Whoopsie, vomiting may not be the most glamourous of subjects, but how to treat and reduce cat vomiting IS however an important one.
Every cat-parent has witnessed those mournful meows, gagging, puking, pulling of faces and what not, just so your cat can casually (without a care in the world) strut away from the mess a few minutes later.
However, the real question is, how to tell if it’s just the occasional cough cough bleh bleh, a hairball or actually something serious?
Many cat-parents have accepted vomiting as part of the parenting package – as cats tend to sleep, purr, puke, hunt and repeat.
But let’s get real, unnecessary vomiting is no joke and educating yourself on how to reduce those tummy triggers is what we’ll be tackling today:
Repeated vomiting should never ever evuuuurrr be ignored, because it can actually lead to dehydration.
According to Dr. William Folger, a veterinarian from Houston, vomiting one to three times a month is considered normal. If vomiting occurs twice daily for two or three days, something serious could be lurking beneath the surface.
Remember cats are notorious for hiding illness, issues, aches and pains … so if you suspect something’s up, do consult your vet.
BUT, WHY DO CATS VOMIT THOUGH?
1. EATING TOO FAST
Yep, don’t we know it. Some kitties just love to gorge – especially when irresistible wet food or treats are being served.
In these cases, the mess on your floor isn’t actually considered vomiting, but regurgitation. But ok – tomAYto tomAATo. All you need to know is, when the stomach wall expands too quickly, a signal is sent to the brain to cause the gg ggg bleh. Anywiggles – it’s not cool and not healthy either.
However, plot twist, cat-parents should never assume regurgitation is always a case of eating too fast. It could be caused by a number of other things, including esophageal problems, obstruction of the digestive tract, hairballs or dehydration.
If you’ve started to force your cat to eat slower and there’s still an issue, please contact your vet.
Grass, carpet and toilet paper are just a few things cats may digest and later spit out. In these cases, vomiting is a protective mechanism – just mother nature’s way of flushing the system.
Of course, sometimes your cat’s curiosity can lead to more serious problems, hence the saying “curiosity killed the cat”. Things like string, toy parts and feathers can lodge in the stomach or intestine, causing repeated vomiting and severe distress.
So if your cat exhibits these symptoms, rush to the vet immediately; as surgery is often necessary to remove the object.
HOW TO PREVENT VOMITING
1. PREMIUM FOOD
PREMIUM FOOD is one of the most important ways to take control of stomach problems. Just saying.
2. SPECIAL FOOD
Feeding a special DIGESTIVE DIET that’s aimed at helping digestion is also never a bad idea.
3. SLOW DOWN THEIR EATING
Slow down their eating with smaller portions of food or specially designed BOWLS.
Cats will be cats, and you WILL be the proud audience member to the vomit, puke and hairball opera.
Just be vigilant, because after all, moderation is key – even when it comes to vomiting.
Use your newly learned skills on how to treat and reduce cat vomiting and Bob’s your uncle.