Owning a cat can be an adventure every day. But when that adventure is punctuated by piles of puke on the floor and throughout your home, you are likely less happy about the adventure and more worried about what is going on with your cat and their health.
Before you panic, get to know some of the things that you can and should do when your cat keeps vomiting. Then, you can do everything in your power to help your cat overcome these puking problems as soon as possible.
Know That Cats Commonly Vomit
Cats are, in general, prone to vomiting from time to time. Cats may have eaten their food too fast and thrown up, for example. Or your pet's stomach may be a little bit sensitive on some days.
Whatever the case may be, know that cats commonly vomit and that it may not mean anything serious. Do not panic or worry if you find one or two spots in your house where your cat has vomited in a day. The issue may resolve on its own.
Try a Hairball Formula Food
One of the main reasons that cats may end up vomiting is hairballs. If your cat has recently eaten and then gets a hairball from cleaning their coat, vomit will likely occur.
Visually inspect your cat's vomit, even though this is not a pleasant task. If anything resembles a clump of hair, you likely found the cause of the vomit. Even if there is no hairball visibly in the vomit, a hairball could still have contributed to the issue.
As such, one of the best things you can do for a cat that has been having occasional vomiting issues is to switch to a hairball formula cat food. These cat foods are designed to help prevent your cat from getting hairballs in the first place.
Hairball control cat food contains specific enzymes that are designed to dissolve hairballs or prevent them from forming in your cat's stomach. The result will be fewer incidents of hairballs being coughed or vomited up and your cat being happier and healthier overall.
Prevent Overeating by Controlling Food Availability
Cats can sometimes vomit because they overeat. Overeating is a common problem with cats. If, for example, a cat's food bowl was empty most of the day and the cat was hungry, they may overeat when you put food in their bowl to make up for the lack of sustenance throughout the day.
Some cats are also hearty eaters who will clean out a bowl every time you put it down. As a cat owner, you probably already know if your cat is this type of eater.
If your cat eats as much as you give them, try feeding them smaller amounts more frequently throughout the day. This can prevent your cat from eating a large amount of food quickly, and therefore could prevent vomiting issues.
If your cat is a steady eater throughout the day and gets upset when their dish is empty, make sure their bowl always has at least a little food in it. This can also prevent binging behavior in that they know some food will always be available to them.
For cats that eat too fast no matter how much food you give them, you can get cat food bowls that can help. These bowls are often called fun feeders and are divided bowls that make it more work for your cat to get to their food, forcing your cat to eat slower.
Go to the Vet
If your cat continues to vomit frequently (i.e. several times a day or for several days in a row), they may have an infection, parasite, or other health issue going on. In this case (or if you have tried all of the other vomit-prevention methods), go to your veterinarian's office.
The vet will run tests on your cat and possibly give them medications to treat the underlying vomitcausing condition.Now that you know more about why cats vomit and how to prevent it, take these steps to get your cat feeling better as soon as possible.