Cats have a well-known habit of eating things that they shouldn’t, and part of being a cat owner is occasionally coming across an unwelcome hairball or vomited food on the floor. However, some cats experience more frequent bouts of vomiting, with some vomiting after nearly every meal. Persistent vomiting should always be evaluated by your vet as soon as possible. Here are some other steps you can take if your cat seems to consistently vomit after eating.
Try Feeding Smaller Meals
Many cats prefer to eat by grazing and nibbling on their food throughout the day. However, other cats lick the bowl clean as soon as it is filled. If your cat is a fast eater, it is possible that he or she is eating too quickly and is actually regurgitating the food. Feeding smaller meals more frequently can help to reduce this issue. Keep in mind that regurgitation means that your cat is not getting the nutrients he or she needs from food, so it’s important to work with your vet to get this habit under control.
Avoid Quick Food Changes
Cats have sensitive stomachs, so changing their diets quickly can lead to stomach upset and vomiting. If you have to change your cat’s food, do so gradually, over the course of at least a week. Mix the old food and new food, slowly moving from serving mostly old food to increasing the amount of new food. This practice is recommended for introducing new treats as well.
Practice Hairball Management
Hairballs don’t just cause the familiar hairball vomit that cat owners are used to. They can also be an underlying cause of food vomiting episodes. Brushing your cat regularly is a good way to control hairballs. Your veterinarian can recommend other hairball management strategies to reduce this common cause of vomiting.
Check with your Phoenix veterinarian at Horizon Animal Hospital if your cat is experiencing recurring episodes of vomiting. We can isolate the cause and help you find a treatment plan that works. To make an appointment, dial (480) 800-4559.