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Cat Vomiting

April 10, 2018

I’d like to talk to you about a fun topic: vomiting in cats. Or, more importantly, how often is too often. Many owners are unconcerned about vomiting but studies show that cats who vomit more often than every 2 weeks have evidence of intestinal disease.

There are many causes of vomiting.

If something disagrees with their stomach the easiest thing to do is puke it up. A common reason cats throw up is they eat too fast. Your kitty’s esophagus is horizontal rather than vertical like ours. Food can slap against the lower esophagus and cause regurgitation of undigested food several minutes after it’s consumed. A poor quality diet could be a factor because it can be difficult for your cat’s body to digest and assimilate, which can cause vomiting.

Last but not least is milk. Most mammals drink milk if it’s offered. Gastrointestinal issues may arise from drinking milk because cats have limited ability to digest milk proteins.

The journey for the exact cause of excessive vomiting can be long. It starts with a thorough history and physical exam. Areas of concern include the timing of eating and vomiting, thyroid or abdominal masses, fast heart rate, or small kidneys. Further testing includes blood work, radiographs, and ultrasound.

As you can tell getting to the cause of vomiting can be difficult. Give us a call at 541-678-5440 if your cat suffers from frequent vomiting.

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