Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital Blog

Why Does My Cat Vomit?

Jun 17

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Cats are known for eating things they shouldn’t (plastic, sewing needles, thread or wool, you get the picture), so if something gets stuck in the oesophagus or stomach, this can cause vomiting or regurgitation of food when the cat tries to eat.

However, if a healthy cat simply eats too much food or eats too quickly, the food may come right back up. So how do you know if you have a problem?

Here are some tips:

  1. If your cat tends to eat very quickly, try feeding smaller, more frequent meals to help discourage gorging. You could also use a food puzzle that slows the eating down.
  2. Hair balls can cause vomiting of food material. There is an excellent product from Advance  called "Adult Hair Ball” which a biscuit that can help control this problem. You can buy this over the counter. It has slippery elm, sugar beet pulp and psyllium husk in the complete and balanced food.
  3. Frequent or abrupt diet changes can cause some cats to vomit food. If a diet change is necessary, try to do it gradually (over a period of at least a week or so), by mixing the new food with the old. Don’t forget that new treats also constitute a diet change, so if vomiting occurs after trying a new treat, discontinue it for a while to see if the problem resolves.
  4. Cats that develop food allergies sometimes vomit after eating. Best to talk to us next time you are in if you think this may be the case.

When in doubt, it’s always best to tell us what’s happening. We can determine whether you have a serious problem or not, and advise you about the best way to help your cat through this problem.