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As many cat owners know, vomiting is quite common among our feline friends. However, the causes are varied: poorly digested food, mood swings (yes!), a sensitive stomach, hair ingestion, or even a more serious condition. Even if in most cases, vomiting should not worry you too much, it is interesting to look into this phenomenon, in order to try to stop it.
Any veterinarian will tell you that frequent vomiting can eventually irritate your pet's stomach and lead to acidity or even ulcers, which are reactivated at each episode of stress or anxiety.
So, how can we identify the source of this vomiting and how can we stop it? We will see at first that it can be quite easy to identify the source of the vomiting according to its appearance and the period in which it occurs. Thanks to a few little tips, you will quickly be able to tell what may be the main cause of the vomiting you are observing. In some cases, simple measures can then allow you to reduce or eliminate it.
Repeated vomiting may also be the first sign of incipient chronic diseases, such as hyperthyroidism or chronic renal failure. Very common in cats over 12 or 13 years old, these two diseases must be detected early in order to treat them effectively. Indeed, the earlier they are detected, the fewer the lesions on the organs are installed: the treatment will then have all its chances to be effective. In the third part, we will discuss the symptoms that should lead you to consult your veterinarian without delay!
CAT VOMITING, WHAT TO DO?
Relieving a vomiting cat
Knowing how to distinguish vomiting from regurgitation
A cat's vomiting should not be confused with simple regurgitation. A cat that vomits expels stomach contents through a contraction of the abdomen, whereas regurgitation is simply a passive discharge that occurs without contraction after the cat has eaten its food or grass to purge. Regurgitation in cats is a common and natural occurrence. It should not be a cause for alarm. However, it is important to monitor the health of a cat that is vomiting to prevent the condition from worsening in the event of illness.
Vomiting cat, try to understand the causes
When your cat is vomiting, it's important to try to understand why. Only by carefully observing your pet's behavior and the circumstances that lead to vomiting can you determine whether or not your pet needs veterinary care. It is necessary to take into account the frequency of vomiting, the length of time this symptom has been present, the volume of its discharge, it's content (color, undigested elements, presence or not of blood, etc.), but also the circumstances of the vomiting (change of food, return from running away, stress, veterinary treatment, ingestion of foreign body...).
What to do when your cat vomits?
The first thing to do when your cat is vomiting is to remove the contents of its gastric discharge, to prevent it from trying to ingest it again and becoming more intoxicated. You should also make sure that his airway is clear so that he doesn't choke, being careful not to get bitten. If your cat has ingested a toxic product, you should immediately take him to an emergency veterinarian. But if his health does not seem to be threatened, you can put him on a diet for twelve to twenty-four hours while hydrating him properly.
Your cat is vomiting, signs to watch for
If your cat is vomiting and this type of episode tends to recur, you should try to distinguish if there are any other symptoms that accompany this vomiting, starting with his temperature, which should not exceed 39°C. If your cat is vomiting, you should also monitor its stool. If vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea, your cat is probably suffering from a virus. In this case, don't hesitate to have your pet examined by a veterinarian who will be able to administer appropriate treatment.
YOUR CAT IS VOMITING, THE RIGHT ACTIONS TO TAKE
The causes of vomiting in cats are numerous and it is not always easy to know the reasons. Certain serious pathologies can explain these episodes (renal insufficiency, diabetes, cancers, etc.). He can also be infected by a virus or suffer from food poisoning. In all cases, it is more prudent to take your pet to a veterinarian to prevent its health condition from deteriorating. You should also make sure that your pet is given the right food and water to avoid dehydration.