How to react to the vomiting of your cat?
Posted on December 20 2018
During his life, your cat may have to return his meal or meals. In other words, he will vomit. The causes can be diverse and varied. Should you always worry about vomiting in your pet? From when should we be alarmed? When should I consult? What are the risks of long-term vomiting? We are trying to enlighten you.
Like in humans, vomiting is a natural reflex in your cat. It can be the sign of multiple causes, benign or more serious. Most often, you should not be too alarmed, especially if the vomiting is only temporary. However, when they become chronic or even continuous, then it is necessary to consult your veterinarian.
What is vomiting?
This is not a trivial matter since it is often easy to confuse vomiting with regurgitation . Regurgitation is also done for your cat to expel food. With the difference that this food has not yet reached the stomach. It is therefore a referral much less important and softer than is a vomit, often more spectacular. Moreover, vomiting is often preceded by other signs , such as drooling or swallowing.
Causes of vomiting
They are multiple. They can be mundane and transient, as more disturbing and lasting.
We immediately think of the famous balls of hair . These, which form in your cat's stomach after each wash, often result in one or more vomiting. However, your cat will resume his life once these balls of hair expelled, sometimes with a little food. There is no need to be alarmed.
Your cat may also vomit after swallowing food too fast or when he has done too much sport before or after eating. His stomach does not have time to store everything and he will return. Again, if there is no chronicity , there is no need to worry too much.
Your cat may also vomit if introduced too fast and not enough progressive food that he does not know or little. Any change in the diet should be introduced gradually . In the opposite case, you can trigger this phenomenon.
More serious vomiting
In case of ingestion of unsuitable foods or foreign objects and bodies , your cat may need to return more often. In this case, a veterinarian should be consulted as soon as the vomiting is repeated. The consultation becomes urgent when your cat vomit results from a food intolerance , an allergic reaction or a toxic food swallowed. Sometimes the life of your protégé is at stake.
Digestive diseases such as gastroenteritis, of viruses , bacteria and parasites can detracting stomach of your cat and induce vomiting. Never delay to consult. Your doctor may prescribe medication and will also limit dehydration.
Finally, your cat may also have a tumor in his stomach, or another organ. Vomiting may be the consequence of other more serious diseases affecting the pancreas, the thyroid or the liver.
How to react to vomiting?
In case your cat vomits once, but there is no follow-up, there is no need to worry. Just make sure that your cat does not start eating again so fast or avoid having him play sports after his meal. If there is no sign of any disease (fever, depression, diarrhea), no consultation with a veterinarian is required.
On the other hand, from the moment he begins to be lethargic , or his temperature rises, run to your vet.
In the vast majority of cases, vomiting should be followed by resting the stomach . Give him some water and start feeding him again gradually . His stomach should not be forced.