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Q: Why are cats vomiting?

October 15, 2008 | By Jclerf | 12 answers | Expired: 2183 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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Kelly
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Oct 29, 2008

There are many reasons this can happen. Sometimes its nothing, sometimes its a symptom of something bigger. The first thing you should do is get them checked out by your vet to rule out any underlying disease process.

I have a 14yo blue tabby who has thrown up daily for years. She was checked out & nothing was wrong with her. She eats dry food too fast & then drinks a lot of water causing the food to expand in her tummy. It has nowhere to go but up. Red dyes also cause her to throw up.

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Debbie S.
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Oct 17, 2008

my cat has thrown up every couple of days since I got him 15 years ago. I thought it was because he ate to fast. I recently took him to the vet for something else and he put hime on 1/4 tab prylosec daily because he said he had acid reflux.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oct 16, 2008

Have you tried to find a vet that makes house calls to minimize the stress? They are becoming more common and many have vans with a complete office in them.

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Sheltervt
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Oct 15, 2008

vet tech and nutritionist here...

vomiting is never normal, and frequent vomiting is decidedly abnormal. I would recommend a vet visit for a general exam plus blood workup. As cats pass into their senior years, organ function can change, caussing digestion issues. There is also the posibility of serious illness cropping up. Cats are so stoic by nature, great at hiding the symptoms of illness, that when they DO exhibit a symptom of something going wrong, it should be a big, red flag.

Barring a vet visit, I would recommend finding a better food for your cats. Hills Science Diet is really just not worthwhile these days, and contains many difficult to digest ingredients. Try reading ingredients, and avoiding any food with corn, wheat, soy, gluten, vegetable proteins, or byproduct.

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Teri L.
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Oct 15, 2008

According to my vet, and after checking both my 15 year old cats for the yearly physicals recently, my cats are vomitting because "they are cats."

I have noticed a slight decrease in vomit, however, since giving them Nutro Natural Choice food and only in small increments - just a little bit in the morning and then again when the bowl is empty and if they beg for it in the evening. Also, I have several bowls of water throughout the house.

And, yes, my cat, Josephine, will eat plastic and throw it right up if she finds it.

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Ethel02
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Oct 15, 2008

I would get them to a Vet, I know in dogs, sounds unbelievable, but true, they are allergic to plastic bowls and stainless steel makes a big difference, maybe upgrade their food, my dogs are on holistic and it is not that expensive Verus is excellent and I'm pretty sure they make cat food, look in the phone book for a pet store that is holistic, also it coule be hairballs, but it sounds odd that both would have it & Siamese don't get hairballs as much as other cats, yu also have to be wary of kidney problems, these are just suggestions to mention to the Vet, I wouldn't take any advise without talking to my Vet, stress or not. Good luck, let us knw how you make out.

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Lexismommy
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Oct 15, 2008

I would definitely talk to a vet. If it is a diet issue he would be able to tell you a better food to use. They may be having some internal issues from old age so I would recommend seeing a vet.

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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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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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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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