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How Much Vomiting Is Too Much Vomiting?

corvidae

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Feb 17, 2018
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Hi everyone! I've had my cat Jem since the end of August and he's such an important part of my family. Over the time I've had him, he's been vomiting occasionally within 10-15 minutes of eating- so just throwing up undigested food. He is very enthusiastic and scarfs his food really quickly, which I suspect is the cause for his vomiting. I would say it happens 1-2x a week. Otherwise, he is eating, drinking, using the litterbox, and being his high energy playful self.

Initially he was vomiting more often after his morning wet food meal, so I tried switching his mealtimes so he gets dry in the morning (fed in two small feedings, about 1/8 of a cup each - one in his bowl and one in a little feeding ball he has to push around to dispense) and wet food at night. He then would still throw up after the wet food occasionally, so I tried giving him tiny portions- dividing his ~3oz dinner into 1 oz servings and giving them 45 minutes - an hour apart. That seemed to be working for the most part but then this morning he threw up his 1/8 cup dry breakfast.

For dry food he gets Nature's Variety Instinct Rawboost kibble. He was on the duck formula, but after that first bag ran out I got chicken because they were out of duck. For wet food, he gets Holistic Select Feline pates of all flavours, and sometimes Fancy Feast (the classic/pate style ones). His vomiting doesn't seem to be particularly linked with a brand or flavour of food.

Any advice from more experienced cat owners than I would be greatly appreciated! I genuinely don't know what is "normal" in this kind of situation or what else I can try, as Jem is my first pet that is all mine to look after, and I'm a bit of a worrywart by nature.
 

Kieka

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It does sound like an eating too fast situation. Try putting ping pong balls or foil balls in his food dish to slow him down. You can also get a commercial slow eater. If that stops it you are good.

If slowing him down doesn't stop it, come back and let us know so we can brainstorm some other ideas.
 
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