Yes, it’s a filthy subject, but it’s one that needs to be discussed. Let’s talk about cat vomiting and when you should be concerned.
Cats are known to vomit from time to time. If you’ve ever owned a cat, you’re familiar with the fact that they occasionally vomit hairballs or food. But when does vomiting become a cause for concern, and when should a cat be taken to the veterinarian for a checkup?
We’ve included some basic information below to assist you in keeping your pet happy and healthy, but remember that if your cat’s vomiting doesn’t seem normal, you should contact your veterinarian.
Some of the Reasons Cats Vomit:
Vomiting can occur in cats of all ages and breeds, but whether or not it is a cause for concern depends on how frequently it occurs and whether or not there is an underlying medical condition to blame.
- Hairballs are frequent, and they’re usually nothing to be concerned about. Hairballs will be spat up by some cats more frequently than others, which is normal. Consult a veterinarian if you’re not sure if your cat is vomiting hairballs more frequently than is normal.
- Another reason a cat might vomit is if she ate something she shouldn’t have eaten. Spoiled food, plants, dangerous materials, and household things like string, for example, may cause a cat to vomit. Vomiting may also occur if a foreign object is obstructing the digestive tract.
- Vomiting can also be caused by a variety of medical disorders. If your cat has a gastrointestinal ailment, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), for example, he or she may vomit. Vomiting may also be a symptom of an underlying disease such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or kidney disease if there are internal parasites or an underlying disease such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or kidney disease. Additionally, gastrointestinal growths, whether benign or malignant, can cause vomiting.
What Does Cat Vomit Look Like?
Okay, we know it’s disgusting, but examining your cat’s vomit for colour and consistency can help you and your veterinarian figure out what’s causing it. So, before you rush to clean up the mess, take note of how it looks so you can provide your veterinarian more information that will help him or her determine whether the vomiting is a cause for concern.
The items listed below are just a few of the things you might find if your cat vomits. Keep in mind that these are presented here to offer you a general understanding of what’s going on, but the best way to get answers is to speak with your veterinarian.
- Food fragments – If your rambunctious feline ate too rapidly, ate too much food, or is allergic or intolerant to whatever she ate, she may vomit. However, if there is a blockage or other difficulty preventing food from flowing through the digestive tract as it should, this can happen.
- Mucus on the floor – Mucus on the floor could indicate regurgitation rather than vomiting. This can also be seen with regurgitated food.
- Clear or watery liquid — If your cat drank a lot of water (perhaps due to a medical condition such as diabetes), she may vomit clear liquid. This could, however, be due to your pet’s stomach being empty.
- Foamy fluid — If your animal friend’s digestive tract is inflamed or irritated, he or she may vomit a foamy, white liquid. She may also vomit a foamy fluid that is white or yellow in colour if she spends too long without eating. She might even vomit a foamy liquid before a hairball comes up.
- Green liquid or yellow bile – If your cat’s stomach is empty from not eating for a long time, she may vomit bile that appears yellow. If the vomit is green, it’s possible that bile has been mixed in as well. However, if your cat is refusing to eat or has liver illness, this could happen.
- Brown liquid – If you detect brown liquid in your cat’s vomit, it’s possible she ate anything brown. This form of vomit, on the other hand, could suggest that there is blood in the gastrointestinal tract, possibly due to a foreign body or ulceration.
- If you observe blood in your cat’s vomit, contact your veterinarian immediately. The blood may appear red or look like coffee grounds, depending on where it comes from. It’s possible that your cat’s oesophagus or stomach became upset as a result of her frequent vomiting. This could also be a sign of poisoning, a medical ailment, or an ulcer.
Remember to tell your vet everything about your cat’s vomit, including the colour, consistency, and overall appearance, as well as how much and how often your kitty is vomiting.
When to Consult a Vet:
It’s recommended to call your vet for a checkup if your cat is vomiting frequently, such as more than once a day or for several days in a row. If you observe any other signs or symptoms, such as a change in your pet’s appetite, inability to keep food down, weakness, lethargy, changes in behaviour or grooming, or blood in the vomit, it’s time to call your veterinarian.
Identifying the Source of the Vomiting:
Chronic or severe vomiting is reason for concern, and it can develop to other problems including electrolyte imbalance and dehydration, so you should contact your veterinarian right once. Acute, slight vomiting that lasts only a few minutes, on the other hand, may not be a significant problem, but you should consult your veterinarian to be sure.
What your veterinarian discovers during an examination will determine whether or not the vomiting is concerning. Your veterinarian can conduct tests, such as a faecal exam and a blood test, to determine whether the vomiting is caused by illnesses, parasites, or toxins. He or she can also request a biopsy to rule out the possibility of IBD or cancer.
Treatments Are Available:
A variety of therapies are available from veterinarians to help a vomiting cat feel better. Fluid therapy, antiemetic medicines, and dietary adjustments may be indicated. The diagnosis will ultimately determine the treatment. So, if there are parasites, parasite removal therapies will be ordered, whereas obstructions may require surgical removal and infections may necessitate antibiotics, to name a few examples.
If your cat’s vomiting is severe but not life-threatening, your veterinarian may advise you to fast her for a particular number of hours before giving her a little amount of bland, easy-to-digest food.
If you need to be concerned, your veterinarian will let you know:
It’s important to remember that vomiting is a symptom, not a sickness. If your healthy feline vomits once in a while, your vet may tell you that it’s nothing to be concerned about. If your cat is vomiting frequently or exhibiting other symptoms, your veterinarian can assist you by determining the cause and offering medication options to help your pet feel better.