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Why did my cat throw up?
By Dr. Marty Becker, PhD, DVM, DACVIM
Question: My 1-year-old cat always throws up his food. It isn't normal, he was fine yesterday and he vomited and he didn't seem too good today. He is eating and drinking and now vomiting.
He doesn't look too bad, his eyes are open and his breath is ok. I thought it was a heart attack and took him to the emergency vet, I didn't think it was going to help. They did do an EKG and told me that the baby of two kittens has had an anxiety attack. My cat has always been a healthy, active cat and this is the first time he has ever experienced anything like this. Does this sound like a heart attack? Please help me!
Answer: Thank you for the question. I understand you are very upset and wondering what to do. It is always best to take a cat to the veterinarian who knows your cat and the veterinarian will know if there is a reason your cat is vomiting. Please understand it is important to call your veterinarian and not just take the cat there immediately. The next thing you want to do is start to find out a bit more about your cat's past. Was the vomiting sudden, did the vomiting ever occur before? Was there vomiting prior to the vomiting that you are aware of or was your cat fine and the vomiting occurred after you took him in?
Is your cat vomiting up only what he has eaten or has he vomited up food you have been feeding? This would cause you to worry about an allergy to the food you are feeding your cat.
Is your cat vomiting up what he ate the night before or did he eat and seem fine and then later vomit up what he ate? It would help to know if the vomiting started while you were at home with him. Your cat may have vomited up what he ate, is vomiting the result of an infection, a change in diet or another problem.
It is important to keep in mind that it is very common for cats to throw up for many reasons, and it is always important to find out what is going on. If your cat is vomiting up a lot of food, you want to make sure you are not feeding a dry cat food. It is also possible for cats to throw up for many reasons, and there may be nothing wrong with your cat. Please call your veterinarian and find out more about your cat's past health history and the vomiting. Your veterinarian will be able to better diagnose the cause of the vomiting.
If your cat has been vomiting for a week or more, you may need to have your cat checked by a veterinarian, and maybe even stay in the veterinarian's care for a few days to make sure there is no underlying medical condition. Please do not hesitate to call your veterinarian, and be assured your cat is in good hands.
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