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If your cat is throwing up, it is important to determine the underlying cause and seek veterinary care if necessary. There are many potential reasons why a cat may throw up, including dietary indiscretion, hairballs, infections, and underlying medical conditions. Here are some common causes of vomiting in cats and what you can do about them:
Cats are curious animals and may eat things that they shouldn’t, such as plants, string, or other foreign objects. This can cause them to vomit as their body tries to rid itself of the indigestible material. If your cat has eaten something they shouldn’t, remove the source if possible and monitor them for any signs of distress. If the vomiting persists or your cat is showing other symptoms, contact your veterinarian for advice.
Cats groom themselves frequently, and in the process, they may swallow a lot of hair. This can form into a hairball in their stomach, which can cause them to vomit. If your cat is throwing up hairballs, you can help prevent them by brushing your cat regularly to remove loose hair and feeding them a diet that includes fiber to help move hair through their digestive system.
Vomiting can be a symptom of various infections, including those of the digestive system, respiratory system, and urinary tract. These infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites, and they can cause a variety of symptoms in addition to vomiting, such as diarrhea, lethargy, and loss of appetite. If your cat is vomiting and showing other signs of illness, contact your veterinarian for treatment.
Underlying medical conditions: Vomiting can also be a symptom of underlying medical conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, kidney disease, or cancer. These conditions can cause chronic or recurrent vomiting and may require diagnostic testing and treatment from a veterinarian.