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Q: Why are cats vomiting?

October 15, 2008 | By Jclerf | 12 answers | Expired: 1995 days ago

Jclerf

We own two eight-year-old cats and they seem to vomit a lot. One (black and orange torti) has been doing this twice a day, every other day for about a week. Oddly, she vomits at about the time we'd be waking up, as if she is trying to get us out of bed! The other hasn't done it recently, but when she does it's at least four or five times in a single day, and once she vomited seven times in the span of about an hour. She is a Siamese, and I understand that sometimes they have digestive problems, is that correct?

Do plastics ever cause vomiting in cats? We give them water in one of those plastic fountain-type of water dishes (Drinkwell Platinum Water Dish) and store their food in a Tupperware type of container. Could there be a connection?

We switched their food four months ago, but it hasn't done much good. Maybe we should switch again to a blander food? They are currently eating Hill's Science Diet Advanced Protection for elder cats. Does anyone have any recommendations for a blander food? We are wary of taking them to the vet, as they get really stressed out and are often unable to be examined without sedation.

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Emaluski
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Oct 15, 2008

My cat also eats way too fast sometimes and then throws up. You can tell if this is the problem because, as mentioned above, the food is still whole. It's weird that both your cats are having this problem. I take it this just started? I'm no expert, but if I were you I'd call my vet's office and get their opinion, then take the kitties in for an exam if necessary. Better stressed than sick.

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Maryhale17
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Oct 15, 2008

One of my cats does the SAME thing. He eats so quickly and has a sensitive stomach. He used to throw up ALL the time. We've found that feeding a high quality food that is designed for sensitive digestion and/or hairball prevention helps a lot. Our vet also suggested spreading his food out when feeding him. Ex. put the food on a plate and spread it all around so that he can't just gobble from the small cat bowl and has to take his time.

He is an older cat(13 almost 14) so we've recently started to feed him some canned food as well. Once or twice a week. We buy only the high quality stuff and make sure that he gets a mix of both.

He throws up a LOT less since we've been doing all of those things. It's great for him and for us! Who wnats to clean up cat barf?? Hope this helps! :)

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Dusty R.
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Oct 15, 2008

If your cat is vomiting frequently, you need to get it to the vet immediately. I'm not meaning to be gross, but look at it. If it contains hair, it may be related to hairballs and shedding. It is that time of year. If you don't see hair, you may have a serious health issue going on. Frequent puking is not normal. Vomiting is a symptom of many different health concerns including kidney disease, gastrointestinal or bladder blockage, food intolerance, cancer and even poisoning.

How long has this been going on? How old is your kitty? Please call your vet today.

Dusty Rainbolt
Author of Cat Wrangling Made Easy, Kittens For Dummies
Member of Cat Writers Association & International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
www.dustyrainbolt.com

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