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Cat Throwing Up Time To Time

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by Kalsajo, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. Kalsajo

    Kalsajo Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

    Oct 19, 2018
    I have a five year old cat named Toby, and I'm a bit concerned for him. He's been throwing up time to time, not daily but at least every once a week/month. His diet only consists of dry food, and it definitely does not look like hairballs. Should I take him to the vet?

  2. kitty chew

    kitty chew Kitty chew Adult Cat

    Mar 20, 2016
    Hi, It wouldn't hurt to get him checked out. Also, you should try giving him some wet food. I think it's good for them to have a bit of both. Best of luck.
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  3. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

    Dec 27, 2001
    Hudson, OH
    In a nutshell it isn't normal no. Is the food whole or digested? If it is once in a great while because he ate too fast and the food is whole pieces that come back up right after he eats, that is one thing. If it is more then a couple times a week, or the food is digested I would be more concerned.

    I also agree to ditch the dry. The diet should consist of mostly canned/wet food. Dry can cause obesity and makes them dehydrated which can lead to diabetes and kidney issues.
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  4. Kalsajo

    Kalsajo Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

    Oct 19, 2018
    Thank you for the replies! I'll take him to vet as soon as I can, and inspecting closer it seems that the food is digested. He does not vomit for several times in a week. However, once he's in the process of vomiting he gets all puffed up and runs away. He returns back to his normal behavior after a few minutes.

    Are Friskies a good wet food? We've actually bought Toby Friskies before, but he never actually finishes the wet food. I've been giving him Meowmix dry food, and he eats the food very little at a time. I cannot tell if this is normal cat behavior.

  5. di and bob

    di and bob TCS Member Top Cat

    Dec 12, 2012
    Nebraska, USA
    i have had several cats that just throw up. It may be from food allergies, stress or irritable bowel. Burt was my last one that threw up weekly, and he lived to 17, but he did die of cancer in his abdomen.

  6. maggiedemi

    maggiedemi TCS Member Top Cat

    Mar 26, 2017
    Upstate NY
    I agree, I would add some canned food to his diet, I use Friskies Pate. Also, maybe try hairball treats or paste every other day or 3 times a week.

  7. mingking

    mingking TCS Member Alpha Cat

    Feb 8, 2015
    Any wet food is fine. Of course, if you want the best, I'd do more research on better quality foods. If you'd like, I can give you a few links but it can get quite overwhelming honestly. There's lots of different ways people feed their cats. For example, I feed my cat set meals 3-4 times a day and I only feed wet food.

    I've always been told to give at least one 3 oz can of wet food a day. It helps with hydration and also helps to keep cats from getting crystals and kidney issues.

    Cats that are free fed usually just graze. So they'll eat a little bit throughout the day so it's normal behaviour. You can just give maybe a 2-3 tbsp of wet food at once a couple of times throughout the day. Or, if you find a wet food that Toby likes, it can become a routine for the both of you where you feed him the canned at a specific time every day.

  8. DreamerRose

    DreamerRose TCS Member Top Cat

    Dec 11, 2015
    Naperville, IL
    I've got a frequent vomiter too. There are all sorts of reasons for it - ate too fast, stress, too many treats (4-5). Wet food stays down better, but he throws it up too. The vet suggested I run Feliway all the time, and that does seem to help.

    I've got a lot of carpet, so during one period when he was constantly vomiting, I sat him down and had a long serious talk with him. I explained he was throwing up too much, and to please try to keep it down. And if he couldn't, then please head for the tiles in the foyer or the kitchen. He listened very carefully to everything I said, and believe it or not, it stopped the vomiting for a month or two. Come to think of it, the last two times happened in the foyer and the kitchen.

  9. daftcat75

    daftcat75 TCS Member Top Cat

    Sep 7, 2018
    Can you have a talk with my Krista? She finally has learned not to vomit from heights after her cat Gallagher episode. The splash zone was huge! But just the other morning I woke to her retching on the bed next to me. I picked her up still retching and tossed her off the bed just in time for that barf grenade to explode at ground level. Whew! Ugh!
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  10. cheesycats

    cheesycats TCS Member Alpha Cat

    Jan 29, 2017
    My female scarfs and barfs dry food, sometimes it’ll be hours after and still completely undigested. I’m convinced all dry food is just extremely hard on cats. It’s just so unnatural for them.
    A decent quality budget friendly canned food is fancy feast. You can do two meals of wet a day and if you work (or when ur asleep at night) you can leave a little dry out. That’s what I do but I do it just so they don’t scream all night.
    If you choose to keep dry food an option pleasssse feed something better quality. Meow mix dry is pure junk. Take a look at merrick, nature’s variety, tiki cat, applaws, or dr elseys dry. Better quality food you’ll feed less, have smaller, less frequent, less smelly poop, a softer coat that sheds less, and a healthier cat in general.

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