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Reasons Cats Vomit

There is nothing quite like that gagging sound of a cat vomiting to make a cat owner launch out of the chair or bed at lightning speed. 

There are many reasons that a cat may vomit, some are of no concern whereas sometimes it can be from a serious medical condition. Listed below are some of the more common reasons that cats may vomit; 

  • Hairballs
  • Gutsing food / Eating too fast
  • Changes in diet
  • Food intolerance or allergies
  • Eating non food items like paper, tissues, plants etc
  • Poisoning – could be from toxins or plants
  • Intestinal worms
  • Gastroenteritis 
  • Pancreatitis 
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heat stroke 
  • Intestinal blockage

Most cats will vomit intermittently throughout their life which is often of no real concern. Repeated or continual vomiting in your cat should never be ignored. If a cat is vomiting on a regular basis further investigation should be undertaken. If they are continually vomiting and/or showing other signs of being unwell like lethargy, weakness, pain, in distress, blood in vomit, urine or faeces a veterinarian should be consulted immediately to determine the cause. 

Originally published in My Pet Magazine Summer 2018/19.

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