Cat Vomiting

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Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal is the founder and lead veterinarian for Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. Coufal graduated from State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.

It’s not always easy to tell when your cat needs to go to the vet. This is especially true for cats when they are vomiting. Since cats tend to be curious and can often get a hold of things they shouldn’t, it is important to know the reasons your cat may be vomiting so you are able to get your beloved cat treated as needed. At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we want to educate fellow cat lovers about how to tell the difference between when vomiting is common and when it is cause for concern.

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What Causes Cats To Vomit

No one wants their cat to be sick. It’s always awful to watch your cat struggle as he tries to alleviate an upset stomach. Whether your cat is experiencing acute vomiting or chronic vomiting, there are various things that can cause your cat to vomit. In most cases, it is caused by eating too quickly or eating something toxic. Although these are common reasons your cat vomits, there are many contributing factors including: 

  • Drugs
  • Diet
  • Eating Too Fast
  • Stomach Inflammation
  • Eating Something Toxic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cancer
  • Liver or Kidney Disease
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
  • Heartworm

Why Is My Cat Vomiting?

If your cat is vomiting, it is important to act rationally. You shouldn’t immediately be concerned, but you also cannot completely disregard the occurrence. To determine why your cat is vomiting, the best thing you can do is take note of certain details including:

  • How often your cat is vomiting. Is it acute or chronic?
  • What is in your cat’s vomit? Is there undigested food, plants, blood, etc.?
  • The last time your cat ate. Was it within the last hour or several hours ago?
  • What your cat has eaten. Has your cat had a change in their diet or eaten something laying around the house?
  • What causes your cat to vomit? Is the cat laying down, have they been playing, etc..

Keeping tabs on your cat can help you narrow down what may have caused your cat to vomit. It may also push you to consider seeing a vet. To begin monitoring your cats puking or vomiting taking note of the above things so that you can properly inform your veterinarian if need be.

When To Take Cat To Vet For Vomiting

Not all vomiting should be an immediate cause for concern. However, if you are noticing any changes in your cat’s behavior or cat’s vomiting patterns have become frequent, you should take your cat to get checked out. Vet visits can put extra strain on your cat’s condition, so it is important to take steps to make your cat feel comfortable. During the visit, the vet will determine the cause of your cats vomiting based on the information you provide. Then, a treatment will be prescribed or the vet will run tests and lab work.

Cat Vomit Treatment

Once your veterinarian has determined the cause of your cat’s vomiting they will then be able to give a recommendation and or prescription that will help combat the issue. Whether your cat’s vomiting is caused by undigested food or something scary making sure they have a qualified vet to examine them is important. Below are a few methods or medicines that can be used to assist in combating your cats vomiting.

Fluid: If nothing raises a red flag, your cat may be a bit dehydrated and it will be recommended to drink more fluids. Sometimes it is necessary to deliver fluids with an IV.

Anti-vomiting medication: These medications can help relieve abdominal pain. In turn, it stops your cat from vomiting and reduces fluid loss.

Diet changes: If something in your cat had an intolerance to something in their diet, simply changing the type of food can stop your cat’s vomiting.

Prednisone: This medicine is used in cases of inflammatory bowel disease. If this is treated, your cat’s vomiting will subside.

Tests Your Vet May Run To Determine The Cause of The Vomiting

Unfortunately, the cause of your cat’s vomit isn’t so straightforward. If your cat continues to have issues with vomiting, there are some different tests your vet can run based on the specifics of the situation. Some of these tests can be more in-depth, like blood work and x-rays. Your vet may have to run one or more of the following tests:

  • Abdominal x-rays
  • Blood work
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Exploratory Surgery

Each of these tests will help identify foreign objects that may be in your cat. These tests will also help determine if there are any issues with internal organs, like swelling.

Cat Vomiting | How Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic Can Help

It’s no fun having someone sick in the house, especially when it’s your favorite furry feline. If your cat has been vomiting recently, Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic is here to help determine the cause. Whether your cat needs blood work done or just needs to recuperate, our experienced team will make sure your cat’s health remains the number one priority. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns.

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