Vomiting in cats is normal… right?

By January 14, 2021 Our Patients

Although some cat owners might think that vomiting is a normal part of feline behavior, it’s not.

Richard Goldstein, DVM, Associate professor of small animal medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine

You may ask yourself if it’s normal for your cat to vomit, and if so, how frequently is too frequently? There are several answers to these questions, but the REAL question you should be asking is “why is my cat vomiting?” Many people don’t realize that it is not normal for any being to vomit, not even once. This is usually a clinical sign of something more going on. It may be as simple as eating too much too fast, in which case there are fairly easy solutions like slow-feeder bowls. However, there are other, far more sinister reasons for felines to vomit that require treatment under the care of your primary veterinarian. Feeding smaller, more frequent meals, and monitoring the outcome may help you determine if a physical exam is warranted. And of course, you know your pet better than anyone so if you are concerned, please contact your veterinarian’s office to schedule an appointment.

Other causes of chronic vomiting could be food hypersensitivity, toxin buildup (such as what you see in cases of kidney disease or chronic pancreatitis), neoplasia (cancer), or obstruction. If your pet is suffering from any of these diseases, the doctor will only know if they do a physical examination and potentially further diagnostics, such as bloodwork, X-rays, and ultrasounds. These tools help your pet’s veterinary care team determine the appropriate treatment plan to get your feline friend on the road to recovery.

Some of the diseases mentioned here are readily treatable with simple anti-vomit medications and fluid therapy. Some may require surgical intervention. Either way, investing a little time and effort into your pet’s medical needs will go a long way towards easing their distress.

Your pet’s veterinarian will want to talk with you about your pet’s medical history, what kind of food your pet eats as well as the amount and frequency of vomiting. Is there a pattern to it, such as vomiting after meals? Do you see whole kibble or is it something else? Are there any other symptoms that accompany the vomiting such as reduced activity level, reduced food intake, or even symptoms you may not think are associated with gastrointestinal issues? All of these details are like pieces of a puzzle that will help your pet’s veterinarian see the big picture of your favorite feline’s health.

Please reach out to your primary veterinarian today if you have any concerns or questions you’d like to discuss. You can request an appointment online by clicking here.

 

-Written by Dr. Brianna Mundahl

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