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Q: Female Cat Vomiting Clear, Foamy Liquid

December 10, 2009 | By Anonymous | 5 answers | Expired: 1709 days ago

I have a long haired, ten year old tabby brindle cat who has recently started vomiting clear, foamy liquid. She's an indoor cat and she's eating and using the litter box normally. She's been doing it every night for about the past week or so.
Recently we had to switch her food very abruptly because of money issues. It seems to have started around this time.
Should I be concerned?

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Kelly
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Dec 10, 2009

Most healthy cats will vomit food, hairballs, or foamy, clear liquid occasionally, but excessive vomiting may be an indication of an underlying problem. At the very least, if she's vomiting regularly, she could run the risk of becoming dehydrated. You need to consult you vet any time your cat vomits regularly for more than a day. It could be something as simple as allergies to the food she's eating or it could be something more serious like an obstruction or anything in between. A vet should see her to rule out anything serious.

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Jillian
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Dec 10, 2009

anytime you're switching an animals food, it should be done gradually as a mix w/their previous food. this is so their bodies/digestive enzymes can adjust to the change. it's very common for an animal to start vomiting or get diarrhea when diets are switched abruptly.
however, anytime either of these symptoms continue beyond a few days is means to see your vet. unfortunately there are several underlying causes for a cat to vomit and the food change could be coincidental. b/c she is not throwing up food, it really should be looked into. if money is a problem, look for an animal clinic in your area that won't charge you an arm and a leg for a few simple tests. zootoo offers a section for pet services on the orange bar at the top where you can check for reviews in your area.
do the pinch test on the back of her neck to see if she's hydrated. this means lightly pinching the skin together and releasing, checking to see if it sticks. it should fall immediately into place. the more hold it has means the more dehydrated she is. if it glides down into place, it can be corrected at home {try putting some kitten formula in her water or even a tablespoon of milk in half a cup of water, 2 tablespoons if you use skim milk}. any more hold and she will need a saline drip within 24 hours, which is a cheap fix. never force her to drink water and remember that about 1-2 tablespoons at a time is all her stomach can handle so encourage her to drink several times throughout the day if she's dehydrated.

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Kris
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Dec 11, 2009

If it only happened once or twice I would not be concerned, but because it has been going on for a while, I would talk to your vet. Your cat could get dehydrated. As Jillian said you should do a pinch test. You can also talk to your vet about other possiblities for food.

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