What Causes My Cat To Vomit?

What Causes My Cat To Vomit?

You Don’t Like Your Cat To Vomit

Not just because you have a mess to clean up, but also it is a bit alarming. You might worry whether your cat is alright or is the vomiting an indication of something serious.

That’s why it pays off to know what causes your cat to vomit. When you understand better why they vomit, you can have a better perspective when you should be worried and when you should bring your cat to the vet.

Thus, in this blog, let us take a look at some of the most common causes of cats vomiting.

What Causes My Cat To Vomit?


Hairballs are probably the most common reason your cat may vomit. Thankfully, this is just normal for cats. As you may have noticed by now, cats love to clean themselves by licking any part of their body they can reach. In the process, they swallow some hairballs.

Through vomiting, your cat is able to get rid of these hairballs from his digestive system. Since hairballs do not benefit your cat’s health, it is better to be gagged out. If your cat can’t effectively remove hairballs from his system, he might suffer from an intestinal blockage.

Vomiting hairballs should not be painful for your cat and passing it out should be easy.

What Causes My Cat To Vomit?

Health Problems

Checking the vomit of your cat can help you determine whether there is a more serious problem or not. Hairball vomit looks yellowish and foamy. However, if you see your cat’s vomit include a thick yellow bile, it could be a sign of kidney infection or disease.

Be more alert if your cat’s vomiting is accompanied by loss of appetite, lethargy, weakness, change in usual activities, and other abnormal behavior.

Undigested Food

Another reason your cat may throw up is that he eats too fast or moves immediately after a meal. Vets refer to this as regurgitation. When he throws up because of undigested food, it should not be a cause of alarm. What you can do instead is encourage your fur baby to eat smaller and more frequent meals.

What Causes My Cat To Vomit?

Food Allergies

If you notice your cat vomit after eating a particular food, he might have an allergy. You need to closely check your cat before and after eating. Monitor what he is eating to determine what food might be causing him to throw up.

If you are seeing your cat vomiting in addition to bald patches, itchy skin, or diarrhea, you need to discuss this with your vet. It could be a food allergy.

Ingesting Harmful Substances

Your cat may have eaten something that could upset his stomach. It could be spoiled food. In some instances, he might have eaten food harmful to cats such as onions, garlic, and shallots. Not only that but there are also plants that could be toxic to your cat such as sago palm, azalea, and tulip. You need to familiarize yourself with harmful food and substances to your cat so you can safely keep them away from your feline friend.

Internal Parasites

Though it’s a rare occurrence, it could happen. Your cat may vomit due to parasites inside his digestive system. You can ask your vet to check your cat and he will most likely do blood work or skin scrape to check for parasites.

What Causes My Cat To Vomit?

Taking Care Of Your Cat

Vomiting, in most cases, should not be a source of alarm. If your cat vomits and he resumes his daily activities, then he is most likely okay.

However, if you are worried that something might be more serious, then it is always better to err on the side of caution. Speak to your vet about your cat’s situation. Your vet should be able to tell you whether your cat needs further examination or not and make the right diagnosis.



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