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Why Does My Cat... Vomit After Eating?

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Have you ever gotten up in the morning or come home from work at night to be greeted by a pile of vomited food on the floor? If your cat vomits undigested food a short time after eating, you may have a serious problem, but not necessarily. Cats are known for eating things they shouldn’t (plastic, sewing needles, thread or yarn, you get the picture), so if something gets stuck in the esophagus or stomach, this can cause vomiting or regurgitation of food when the cat tries to eat.  However, if a healthy cat simply eats too much food or eats too quickly, the food may come right back up. So how do you know if you have a problem? Here are some tips:

  1. If your cat tends to eat very quickly, try feeding smaller, more frequent meals to help discourage gorging.
  2. Hair balls can cause vomiting of food material. If you’re unsure about how to manage hairballs, ask your veterinarian for advice. If hairballs don’t seem to be the cause, seek veterinary care.
  3. Frequent or abrupt diet changes can cause some cats to vomit food. If a diet change is necessary, try to do it gradually (over a period of at least a week or so). Don’t forget that new treats also constitute a diet change, so if vomiting occurs after trying a new treat, discontinue it for a while to see if the problem resolves.
  4. Cats that develop food allergies sometimes vomit after eating.

When in doubt, it’s always best to tell your vet what’s happening. She can determine whether you have a serious problem or not, and advise you about the best way to help your cat through this problem.

This article was written by a Veterinarian.

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Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

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