Cat vomiting can occur for lots of different reasons. Most cats will vomit occasionally, and usually it's nothing to worry about.
However, you do need to know how to recognize when it may potentially be serious, so you know when veterinary help is needed.
At first glance, this may seem a bit strange. Aren't the signs of vomiting pretty obvious?
They are, but the manner in which your cat is vomiting is a good indication of whether the cause is serious and requires a visit to the vet.
If the vomiting only occurs occasionally, doesn't go on for very long and your kitty appears bright, alert and well otherwise, there's probably nothing to worry about. You just need to keep an eye on him to make sure he seems OK.
You should also check that the vomiting doesn't become more frequent and isn't accompanied by diarrhea.
If, on the other hand, your cat is vomiting frequently and he appears lethargic, dull, reluctant to move and reluctant to eat or drink, you should take him to the vet as soon as you can.
Prolonged cat vomiting can cause other complications such as malnutrition, dehydration and problems with levels of essential chemicals in the body.
If the vomit contains blood, looks like feces or is very dark (almost black) in appearance, you should visit the vet without delay.
There are many different causes of cat vomiting, some a lot more serious than others.
If you have a vomiting cat and read this, please don't get scared by the length of the list. In the majority of cases, vomiting isn't serious. And the most common causes are the most easily treated.
Treatment depends on the severity and underlying cause.
Assuming there's no serious disease present, which requires treatment of its own, a cat that's vomiting frequently is usually given only water or a special drink from the vet which helps to keep the chemical balance in his body normal. This is given for 24 hours (no food), and then he's given a bland diet in small, frequent helpings. Once Kitty is better, his normal diet can be slowly re-introduced.
If the cat is very dehydrated, your vet may decide that he needs hospitalization and intravenous fluids.
As I mentioned earlier, please don't let the information on this page frighten you. Cat vomiting is usually normal, not serious and relatively easy to treat. However, if it seems excessive or abnormal, you should consult with a vet without delay.
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