A vomiting cat is not the most pleasant companion. If you live with a feline friend, chances are you will have seen him or her throw up at some point. It is never pleasant but vomiting in cats is not normally the sign of a dangerous problem or health concern.
Cats vomit after eating too much food, chewing on something disagreeable, or jumping around too soon after dinner.
However, sometimes cats vomit because they are suffering from a serious medical condition. A cat that throws up a lot, over a longer period of time, is a cause for concern. Why does your cat keep throwing up? And what do you need to do about it?
Different Types Of Vomiting In Cats: Is My Cat In Danger?
Keeping your furry friend healthy is your top priority. When your cat throws up, you need to work out how and when she is vomiting. It's no pretty task, but you should watch your cat to judge the frequency of the vomiting, and also to check the contents of the vomit.
If your cat throws up once then proceeds to eat a full dinner and have a normal bowel movement, there is not likely to be an ongoing problem.
Occasional throwing up is normal and your cat will not feel any the worse for it. However, if your cat is throwing up every day, or suffering from repeated bouts of vomiting, you should take him to see the vet.
Frequent Vomiting in Cats: What Are The Causes?
Some causes of chronic, or ongoing, vomiting include colitis, gastritis, pancreatitis, hernia, or a diet-related intolerance.
Diet problems occur when your cat eats spoiled food contaminated with toxic molds or bacteria, high-fat or rich foods, or foods with a high content of preservatives.
Other issues that may cause frequent vomiting include a foreign body, infection, obstruction in the intestines, kidney or liver failure, severe constipation, neurological disorders, parasites, and gastric tumors.
A 1984 study by Felts JF, Fox PR, and Burk RL found that the most common clinical signs of a foreign body in a cat were persistent vomiting, appetite change, and depression. In the study of 64 cats, most of the treated cats - 83.9 percent - did well.
What Are The Other Symptoms To Watch Out For?
As you can see, there are many different possible causes of vomiting in cats. Often the cause will be found by looking at the other symptoms your cat has. Be careful if your cat is also suffering from diarrhea, lethargy, or weight loss.
Signs that a cat is suffering from an illness include dehydration or lack of water intake, blood in the vomit, feces in the vomit, or change in appetite.
If these symptoms are present, see a vet as soon as possible.
While checking your cat's symptoms with a vet is always the best strategy, you can also treat persistent vomiting with several natural remedies. We looked at recent scientific research to find out what works for kitties with a vomiting problem.
1. Give Probiotics to a Vomiting Cat
Probiotics are useful for humans suffering from intestinal problems which may result in persistent vomiting, and they can also be used by cats.
Probiotics help restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut, which assists digestion and limits vomiting.
If your cat has been vomiting on an ongoing basis, the bacteria in his gut will be out of balance. You can give cats specially developed probiotics or add plain, fat free yogurt to his food.
2. Pumpkin Pie Filling For Cats That Throw Up?
According to popular belief, giving a cat a few spoonsful of pumpkin pie filling helps a cat suffering from constipation and vomiting.
JR August, writing in The Veterinary Clinics of North America (Small Animal Practice) in 1983, says that the pumpkin pie filling is a bulking agent that helps to promote bowel movements after traditional drug therapy has failed.
3. Is Sodium Bicarbonate An Effective Remedy For Cat Vomiting?
Animal experts sometimes say that adding baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to water helps treat urinary tract and digestive diseases that lead to persistent vomiting in cats.
However, a 2012 study from the University of Zurich, Switzerland showed that treatment with sodium bicarbonate had no apparent benefit for cats suffering from urinary tract infections and vomiting.
4. Fasting Helps Resolve the Problem of a Cat Throwing Up
Making your cat fast for a 24-hour period will help to relieve stomach discomfort, reduce inflammation, and stop her throwing up.
Give your cat fresh water and after 24 hours of no food you can introduce cooked white rice.
After 48 hours, mix cooked white rice with your cat's food and you can return to her normal diet after 72 hours.
5. Peppermint Tea to Ease Stomach Problems and Vomiting in Cats
Peppermint tea is often used by humans to relieve stomach distress (for example, a 1996 study from the University Medical Clinic and Outpatient Clinic, Bochum, Germany showed a peppermint and caraway oil combination helped reduce the pain of stomach distress) but did you know you can help your cat with the same remedy?
If your cat has been throwing up, brew a cup of peppermint tea and allow it to cool completely. Give him one tablespoon of the liquid.
6. Mineral Oil For Hairball Relief in Vomiting Cats
When cats groom their fur they are at risk of consuming the fur, resulting in hairballs that can cause vomiting.
To prevent vomiting due to hairballs, add a teaspoon of mineral oil to your cat's food three times a week. A 2013 study from Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven shows that mineral oil acts as a natural laxative to flush out potential blockages.
7. Use Slippery Elm Bark As A Cat Vomiting Remedy
Slippery elm is an herb that has been used to soothe problems of the digestive tract for hundreds of years, according to M Castleman in "The Healing Herbs", 1991. To treat vomiting and diarrhea in your cat, use a teaspoon of slippery elm bark powder mixed with water and into the cat's food.