It’s not uncommon at all for cats to suffer an upset stomach – if you’re a cat owner, then you may well be wondering what to give a cat for diarrhea and vomiting. If it’s a regular occurrence for you, then you definitely want it to stop.
Unfortunately, there’s no miracle cure – much of the time, the best thing you can give your cat to stop it vomiting is care and attention. If you find out what’s causing your cat’s gastric issues specifically then you can do something to help, and both you and your cat will benefit!
Today we’re looking at some of the common causes of cat vomiting and what you can do to reduce the risks.
If your cat eats too much too fast, it will often regurgitate food immediately after eating. You can tell if this is the problem because of the proximity to feeding time, and the way the vomit will look recognisably like undigested food.
If this is affecting your cat (and you) there are a few steps you can take. Make sure you’re not overfeeding your cat – check how much food a cat of its size and age needs and don’t be tempted to go over this. Smaller meals given more regularly can also help to reduce this problem. If your cat is eating very quickly it may not feel secure in its environment. If you have other cats, try to feed the gorging one separately so it feels less competition for food.
Cats notoriously spend a lot of time grooming themselves, but this leads to them ingesting a lot of their own hair. Most of the time it will pass through your cat’s digestive system and become part of their stool, but sometimes – especially if you have a long haired cat, it can create balls in the stomach that need to be regurgitated.
There are several things you can do to help. If you buy a brush and groom your cat more yourself then you’ll catch more loose hair and prevent it ending up in your cat’s stomach. You can also try changing your cat’s diet – hairball preventative food encourages a healthy coat, meaning less loose hair, and also increases the amount of fibre in their diet, to help more hair pass through their digestive system healthily.
Food Allergy and Intolerance
It may seem odd, but cats can suffer from allergies, intolerance and simple likes and dislikes just as much as us. If you notice your cat vomits more after eating a particular flavour or type of food, it might be worth discussing with your vet. You should even be careful when you switch from one brand to another as this can cause an upset stomach as well. If you can, start with only a little of the new food in a separate bowl to the old one, then over the course of time, increase the quantity of new food and decrease the old one. It could take as long as ten days, but you’ll have a happier, healthier cat to show for it!