If you’ve had a cat before, then most likely you’ve encountered cat vomit from time to time. From hairballs to eating their food too quickly, these types of cat vomit are perfectly normal.
However, if your cat is vomiting frequently, it could be a sign of a more serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Most of the time, your cat will vomit because they’ve eaten something that doesn’t disagree with their stomach or they’ve played too hard after eating meal.
It is important to monitor a vomiting cat to see if it is something you can prevent or need to take to the veterinarian to get a full diagnosis.
Here are some tips that you can use to know if your cat’s vomiting is normal or life threatening.
Acute (Normal) Vomiting
If your cat throws up once or twice, it usually isn’t life threatening.
Here are some normal vomiting habits that do not require Veterinarian attention:
– Eating Something Suspect Outside (Like Plants or Insects)
– Eating too Fast
– Playing After Meals
– Motion Sickness
Chronic (Abnormal) Vomiting
The causes of vomiting can be very tricky to pinpoint, so it is imperative that you regulate your cat’s vomiting to ensure that none of the following are happening. If they are, seek immediate vet attention.
– Frequent Vomiting
– Blood in Vomit
– Vomit Contains Bile
– Weight Loss
– Strange Behavior
These are some chronic illnesses that result in vomiting. If your cat is abnormally vomiting it could be because of the following:
– Intestinal problems
– Bacterial infections
– Liver Disease
– Kidney Disease
When Should I Take my Cat to the Vet?
You should take your cat to the vet if the vomiting continues or you notice any of the above abnormal vomiting habits. You should always monitor your cat after they vomit to ensure that nothing else serious is happening. If it is caught early on, it could save your cat from serious injury or death.
Taking steps to catch and treat medical problems early and aggressively is an excellent way to stay ahead of disease.
Unfortunately, far too often, pet owners come to us for help when it’s already too late.
That’s why we’ve put together The Senior Pet Resource Guide with award-winning veterinarian, Dr. Gary Richter!
If you have a dog or cat over 7 years of age, definitely take a moment to check this out!