Cats do vomit on different occasions due to different reasons. Most of the times, the reason is just routine indigestion but some of the times, vomiting can occur due to serious internal issue. In routine cat keeps throwing up because of:
- Indulging into physical activity right after eating
- Eating with fast pace
If your cat is vomiting due to any of the above mentioned reasons then there is no need to worry but if you are unable to find the reason behind your cat’s vomiting then its best to take it to the vet.
Serious issues connected with vomiting:
Some of the serious issues that might be connected with the vomiting of your cat include:
- Intolerance for any new food item
- Gastric issues
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Inflammation of gall bladder
- Viral infection
- Parasite infestation
- Nausea due to any surgery or medical treatment
- Effects of chemicals or toxic items
- Side effects of any medicine
- Neurological damage
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Heart worm infection
- Intestinal tumor
How to determine if the cat vomiting is a serious issue or not?
If your cat is sane and active after the vomiting then it means that this vomiting was a routine matter. But if your cat has vomited for more than one time and feels weak then it’s time to contact the vet. Once you take your cat to the vet, he will ask questions regarding the physical health of your cat in order to reach a medical conclusion. Some of the questions that will be asked by the vet include:
- What was time when vomiting started?
- Number of times your cat has vomited up till now
- Texture, color and smell of the vomit
- Condition of the cat
- Symptoms other than the vomit
- Medical history-this will also include the vaccinations provided to your cat
Cat vomiting becomes a serious issue if:
- You see blood in your cat’s vomit
- Your cat has been trying to vomit for sometime but fails to do so
- The abdominal area of your cat seems like swollen or bloated
- Your cat shows the symptoms of being poisoned
- Cat’s body temperature is high
- Upon checking the oral cavity, you detect yellow gums
- Cat also has diarrhea along with vomiting
- Cat seems to be restless due to intense pain
Some of the times when condition is serious, the vet is also going to suggest some medical tests. Most of the vets usually suggest fecal flotation and/or fecal culture. Fecal flotation is usually suggested when vet suspects the infestation of parasites. And fecal culture is suggested in the case of bacterial infection. Other medical tests that are suggested in some specific cases include blood count test, radiographs, ultrasounds, endoscopy, and some other blood tests. Biopsy is also recommended in some of the extreme cases.
Vomiting is usually treated by eliminating the reason behind the vomiting but initial treatment will require you to keep your cat without food for at least 24 hours.