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Vomiting Cats And What To Do To Help

gray-kitten2.jpgJust about every cat I’ve ever known vomits now and then. Usually it’s because he’s eaten too fast, or hogged down too much food. He may have eaten something, like a frog, that disagreed with him. Or he may have run around with a too-full stomach, or played too rough with you or another cat.

Usually, a cat who upchucks now and then doesn’t have anything wrong with him. If he’s eating normally with no problems, having normal bowel movements (no diarrhea), and he’s his usual playful self, he probably got rid of the problem when he threw up.

However, if he keeps throwing up whenever he eats, or if he’s lethargic and has no interest in eating, take him to the vet for a check-up. Vomiting in cats can be caused by stomach and intestinal problems, or it can be caused by something else, like cancer, kidney failure, feline diabetes,or an infectious disease. It’s important to rule out anything serious.

When To Worry About A Vomiting Cat…

  • Dehydration is a concern if he can’t keep anything down. This is an emergency situation, and you need to get your kitty to the vet so he or she can start an IV.
  • If your kitty doesn’t want to move, and just wants to slink off by himself and hide somewhere, he may be pretty sick. A lethargic cat who has been vomiting for several hours needs to go to the vet.
  • Any cat who is losing weight, or has diarrhea, or has blood in his vomit should be seen by the vet.

How Do I Take Care Of My Sick Kitty?

The best thing to do is to take away his food and water for three or four hours. This helps his stomach to settle down and recover. Don’t worry, he won’t starve in a few hours!

If he hasn’t thrown up again at the end of this time, offer him two or three tablespoons of water. If he keeps it down, give him a little more water in twenty minutes.

Once he’s doing good at keeping the water down, try a mixture of boiled rice or potatoes mixed with lean hamburger, skinless chicken or cottage cheese. You can gradually start feeding him his regular diet over the next day or two.

What About A Cat Who Is Always Throwing Up?

Some kitties seem to have more digestion problems. Your vet may treat a cat like this with anti-inflamatories, corticosteroids, drugs that suppress the immune system, antibiotics and other medication that relieve his symptoms, but don’t cure the problem. While these drugs can help, they do come with side effects. Some of these drugs can cause your kitty to have more problems with his digestion, while immunosuppressant drugs can lower his resistance to illness.

To treat your cat holistically, you need to look at him as a whole, instead of focusing on his symptoms. There may be an underlying cause for the vomiting, like a food allergy, poor diet, overuse of antibiotics, or too many immunizations.

How Can I Help My Kitty?

The first area you should always look at is his diet. Many holistic practitioners believe that a raw diet is best for cats, since kitties have sharp teeth, strong digestive secretions for digesting raw meat, and short intestines. Most commercial dry cat foods on the market are very high in carbohydrates. Since cats were never meant to eat a diet high in carbs, this leads to feline obesity, and can cause digestive problems in sensitive felines.

Don’t change your kitty’s diet suddenly, because this can lead to more digestive upsets. Gradually reduce the commercial foods and replace them with fresh, raw, unprocessed foods. It’s OK to vary his diet, but watch for food allergies.

Regular exercise is vital. Your feline friend will have a better appetite, and his body will function better, too. Plus it reduces stress. We could all use less of that!

Try to get your kitty outdoors, if possible. All cats and dogs will naturally eat herbs and grasses that make them vomit. This cleans out their systems by getting rid of excess bile, mucus and other impurities. This is a natural process, so don’t stop your cat from eating these plants.

Add green sprouts to your pet’s food every day to improve digestion and supply much-needed vitamins, amino acids and trace elements.

You may want to talk to a holistic veterinarian about the health problems associated with routine vaccination and regular antibiotic use.

Is There An Herbal Remedy For Vomiting Cats?

PetAlive Digestive Support is a highly recommended herbal remedy for naturally treating digestion problems in cats and dogs. Whether your cat suffers from a chronic problem like gastritis, peptic ulcers, esophagitis, IBS, colitis, enteritis, or bloating, or has just eaten something that disagreed with him, PetAlive Digestive Support can help.

This herbal remedy contains licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow, three herbs that soothe and protect the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract.

Does It Really Work?

Read what other cat owners are saying about PetAlive Digestive Support:

“Our much loved family cat has always had a difficult stomach and vomited at every turn. She has been on a restricted diet for many years, yet still always battled to keep down her food. Stress, weather – anything seemed to bring on a bout of vomiting. I wanted to tell you how much your capsules have helped to settle her stomach. We have tried many things – diet, medicines and vet’s treatment but have not had the same success as we have now.” -—Deidre M.

“We have two Himalayan cats, one female and one male and will be getting another in about two weeks. We love our cats and they are like part of the family. When the female was about l0 weeks old she got loose bowels with mucous blood discharge, this became really bad every time she went to the litter box. We took her to a vet which put her on steroids and a medicine for loose bowels, this made her sleepy and the steroids carried the warning of liver damage and body shutdown later with early death.

I was searching for something, anything that would help her. I seen your ad on the internet and I decided all natural would be worth trying as it would not hurt her and just might help. I am very happy to report that after about three weeks of giving her your “Digestive Support” she is like a different cat, she plays with the other cat and is once again loving with us. She has normal trips to the litter box and we are really enjoying her again. Thanks again, you probably saved her life or at least added several good years to it. I give her half a capsule in about 1/2 tsp boiled chicken and she takes it very happily. I hope this helps others out there that are having the same problem with their pets. I am recommending it to everyone I see. Again thanks for giving us back our “Suga”.” -—Pat, OH

PetAlive will definitely be my first resort from now on, before spending money on expensive medicines. My animals are my world and the natural way just makes so much more sense!!!!” -—Gayle.

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  1. 15 Comment(s)

  2. By Paula on May 22, 2008 | Reply

    My 15 yrs. old feline vomits a clear liquid a few times a week. He does eat & defecate but at times has been constipated.Heeats grass & science diet food too. Is there a digestive problem here?

  3. By admin on May 25, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Paula,

    A fifteen-year-old cat who vomits more than a couple of times a month needs to be seen by the vet. Vomiting as frequently as this isn’t normal. I would take him to the vet for a check-up.

    Best wishes,


  4. By dawn on Jun 16, 2008 | Reply

    hi my name is dawn i have had my cat since i was 5 me and my mom cant afford a vet bill at the moment so what can i do to help my cat. she goes to her food but will not eat she gets a sick feeling when she goes near it. i have not seen her drink water since i got home from a friends house and she has a bump under her throat im not to sere if its a tic or not. when i asked her if she wanted some food thats not cat food she wanted to try it but she ended up getting sick and i don’t know what is wrong can you please help me thanks : Dawn

  5. By admin on Jun 16, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Dawn,

    I would try just giving your cat some water to drink and see if she can keep it down. If not, then wait three or four hours and try again. When she can keep the water down, try a little boiled rice or potato. You may want to mix it with some chicken broth to make it tastier, if you have any. You can buy a can of it at the store for probably around $1. Or you can use chicken bouillon cubes, which cost even less.

    If your kitty doesn’t get any better in a couple of days, you may want to try talking to a vet. See if you can clean cages or help out for a few hours in exchange for him or her examining your kitty. Don’t be afraid to ask–the worst thing they can say is “no”! And maybe you’ll have a part-time job if they like you.

    I hope your kitty gets better. It sounds like you love her a lot.

    Best wishes,


  6. By Priscilla on Oct 10, 2008 | Reply

    Hi.I have a kitten who I approximate is about 4 or5 months old. Today she has thrown up a few times (3 or 4). At first, it was just foamy stuff, but then it turned into clear liquid. Its not too much either,maybe a couple teaspoons worth. She had diarrhea once (to my knowledge). I didnt get to ‘investigate’ it because she covered it too quick. I am worried though because I have been searching the net for possible answers/help and have come across horror stories. I dont think she has eaten much or at all today, but I offered her some water which she drank, but then threw up a few minutes later. Any tips? I dont know if she just feels sick today or if there is something wrong with her and now I am stressing myeself out! Also she has been napping, but she was playing earlier. She usually naps/snoozes unless you are playing with her or in the kitches doing something that she wants to watch. Thanks for your time.

  7. By Andrea on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    I recently had a friend of mine look after my 3 cats. All of the cats have been away from home for short periods of time a few times a year. This was the first time at this one friend’s place. One of my cats started throwing up at least once a day, sometimes twice a day, while he was there. Most of the time the vomit contained hairballs and food. The other two cats haven’t thrown up at all. My friend says he didn’t get into anything. He hasn’t lost any weight and is still his energetic self. This is the first time were he has vomited every day for over a week.

    Any advice or suggestions? Thank you.

  8. By Jessica Welch on Jul 6, 2011 | Reply

    hi i have a 11 month old kitten and she just started throwing up and she only has thrown up twice but is making gagging/sneezing noises what could be the cause?

  9. By Tasha Wilson on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    My 10-11 week old kitten has been vomiting clear liquid he has done about 6-7 times in around 2 hours, he drinks alot but doesn’t eat much and is normally very happy and playful… we can’t afford vet bills at the moment is there anything we can do. Because it sounds quite severe from what i’ve seen from other comments? HELP. thanks <3

  10. By Courtney. on Sep 3, 2011 | Reply

    My cat is around five years old. For the past year she has been throwing up once or twice a day sometimes food is with it sometimes it’s clear and sometimes it has hair in it. We’ve token her to the vet and they just gave her a shot and that didn’t help. We don’t know what to do.

  11. By hamza on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    hi i have a cat male 2 years old he doing vomiting since morning what can i do know tell me its argent…

  12. By Katie on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    We have a cat at my moms house that keeps throwing up about 3 and 4 times a day for the past few days. He is eating fine and drinking water. We are moving soon in 2 months but we have not even begun to pack or anything else to make him upset. Me and my mother can not afford a vet bill and my cat is terrified to go outside. should I try to give him rice and chicken or something to see if it is his food that is making him sick, i dont think it has changed but i dont know what else i could try to do. He is miserable. If you have any reccomendations on what to do please let me know.

  13. By sam on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    hi i have a 3 month old kitten who has been wormed a week ago.he has been sick once today and had watery diarrhera,he does seem playful and is drinking water he also wants to not sure what to do ive been on the internet looking for an answer but cant seem to find one.can you please help

  14. By Mary on Jul 26, 2012 | Reply

    My cat is 14 years old. Every month and 1/2 to two months my cat vomits and has consipation. He does still have an appetite. He sleeps most of the day though and I am not sure if that is normal.

    I noticed today when this happened that he vomited right after he ate. Could be digestive problems?


  15. By Kelly on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hi my 6 month old kitty has been an indoor outdoor cat and than i moved to my moms where he is now a complete indoor cat however we have been here for about a month and a half now and all of the sudden he wont eat but he will drink a small small bit of water but then he pukes it back up in a couple hours. He usually loves human food but he wont even eat that and now he has diarrhea?? I dont know what to do im worried about my poor kitty :( please help! and i cannot afford a vet bill at all. What do i do???

  16. By Keshia on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have a cat, she will be one year old next month, she has been throwing up all day yesterday and all this morning. She hasn’t ate that I know of and if she has it was only a little not enough to notice. She has tried to drank a little bit of water but when she does she throws it right back up. She has been throwing up clear liquid. I am really worried about her, and i dont have the extra money to pay for a vet but if it is something really serious ill take her. What do you think I should do?
    Thank you very much!

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