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Feline Throwing Up:

A cat throwing up or vomiting is a fairly common complaint that one sees in cats.

It’s also referred to as emesis and can be defined as the ejection of contents from the stomach via the mouth. Regurgitating is also often defined as vomiting. All food that gets regurgitated comes out from the esophagus right after it has been eaten & most often contains the non-digested food.

Regurgitating does not necessarily involve heaving before expulsion takes place, nor does it contain any digested food or even bile. This is quite often seen in the case of vomiting. A feline throwing up will normally salivate, then either it appears to try to swallow or it wretches.

There can be abdominal muscle contractions that are visible and the cat will begin to retch, all the time making a sound like its gagging and finally vomit. Vomit could at times contain blood, bile and even mucus.

Some of the causes of cat throwing up include; the food or diet of the cat. If the cat eats too fast it can lead to throwing up. Another cause can be any rapid changes that are made in the diet of the cat. It is preferable to switch to new foods or new brands gradually generally over a few days. A cat should always eat the right foods and avoid food products that are old or any food that may have been exposed to mold. It is essential to watch cats for any allergies they might have or develop and then take the required precautions. Cats should avoid ingesting foreign objects like wool or bones. Even toxins like poisonous plants or antifreeze or aspirins should not be ingested, which is why you need to exercise caution with your storage methods of any such products. The pet owners should take the cats for regular check ups it to ensure that their pets do not get any infections or do have any parasites on them. Another factor to watch out for is intestinal worms.

Cats even vomit if they are suffering from certain other diseases or conditions like diarrhea, kidney failure, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, heat strokes, pancreatitis, and liver disease among others. A cat should immediately be taken to the vet if it suffers from other symptoms besides vomiting like lethargy, swollen stomach, if the vomit has a foul odor or if the vomit contains blood. Also, if the cat appears unwell and listless or of the abdomen is bloated with a look like its fluid filled.

  Submitted on March 5, 2010  

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