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I have a 3 year old cat which came to me as a rescue 2 and a half years ago. She throws up at least 2 to 3 times a week consistently. She isn’t ill and has regular check ups and vaccinations with our vet. I know anything with Salmon instantly makes her chuck so we stay away from that but other food she eats will sometimes sits well and other times doesn’t. They are only sometimes hairballs and I don’t know why she throws up the way she does. Does anyone else have the same problem? It’s driving me nuts cleaning it up all the time and most times it makes me throw up having to clean it up, (if the other cats don’t get to it and eat it up first). Why does my cat keep throwing up?


Posted by mom57598, 25th November 2014


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  • Years ago I had a cat like that and it really frustrated me as well. Our cat ate a lot of grass causing her to vomit… I know cats sometimes deliberately do this as grass nibbling may be of particular importance to outdoor cats who eat prey in order to get rid of any inedible parts that get swallowed (feathers, bones, etc.).


  • I have the same problem with my little dog. I now feed her a few smaller meals a day, rather then 1 or 2 bigger meals. This has minimised her vomiting but not completely stopped it.


  • If you have time watch to see if your cat licks her fur a lot? Do you brush or comb her at all?
    A friend’s cat won’t them toudh him but I use a flea comb and an angle, not that the teeth point straght into his skin. You may only be able to do it a couple of times then over a few weeks she may let your brush or comb her all over. She less she has to lick and clean her fur, the less likely she is to have furballs. As revulting as it sounds check if you can see any of her fur in her vomit.


  • There are a number of reasons. Hairballs can cause it but also eating too much or playing too soon after eating can cause them to throw up. If your cat spends a lot of time outside, it could have eaten something that hasn’t agreed with it. Cats eat grass to help tummy aches and digest food properly. Other reasons could be more medical. If you are really concerned I would take your cat to the vet and seek their help. There are just too many reasons for why she is sick so often.


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