What should I do if my cat keeps being sick?

Posted by Nurse Whiskers. September 12th 2015.

It’s not uncommon for your cat to be sick from time to time and usually nothing to worry about.

It is, however, something worth keeping an eye on, just in case the vomiting is a symptom of a more serious condition.

You should try to make a note of how often your cat keeps being sick, what he or she is bringing up and how much of it is being produced.

You will probably get some warning when your cat is about to be sick – hopefully enough time for you to take action to protect your carpets.

His or her abdomen may contract and you might notice a bobbing of the head.

Your cat being sick after eating is usually nothing to worry about, but it could be a sign of an underlying condition.

Cat vomiting – possible causes

Anything that causes discomfort or irritation could cause your cat to be sick.

Possible causes for cat vomiting include: parasites or worms, fur balls or a foreign object such as child’s toy.

It could also be simply that your cat has eaten food that disagrees with him or her. You should consider whether you have recently switched to a different kind of cat food or dietary supplement.

It is less common but there can be more serious causes for vomiting, particularly in older animals. The vomiting could be a sign of kidney or liver problems or a cancerous tumour, which is why you should visit your vet if you’re worried. If you’re an Argos Pet Insurance customer, ring Vetfone and discuss your concerns.

 

If your cat keeps being sick, then you should see a vet as soon as possible

What should I do if my cat keeps being sick?

If your cat continues to vomit and is struggling to keep even water down, then you should see a vet as soon as possible. This is also true if you notice any blood in the sick.

More often than not, though, the problem will be a minor one that will pass but there are some things you can try at home to ease your cat’s recovery.

If you think something in your cat’s food might be the source of the problem, try removing it from their diet and see if there is any improvement. By process of elimination, you may be able to work out what the issue is.

You can try removing food trays but keep their water available. If there is no vomiting, reintroduce food gradually, perhaps a teaspoon every few hours. Try this for a day and, if your cat is no longer being sick, return to the normal feeding patterns.

What will happen if my cat needs to see a vet?

A lot will depend on the course identified by the vet. Just like when you go to hospital, a series of tests may be necessary, ranging from X-rays to blood tests.

If the vet believes your cat has swallowed something he or she shouldn’t, then surgery might be needed to remove it.

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