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Why is My Cat Vomiting? Different Causes and How to Help

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
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If you are asking yourself: “why is my cat vomiting” know that there are several possible reasons. Hairballs, intestinal parasites, gastrointestinal disorders, diseases, or eating habits can all cause your furkiddo to throw up. Keeping tabs on when it happens and the content of the vomit can help your trusted vet pinpoint the root cause. Here are some questions to keep in mind:

Is My Cat Vomiting or Regurgitating?

It’s important to differentiate vomiting from regurgitation when you’re discussing the symptoms with your veterinarian since their causes are different. Vomiting ejects digested contents from the stomach and upper small intestine. Regurgitated content, on the other hand, comes from the esophagus.

Why is My Cat Vomiting After Eating?

Regurgitation is a passive motion that relatively doesn’t require effort or contraction of the abdominal muscles. This type of ejection typically occurs right after eating or drinking, and the expelled content tends to be undigested. Cats that eat too fast may also vomit right after their meal. When they eat too quickly, they can end up swallowing air along with their food, which can cause puking. 

What is The Content of My Cat’s Vomit?

The content that comes out from your cat’s mouth can also help your vet identify the possible cause. If your cat vomits clear or white foam frequently, it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Cats can also vomit a foam and/or yellow bile due to an empty stomach for a long period of time. If so, try to feed smaller meals more often throughout the day. Lastly, finding pieces of fur might indicate that your kitty is suffering from hairballs, whereas worms might indicate a parasite infestation.

Natural Support – From Hairballs to GI Issues

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Cats are fastidious groomers, and they often ingest hair during the process. Hairballs can cause irritation and discomfort in your cat’s stomach, leading to vomiting or regurgitation. Depending on how furry your furbaby is and how is their grooming habit, furballs can happen more often. However, as a rule of thumb, if a cat has hairballs more than once a week, check with your veterinarian for underlying conditions.

Hairballs can cause irritation and discomfort in your cat’s stomach, leading to vomiting or regurgitation.

In the meantime, NHV Hairb-EZ may help to deal with and break down hairballs. This natural supplement can also be used for proactive support, as it can help unblock loose hair and keep it from forming into balls that become lodged in your cat’s stomach.

For intestinal parasites, NHV Inulin-PK acts as a natural pet deworming support. Pets dealing with parasites can throw out content without visible worms. If you want to be on the safe side, Inulin-PK can be given twice a year as a proactive measure to avoid parasitic infection. 

For all cases, NHV Yucca may be a great ally to help with nausea and vomiting. This super herb helps promote healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. 

When Is Vomiting Concerning?

If you notice blood in your furkiddo’s ejected content, please get in touch with a veterinary specialist for immediate support. Cats can also vomit due to dietary indiscretion, such as eating spoiled food, plants, or foreign objects. These cases also call for urgent care. 

Otherwise, you can do a few things to help while observing your little one. First, remove your cat’s food and water for a few hours to give its stomach time to settle. After a few hours without food, you can offer your cat a small amount of water. If your cat keeps the water down, you can gradually reintroduce its food, starting with small amounts and gradually increasing the portion sizes.

Monitor your kitty’s behavior and watch for other symptoms, such as lethargy or loss of appetite. If your cat continues vomiting or showing other symptoms, seek veterinary attention immediately.

Next time you think to yourself: “why is my cat vomiting”, we hope these tips can help you care for your little one! As a cat parent, it is essential to always monitor their behavior and seek veterinary attention if you notice any signs of something wrong. We are here to help you give your feline kiddo the best support!

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: April 11, 2023

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