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Why Does My Cat Keep Throwing Up its Food?


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In the world of pet ownership, cats often hold a special place in our hearts. Their graceful demeanour, soft purrs, and playful antics make them cherished companions. However, as much as we adore our feline friends, dealing with health issues can be a cause for concern. One common problem many cat owners encounter is their cat throwing up food.

Some cats may eat too fast, as stated above, or have a food allergy. If your cat is a habitual ‘scarf and barf’ cat, or if they have intestinal sensitivities, that may be causing them to vomit up partially digested or undigested food. If your vet has ruled out other medical issues and thinks that what your cat is vomiting up is actually food.

If a cat throws up, it involves lots of neck extending and strained gagging. At this point, your cat might seek you out. The cause of this behaviour often involves gastric irritation. This can happen if your cat eats too much food or eats it too quickly.

My Cat Keeps Throwing Up but Seems Fine:

  • Foreign objects in their digestive tract
  • Food allergies
  • Poisoning
  • Intestinal Parasites
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism

Reasons Cats Why Throw Up Their Food:

1. Ate Too Much

Cats can get excited about feeding time and slurp up their food with abandon. This can lead to throwing up right after eating.

2. Ate or Drank Too Fast

This becomes a problem in multi-cat households when one cat regularly eats the food of the other cats, causing irregular eating habits and food binging.

3. Hairballs

It is considered a normal procedure for a cat to swallow hair while taking care of itself, and sometimes cats vomit balls of hair.

4. Hard to Digest Foods

Cat has a hard time digesting them. If diarrhoea shows up as well as throw up, it might be time to switch out your food.

5. Ingredients in Food

Rarely pay attention to all of the ingredients on the label.  If your treats have emulsifiers, dyes, attractants, additives and preservatives.

6. Typical dry food label

Typical food, which high quality and highly rated, is still full of lots of added preservatives and chemicals.

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Understanding why your cat keeps throwing up its food is essential for their well-being. While occasional vomiting may be normal, frequent or severe instances require attention. By addressing potential causes and making appropriate adjustments to your cat’s diet and lifestyle, you can help ensure a happier, healthier life for your beloved feline companion.



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