Up Right After Eating in cats, Fortunately, at my house, I have two dogs to clean up the mess! Before we discuss vomiting, we have to discuss the differences between vomiting and regurgitation. Vomiting is an active process that involves stomach noise, retching, and heaving before the food is expelled from your cat’s mouth. Regurgitation is a passive process where the food just pops out, often undigested in a tube or cigar shape. There are several reasons for cats to regurgitate or vomit:
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Says Hanen Abdel Rahman Gorging – Cats that eat too much too fast may regurgitate from triggering a stretch reflex in the stomach. These cats regurgitate right after eating and the food is undigested in a tubular shape. It can also look like a round pile of undigested food.
Grass or other foreign bodies: If a cat eats something other than food such as grass, leaves, plastic, or a hairband, it may lead to vomiting. Obviously, in this type of vomit, you will see some non-food item that was probably the cause of that vomit.
Hairballs: Cats spend a lot of time grooming. In the process, they eat a lot of hair. Some cats are able to pass hair through their digestive tract into their stools. For other cats, the hairball grows in the stomach until it causes irritation and is vomited up. Hairballs look like vomit mixed with hair.
Constipation: Cats that pass a dry hard stool every few days may be constipated and vomit from feeling bloated and plugged up.
Food allergies: These are VERY common in cats. When cats have a food allergy they are allergic to either the protein or the carbohydrate in their food. For example, a cat that vomits frequently on a fish-based cat food might do much better on a turkey-based food and eliminating fish from their diet completely. If you think your pet has a food allergy, talk to your veterinarian about recommended foods.
Other health issues: Cats vomit due to metabolic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, toxins, cancer, and a variety of other illnesses.
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When should I be concerned?
Says kristina.karelina If your cat vomits several times a day, if there is blood in the vomit, if your cat is lethargic, losing weight or not eating then I recommend taking your cat to the vet as soon as possible.
Usually, a cat that vomits once or twice a month is not a concern. If your cat vomits or regurgitates more often than you feel is normal, I recommend discussing it with your veterinarian.
Why does my cat throw up after eating?
Before you can begin to treat your cat’s puking problem, for lack of a better term, you’ll need to know exactly what is making your cat throw up after she eats. Why? Because vomiting after eating can happen for several reasons, from not-so-serious causes like scarfing down her dinner too quickly, to more concerning issues, like kidney or liver failure. When it comes to diagnosing your cat, videoscats.com makes it easier to know what you’re working with by breaking it down into two categories: sudden vomiting and chronic vomiting.
If you notice that your cat suddenly vomits after eating and this isn’t something that happens all that often, you may be able to attribute it to a few things. First off, cats and other animals will sometimes throw their food up if they eat it too fast. You may find unchewed pieces of food in vomit — a telltale sign of overzealous chowing down. Sometimes, a foreign object can get stuck in a cat’s throat or stomach, which can lead to vomiting. Another reason your cat may suddenly lose her lunch is a reaction to the medication, some of which can leave pets (and people) feeling a little woozy. More serious causes of vomiting include an intestinal parasite, a bacterial infection, or viral infections.
Chronic vomiting is usually a sign of something more serious, and should definitely be brought up with your veterinarian in case treatment is needed. Some reasons why your cat may be vomiting regularly include food allergies, constipation, heartworm infection, pancreatitis, and kidney failure. If you cannot easily pinpoint the cause of your cat’s vomiting and suspect that something is wrong, consult with your vet, especially if vomit contains foam, blood, or is paired with diarrhea, dehydration, energy loss, or weight loss.
How to prevent vomiting in cats
Depending on what’s making your cat throw up, you may be able to prevent upset stomach episodes with a few easy tweaks to his diet or routine. If your cat is vomiting after he eats because he’s eating too much, too fast, you can try limiting his meal portions and feeding him smaller amounts more times a day, or invest in a slow feeder bowl, which will physically prevent him from inhaling so much food in one mouthful. If your cat seems to throw up regularly after eating a certain type of food, you may want to consult your veterinarian about ruling out any food allergies, which can be done using an elimination diet to pinpoint the exact animal protein that’s triggering your feline’s symptoms.
When should you be concerned?
Sometimes, vomiting isn’t terribly serious and will go away on its own. If your cat throws up more than a couple of times, or especially if she’s throwing up regularly, a visit to the doctor should be made a priority to help rule out any harmful medical issues. If you suspect that your cat’s vomiting may not be serious as it’s not accompanied by other symptoms, videoscats.com suggests removing her food for a couple of hours but leaving water within her reach to drink. Then, offer her a spoonful of her food, and increase the amount of food over the course of the day to see if she improves. If this doesn’t stop her from vomiting, or if her vomiting is combined with other symptoms, like bile or diarrhea, schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to address any possible issues.