily or has trouble standing up. If the vet rules out viral infections and other common allergens, he may identify mold as the cause of your kitty’s discomfort. Have your home tested for mold and contact a professional to have the affected material cleaned or replaced.


Mold certainly makes food smell and taste bad, but it can can also turn it into a deadly poison. Some molds release chemicals called mycotoxins, which don’t mesh well with your pet’s stomach. While cats instinctively avoid spoiled food, they may willingly consume desirable substance like cheese or sour cream even if it’s moldy, according to the SPCA. If your kitty starts having muscle spasms or body tremors, take him to the vet or animal hospital as soon as possible. Convulsions and other life-threatening symptoms can develop as the mycotoxins poison your cat’s body.

Nontoxic Molds

While mold growth in your home isn’t a good thing, don’t start evacuating after finding a few spots behind the fridge. Only a handful of mold species are toxic to people and pets, so serious health problems from mold exposure are pretty rare in cats. Most of the more than 100,000 types of mold aren’t particularly dangerous, according to the National Association of Realtors. Clean small patches of mold with soap or detergent, and keep your eye on your kitty for signs of allergies or illness. Some companies offer air quality testing services to identify hazardous mold spores and other toxins in your home.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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You’re relaxing on the couch when you hear that familiar retching noise: “Huk, huk, huk…” Part of you hopes that whatever Cleo is bringing up will land on the tile floor rather than the rug, but you also feel that niggling worry; is she okay? Most people who live with cats have some experience with cleaning up vomit, but what when is there cause for concern? And if Cleo has to see the veterinarian, what sort of information would be helpful to have, and what testing may be performed?

Should My Vomiting Cat Go to the Veterinarian?

Your cat may vomit once or twice but then seem just fine, with normal behavior, energy, and appetite. The vomiting may be self-limiting and respond to home treatment (see box below). However, prolonged vomiting may lead to dehydration or indicate a more serious problem. The following are reasons to call your veterinarian right away:

  • The vomit is bloody or accompanied by loss of appetite, lethargy, or diarrhea.
  • Vomiting persists for over 24 hours.
  • Vomiting is chronic, meaning that it continues off and on for more than 1-2 weeks.
  • Your cat is vomiting persistently and is either very young, very old, or in otherwise frail health.

If you have any doubt, call your veterinarian right away because vomiting can be a sign of serious illness.

Causes of Vomiting in Cats

There are many causes of vomiting in cats, and this article is meant as a brief survey of these. The following are some of the more common ones.

  • A common cause of vomiting in cats is hairballs, which occur when a cat has built up excess fur in the digestive system. The cat may have a few bouts of unproductive retching but eventually vomits up a tubular wad of hair. Once expelled, the cat feels better and resumes his or her normal behavior. Hairballs can often be minimized by brushing your cat daily, and by giving various foods or hairball remedies. Consult your veterinarian for the best advice.
  • Sometimes vomiting results from a kitty eating too quickly. The food will come back up, un-chewed and undigested, soon after the meal. Consult your veterinarian for advice on addressing this common misbehavior.
  • Rapid diet changes can lead to vomiting in cats; food changes should be done gradually over a period of five to seven days. People food used as treats can also cause tummy upset in cats. Stick to lean, cooked meats or fish devoid of spices or sauces when sharing your food with your cat. And be sure to look over this list so you know what to avoid entirely: “Foods Toxic to Cats.”
  • Food allergies or IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) can lead to vomiting. In this case, the vomiting is chronic and may be accompanied by diarrhea, flatulence, and weight loss.

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Home Care for Vomiting in Cats

If your cat has only vomited once or twice and is acting otherwise fine, it make sense to try some symptomatic home care.

  • Remove all food and water for 3-4 hours.
  • If no vomiting occurs, offer small amounts of water.
  • If this stays down, after 1-2 hours, offer a very small amount of bland food such as Hill’s i/d, low-fat deli turkey, or chicken, turkey or beef baby food (be sure there are no onions or garlic added to it).
  • If this stays down, feed small amounts frequently over the next 24 hours.
  • Thereafter, reintroduce normal diet and feeding schedule.
  • If the cause of vomiting is apparent (e.g. eating plants, a new food), eliminate it.
  • Never give any medications (e.g. Pepto Bismol, Laxatives, or pain remedies) to your vomiting cat unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian. This could be hazardous or even fatal.

If vomiting persists despite these measures, consult your veterinarian.

The most important item (besides your cat) to bring to the veterinarian is a thorough history. Your veterinarian will want to know the following: how long has the vomiting been going on, how frequent is it, does the vomit consist of food, clear liquid, bile, or blood, have there been any recent diet changes, are there other signs of illness, and how is your cat’s appetite and attitude? Is it possible your cat ate anything (string, rubber bands, ribbon, plants) or got into something (household chemicals, antifreeze, the trash) that she shouldn’t have? There are so many causes of vomiting that a thorough history is essential to help your veterinarian narrow down the search.

A complete physical examination is the next step. Sometimes the history and examination yield enough information that a treatment plan can be made. Other times, your veterinarian may need to gather more information by running some tests. These may include:

  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Surgical biopsy

Treatment depends on diagnostic findings and severity of signs. Cats that are bright, alert, and have normal physical findings can often be treated on an outpatient basis with subcutaneous fluids and injectable medications. Those presenting with fever, abdominal pain, or with abnormal test results may need hospitalization and further intervention.

“Yerk!” Phew- it was only a hairball this time, and Cleo managed to make it to the kitchen. From now on Cleo will get her hairball medicine.

Is Coconut Okay For Cats

First, just because you share a piece of coconut cream pie with your cat doesn’t mean that it is the same thing as sharing plain shredded coconut shavings. You should always share coconut with your cat. Added sugars can cause harm to them. Experts agree that coconut is safe for cats and can be given to them as a snack if they like it. You can give your cat some coconut occasionally, provided that you don’t worry about the possibility of diarrhea.

Pets should not be exposed to small amounts of coconut or coconut-based products. The oil in fresh coconut milk and flesh can lead to diarrhea and loose stool. Pets should also avoid coconut water due to its high potassium content. Your cat can eat any natural, raw, unprocessed coconut. Your feline friend is safe and healthy without any sugars or other added ingredients.

Coconut shavings are far safer than giving your cat the whole fruit. Cats are not at risk from small amounts of coconut. Keep in mind, however, that oils found within fresh coconut flesh and milk can cause upset stomachs, diarrhea and loose stool. Coconut oil is versatile and powerful. Even cats love the strong flavor and aroma of coconut oil.

It’s not just a treat for cats. Coconut oil is a favorite of many cats. If your cat isn’t a fan of oily food, it can be mixed with their wet food. You can add coconut milk to your homemade cat treats. You can also add a small amount of coconut oil to homemade baked cat treats.

Mix coconut oil with baked treats or wet cat food to make it slightly warmer. This strengthens the scent of coconut oil. This allows cats to eat coconut oil more. Dry Cat Food Vs Wet Cat Food Food is my passion. For our wedding, I am also on a strict diet.

Shredded coconut was my last attempt at sweets, a couple nights back. Of course the kittens wanted to know what I had and that made me wonder if cats can have coconut. Is coconut safe for cats? Is coconut safe for cats? My feline friend is able to see and smell what you eat, so they can be as well. This feline delight is nothing but flaky. Coconut is a favorite of some cats, I know this.

The texture is a favorite. They are crunchy and soft. Coconut water is safe for dogs and cats. It also has many potential health benefits. Coconut water is a good source of electrolytes and fluids due to its high levels of vitamins and minerals.

Coconut water is delicious for both dogs and cats. When consumed in small quantities, coconut and other coconut-based products are unlikely to cause any significant damage to pets. Coconut milk and fresh coconut flesh can cause stomach upset, diarrhoea, loose stool, and nausea. We recommend you be cautious when feeding fresh coconut flesh and milk to cats. However, coconuts are safe for cats.

Hepatic lipidosis is a state where high levels of fat can lead to liver damage. You need to limit the amount coconut you give your cat. Hepatic lipidosis is when your cat has too many fat cells. Your cat’s life could be at risk from hepatic lipidosis. Hyperlipidemia, also known as pancreatitis for cats due to the high fat content of coconuts, can be caused by this.

Is it not surprising that pancreaticitis can also affect cats? It’s true, pancreatitis can also affect cats, so limit how much coconut you give your cat. Don’t give into to her cute eyes or adorable whine while you eat your coconut pie. Moderation is the key. Coconut oil is safe for cats. However, it may cause side effects if used improperly.

Coconut oil can cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Start small and slowly increase the amount of coconut oil you give your cat. You can start small, giving your cat 1/8 teaspoon per day. Once you get used to it, increase the coconut oil up to 1/2 teaspoon each time. Before you give coconut oil to your cat, make sure that your vet is informed.

Your vet will be able to advise you if coconut oil is beneficial for your cat. Coconuts are good for cats, but you should not give them too much. They contain high levels of potassium which can be dangerous to your pet’s health. Coconut milk can be thought to be good for cats. It is not true, as coconut milk contains a higher concentration of potassium.

This is due to the white fleshy portion of coconuts. Coconut milk and cats don’t mix well, so you shouldn’t give it to them. Coconut is safe for cats, however. Coconut is safe for cats if you give it to them in moderation. You should also consult your veterinarian to determine the right amount, as cats react to coconuts in different ways.

My cat got sick after eating coconut, which is considered safe for cats if it is consumed in controlled amounts. My cat may be sensitive because it has just recovered at home so it is normal. This was confirmed by my vet. Can cats consume coconuts? It can cause allergic reactions in cats so make sure you only give it small amounts. To be sure, you can consult your vet.

There shouldn’t be any concern if your cat is interested in trying coconut milk. The ASPCA states that a small amount of coconut milk or coconut-based products is unlikely to cause any harm to your cat. If your cat has taken coconut milk in, be sure to keep an eye on him so that he doesn’t get any diarrhea.

Can coconut make cats sick?

Coconut oil has some cat benefits, however, the ASPCA lists it as one of their People Foods To Avoid Feeding Your Pets. This means that while it won’t do much damage, it could cause upset stomachs and diarrhea.

Is coconut oil toxic to cats?

Coconut oil is safe for cats. However, it may cause side effects if used improperly. Coconut oil can cause problems in the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Why does my cat eat coconut?

Coconut is rich in protein, as well as many important minerals that can help cats’ immune systems and digestion. It also helps with bad breath and hairballs. Coconut is a good snack but high in calories and saturated fats.

Are cats okay with coconut milk?

Another potentially dangerous product is coconut milk. Coconut milk is high in oils and fats. Coconut milk is not recommended for cats. Consult your veterinarian if your cat is sensitive to dairy milk.

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Sneezing and sniffling: those are sounds that every cat parent dreads. Cat respiratory infections —kitty colds—are common illnesses that are difficult for a cat to shake. Often, veterinarian appointments and prescribed medications are necessary to help a cat recover from her cold.

Along with conventional treatments, many veterinarians prescribe L-lysine supplementation to cats suffering from respiratory problems or illnesses like the feline herpesvirus. But what is L-lysine, and does it help your cat or harm her?

What Is L-lysine?

L-lysine is an amino acid, a pure organic compound that is used as a supplement for humans, canines, and felines. It cannot be synthesized into the body and must be gained through food and supplements. For both people and cats, L-lysine is a way to manage and control herpes effectively. This amino acid is present in every cat’s body, but some cats do not have enough of it to ward off infections and illnesses.

L-lysine has long been administered by veterinarians as a mode of prevention and treatment of feline herpesvirus, also known as FHV-1. Multiple cat foods and treats also include L-lysine as an ingredient, although care should be taken to not exceed the proper dosage for your cat. L-lysine dosages are determined per individual cat based on her weight, age, health status, and breed.

How Does L-lysine Work In Cats?

Cats are highly susceptible to upper respiratory infections, which may share symptoms with FHV-1. The following symptoms may indicate general respiratory illnesses or the feline herpesvirus:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Discharge from eyes , mouth, and nose
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Panting

Upper respiratory illnesses may be caused by either a bacterial or viral infection, and chronic occurrences of these colds may signal the existence of FHV-1. Cats with weaker immune systems, such as kittens or senior cats, are most prone to respiratory infections and FHV-1; however, even healthy cats in their prime can fall victim to these illnesses.

Consult your veterinarian to determine if your cat is dealing with a kitty cold or a persistent bout of FHV-1. In particular, FHV-1 can be tricky, as most infected cats will overcome the initial infection, but some will develop a chronic condition. In these cats, the immune system is suppressed and FHV-1 will flare-up and cause the symptoms to start all over again.

Veterinarians typically prescribe L-lysine supplements because of a long-held assumption that the amino acid eliminates the aforementioned symptoms of the infections and also prevents future flare-ups from occurring; nearly 90% of veterinarians recommend the use of L-lysine to treat these conditions. Veterinarians were of the thought that L-lysine interfered with the replication of the FHV-1 virus by preventing the uptake of a second amino acid, arginine.

In the early 2000s, a series of research was conducted on the use of L-lysine on cats with varying and, at times, conflicting and inconclusive results. A 2003 study in the American Journal of Veterinary Research found a reduction in FHV-1 virus replication with an oral dose of 400mg of L-lysine.

However, a 2009 study, also published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, argued that L-lysine was not an effective management tool for countering the FHV-1 virus, and might make the infection worse. The study examined a group of 261 cats and found that dietary lysine supplementation had no influence on controlling or preventing infectious upper respiratory disease amongst these felines.

Despite the lack of definitive proof of L-lysine’s effectiveness, many veterinarians continue to prescribe it for cats with respiratory and feline herpesvirus, as no better alternative (other than supportive care) exists to address respiratory illnesses at this time.

A New Study Sheds Light on L-lysine For Cats

The veterinary community’s attitude toward L-lysine and cats began to change when a 2015 study was published in the BMC Veterinary Research journal. The researchers found that there was no proof that L-lysine supplementation suppressed the feline herpesvirus in infected cats. They recommended that veterinarians stop prescribing L-lysine immediately due to the lack of evidence concerning its effectiveness. The study was summed up as follows:

  • No evidence was found that L-lysine prevented cats from FHV-1 infection
  • L-lysine did not prevent recurrences of FHV-1 and its symptoms
  • No proof exists that L-lysine can alleviate FHV-1 and its symptoms

Frequent use of L-lysine as a supplement lowers levels of arginine, an amino acid essential to cats; low arginine levels may cause serious health issues in felines. Arginine is responsible for critical body functions, such as kidney filtration, immune system function, hormone function, and wound healing.

Lysine and arginine compete with each other for absorption within the body. Initially, researchers thought that lower arginine levels helped prevent FHV-1—hence the L-lysine recommendation—but the 2015 study has caused scientists, researchers, and veterinarians to adopt a more cautious attitude toward the use of L-lysine.

Worse yet, a cat with arginine deficiency may die from hyperammonemia (ammonia intoxication), as cats are unable to synthesize arginine. Because of these conclusions, some veterinarians have reversed their position on L-lysine and no longer recommend its use on cats although it was never shown that such a severe symptom resulted from lysine administration.

Other Side Effects of L-lysine on Cats

L-lysine can negatively impact cats in other, less damaging ways, which can nonetheless be uncomfortable for your cat. These side effects include:

  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Persistent scratching
  • Diarrhea
  • Facial swelling
  • Pale gums

L-lysine supplementation may also interfere with other medications that your cat is taking. Always talk to your veterinarian about other medications, supplements, or vitamins that your cat is taking before beginning L-lysine treatment. Large doses of L-lysine may interact with certain antibiotics and increase the antibiotics’ toxicity.

Cats with digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome or ulcers, might find their chronic conditions worsened when taking L-lysine supplementation, due to negative interactions with other prescribed medications. Occasionally, a cat may develop an allergy to the L-lysine medication, resulting in difficulty breathing, dizziness, and rashes.

Leave the L-lysine Behind

Because of the uncertainty surrounding its effectiveness, and the findings of the 2015 study, some veterinarians are more reluctant to prescribe L-lysine. Other doctors are waiting on new studies to be completed and results published. Until more information is available, err on the side of caution and discuss with your veterinarian whether L-lysine is right for your cat .