I know it’s scary to have Kitty puke up dinner. And it can be a little disheartening to watch her go through so much discomfort. But before you start freaking out (like my mother often does), try to understand why she’s sick first. Yes, I know, it may be indicative that there’s something much more serious but cats puke. But I don’t know any cat owners who’ve never had a cat puke at one point or another. Often it’s nothing serious and will pass shortly.
However, if the vomit is accompanied by fever, fatigue, blood in the stool, or diarrhea, you best check that Kitty into a vet’s!
5 Simple Explanations Why Your Cat’s Sick After Eating
- Cheap Cat Food – I’ve talked about cheap cat food before and the dangers they pose to cats. Perhaps you ought to look into a new brand. Cheap cat food is filled with dye, filler, tend to have low protein content, and may not be approved AAFCO (Association Of American Feed Control Officials). If you’d like more on cheap cat food and how you can find a better brand, check out this post on cat health food »
- Change In Diet – Cats are slaves to routine. More so than humans and they’re not used to the wide range of foods we are. So if you suddenly switch your cat’s food, she just might throw up. It’s because their stomachs haven’t built up new bacteria and enzymes to cope with the new food. You should always change your kitty’s diet gradually. Check out this post on how to train a cat to eat new food »
- Hairball – Often when a cat has a hairball, she’ll try to force herself to throw up. You may even see her eating plants because she knows plants will induce vomiting. Yup, cats are smart. If you notice hair in her vomit, she could just be purging her body of undigested hair. I know, cat hairballs are gross.
- Ate Too Much – Regulate how much your cat will eat. Often, they’ll eat so fast and so much that they make themselves sick. I know I’ve done it and it doesn’t feel good at all. The next time you feed her cut down on how much food there is and make her meal times regular.
- Food Allergy – There may be an ingredient that your cat is allergic to in her diet. Try changing her cat food, but if you’re still not sure, go to the vet’s and get a formal opinion. Cats are like humans. They’ve got allergies too.
Hope this short guide dispels some panic. I’ve also written another post on the more serious side of cats vomiting » I know from experience it can be scary. After much vomit, my cat Tini was diagnosed with pancreatitis. She takes medicine everyday and we regulate how much she eats (we had to reduce her intake). But she’s okay and still kickin’!
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