Cat vomiting is common. So how can you tell if it is normal or a cause for concern? This depends on so many factors, a single article on the subject cannot do it justice. However, there are a few broad aspects to consider, which may be helpful to you.
Cats vomit up anything that remotely upsets their stomach. This can be a very healthy way of remaining healthy, or a sign to let you know all is not well.
Lets first look at those areas not to worry about.
All cats vomit up hairballs when their coats change according to the season. So early spring and autumn will always be a time of increased vomiting. This is entirely natural, normal and should not be interfered with.
Obviously the long haired cats need a bit of help, with regular brushing at these times. Long haired cats are bred that way, they do not occur in nature, or at least not as long as is common in some breeds.
Sometimes food will be vomited up with the hairball. This normally means that the timing of the meal was not perfect. The hairball needed to come out, so regardless of what else is in the stomach, out it comes. Again, this is entirely normal and natural and should never be interfered with.
A cat with free access to grass will occasionally vomit up the grass with a little saliva. This has a natural cleansing function and is no cause for alarm. It should also be encouraged, despite the mess it creates. So inside cats should have access to healthy grass. If you have a pot, this needs to be periodically taken outside to replenish it.
Whilst it may be messy, having a cat vomiting indoors, it’s part of having a cat in your life. It’s best to take the bad parts along with the good.
Now let’s examine the times when a cat vomiting indicates a cause for concern.
Frequent vomiting, such as minutes apart, hours, even days does indicate a deeper problem. Food will be purged back up when the quality is not good or when your cat is feeling below par. Vomiting can indicate an acute problem such as food poisoning or a serious or chronic problem with the liver or stomach.
Although this may require professional help, the first thing to consider is what went before this. That is often the key to the problem. Reverse this, if you can, and the problem may disappear. However, some health issues can develop slowly, over time making isolating the cause more tricky.
In many situations, you can stop your cat vomiting altogether by changing her diet to a quality, natural one. Even when the condition is serious a quality, natural diet can make the difference of bringing hope to an otherwise hopeless situation. Many cats make a miraculous recovery, even from apparently impending death, simply by switching the diet to a quality, natural one.
Veterinary treatment for a cat vomiting tends to be suppressive, with anti-nausea and anti-spasmodic medication. This does not get to the cause of the problem and can be liver toxic and immune suppressive, creating more problems for the future.
Homeopathic treatment works by allowing your cat’s immune system to work out best what it should be doing. Homeopathy is non-toxic and without side effects. And the good news is that cats are very well disposed to take the appropriate remedy. It doesn’t have to be hidden in food, to trick them.