cat throwing up food and what it possibly means


Cat Throwing Up Food and What It Possibly Means

July 20, 2016

If you are facing a problem that involves your cat throwing up food, you might need to know about what is the meaning behind your cat throwing up after eating.

It’s normal when a cat vomits at times but when your cat vomits frequently, it can be a sign of serious problems.

Here are scary things that can possibly cause a cat to vomit frequently:

There are various things that can cause a cat to throw up frequently. If you have a cat and you always want your cat to be in his or her healthy conditions, you have to read these explanations, write them down, and add them to your cat-related notes.

Diet is among the Very Common Reasons for Cat Vomiting

diet is among the very common reasons for cat vomiting


Note that if your feline friend eats rendered diet with poor quality, he or she has risks of vomiting. Rendered here means that the proteins in the food are actually not to be consumed by humans. Rendered food may consist of bird feathers, animal skin, bird beaks, eyes, heads, and hooves, which can be considered slaughterhouse leftovers.

Slaughterhouse leftovers mentioned earlier are actually protein. However, they are so difficult for a cat’s body to actually digest and assimilate. Thus, they can actually cause vomiting. Make sure you never feed rendered, poor quality diet to your cat.

Some kitties may develop allergies to certain foods and these allergies can also be reasons for intermittent vomiting.

If your cat seems to be find, doesn’t look ill, has an energy level that can be considered normal, and has a healthy weight, but throws up often, it’s probably time for you to consider food allergies as thing causing your cat to frequently vomit.

Food allergies can develop when a cat is given the same diet over and over. However, many cats refuse to consume other foods aside from the ones usually fed to them. That’s why changing your cat’s diet can be a very difficult task because your cat may refuse to eat when you change his or her diet.

Feeding your cat with the same kind of protein even though the protein awesome human-grade quality can eventually cause food allergies and GI inflammation. What’s important is not only the protein’s quality but deciding on frequently switching proteins as well.

It’s probably a good thing to do to switch your cat’s food to a human-grade food for cats, and then to raw food if possible. Giving raw food to your cat is probably not a healthy thing to do, though, since raw food might contain viruses that can invade your cat’s body.

Every three months, consider rotating to a different source of protein to prevent unhealthy food allergies.

Milk and Treats are Potential Culprits

milk and treats are potential culprits


Among the potential culprits that may cause your cat to vomit frequently are milk and treats. Cat treats, especially ones that are not good for cats. That’s why it’s important for you to look at your cat’s treats’ labels before purchasing them.

When you’re looking at your cat’s treats’ label, see whether there are things like ethoxyquin, FDC red #4, propylene glycol, surfactants, chemical dyes, or other things that are hard to pronounce.

If your cat’s treats’ labels have the things mentioned above, you should consider not giving the treats to your cat. The reasons are because those things are additives and preservatives that can cause GI inflammation and GI inflammation is something that causes vomiting.

That’s why you should be careful in choosing treats to purchase for your cat.

Milk is also among the things that can cause a cat to vomit frequently. Most mammals drink the milk given to them but it’s important to give mammal milk from his or her same species. A cat should not be given milk from a different species. If milk from another species is given to a cat, it can cause gastrointestinal issues.

A cat doesn’t possess enzymes that are needed to break down milk sugar contained in cow’s milk. A cat’s pancreas doesn’t secrete the lactase that is needed to break down cow’s milk’s lactose. That’s why it can actually be a dangerous thing to let a cat drink cow’s milk.

Eating Too Fast Causes Vomiting

eating too fast causes vomiting


The next reason your cat vomits is because he or she eats too fast. You have to know that your cat is quadruped. A cat’s esophagus is horizontal instead of vertical.

Thus, food that your cat consumes can actually slap against its lower esophageal sphincter and then cause regurgitation of undigested whole food some minutes after said food is consumed. Make sure to slow down the speed in which your cat gobbles up food.

Slowing down the speed in which your cat gobbles up food can be a problem if your house has many cats and your cats are portion fed, though.

After all, if your cats are portion fed, there might be a little competition developing and you might end up getting at least a gobbler. When you put down the evening or morning food bowls, the gobbler eats his or her portion very fast.

After gobbling his or her portion very fast, the gobbler will check everyone’s bowl to find out what else he or she can eat. If this happens in your house, you might need to feed your cats in separate rooms or areas so that they cannot see or hear the other cats eat.

It’s also a good thing if you can close the door behind every cat since it won’t take too long for the gobbler to find out where the other bowls are if he or she can still reach them.

The next thing you can do is giving your cat around 20 minutes of solitude to consume their portion uninterrupted, slowly. After 20 minutes, you can remove your cats’ bowls. Doing this can slow down the gobbler, as well as keep him or her from ending up getting fat. Doing this may also allow the cats that eat slowly to relax when they eat their meals.

However, there’s still a possibility of having a gobbler when only having one cat. If your only cat is a gobbler, you need to try another trick. You can split your cat’s meals into some smaller portions and feed him or her more often to make sure the food he or she consumes never comes right back up after he or she eats it.

The Importance of Timing

the importance of timing


Timing is very important in almost everything including in feeding your feline friend. Portion-fed cats that are fed at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., for example, will anticipate their next meals in advance.

Sometimes, they even anticipate their next meals way in advance. A cat owner might find his or her cat waking them at 5:00 a.m. since the cat knows that meal time almost comes.

When your cat does this, for the next hour, his or her stomach releases hydrochloric acid, bile, and gastric juices. They’re all needed in digesting your cat’s meal.

Then, if you don’t feed your cat until 7:00 a.m., there is a risk of your cat throwing up white foam and yellow bile in the time between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and it’s due to the fact that the hydrochloric acid in your cat’s tummy irritates his or her tummy.

The hydrochloric acid irritates your cat’s tummy and because there is no food left in his or her tummy that needs to be digested by the acid, your cat’s body will remove some of the acid in order to avoid further irritation.

It’s a wise thing to give your feline friend something to nibble on before feeding him or her. Try giving him or her a small portion of his or her meal or try giving them treats.

If your feline friend is prone to throwing up before meals, consider giving him or her treats ahead of time to make sure that the hydrochloric acid he or she produces has something to work on. Doing this can help decrease GI irritation and in addition, it can resolve problems related to pre-meal vomiting.

Enzyme Deficiency Might Cause Vomiting

enzyme deficiency might cause vomiting


Note that a cat’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough protease, amylase, and lipase sometimes and when this happens, an acute or chronic case of pancreatitis in a low-grade might occur.

Pancreatitis is quite common in cats. In fact, veterinarians imply that it’s actually more common than they assumed as an underlying cause of cats’ intermittent vomiting.

Consider adding a digestive enzyme to your feline friend’s diet. You might never need the enzyme but it’s a good thing to have it in case something happens in the future. Also, if your cat’s pancreas produces enzymes properly, adding additional enzymes to your cat’s foods is never a problem.

On the other hand, if your cat’s pancreas doesn’t secrete sufficient enzymes, it’s a great way of assuring he or she has adequate enzymes to process his or her meals by supplementing him or her with enzymes.

Hairballs are Also Causes of Intermittent Vomiting

hairballs are also causes of intermittent vomiting


Cats that have long hair and cats that groom themselves might swallow many hairs and the hairs they swallow can cause them to vomit hairballs.

If you have many cats, you have to help your cat by brushing them so that they don’t eat several cats’ hair every day. Remember that a cat’s GI tract is never equipped to handle the fur of eight other cats.

Aside from brushing your cats, you can also facilitate hair passage through them by adding fiber to their diet or using a hairball remedy that is petroleum-free.

Something you have to note is a fact that brushing or even shaving down hairy cats can actually reduce the amount of hair your cats swallow dramatically. Doing this also reduce the amount of hairballs your cats have to contend with.

Poisoning Can Also Cause Vomiting

poisoning can also cause vomiting


One of the causes of vomiting is poisoning. Poisoning can cause sudden vomiting in cats. Poisoning undeniably sounds scary and it brings effects that are really unpleasant. If your cat suddenly throws up, especially if he or she doesn’t throw up often, you have to be worried because there are possibilities of him or her ingesting toxic things.

Household toxins you should be worried about are plants. Make sure you know whether your cat likes eating houseplants or not. If your cat likes eating houseplants, he or she probably tries to compensate for lacks of certain nutrients which are available only by eating raw foods.

Cats do not have a biological need for what are called houseplants and they do not have houseplant deficiency as well. What cats have is a need for what are called living foods.

That’s why it’s important to consider supplying your cat with wheat grass or cat grass. This is a way to offer your cat living food. Doing this can help you to keep your cat away from household greenery that’s potentially toxic.

Aside from houseplants, other poisonous things you should be worried about are pesticides and chemical herbicides. They are without a doubt very dangerous and you should pay attention to your cat’s movement so that he or she doesn’t go near those things.

Household cleaners are among the poisonous things that should be considered dangerous as well. These things can cause vomiting if your cat ingests them.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Also Causes Vomiting

inflammatory bowel disease also causes vomiting


Your cat can also vomit because of inflammatory bowel disease. The disease encompasses condition such as IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, enteritis, pancreatitis, and gastritis.

Be careful in taking care of your cat so he or she doesn’t have to suffer from these conditions.

In short, there are various things that can cause a cat to throw up frequently and the things mentioned earlier are some of them you have to write down and keep in your notes.

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