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What to Do If Your Cat Keeps Throwing Up

Does your cat keep vomiting? You might have heard that “cats just throw up a lot” (why do we love them so much again?) and while that can sometimes be true, there are a few things you can do if your cat keeps vomiting and/or having hairballs. Here’s what to do if your cat keeps throwing up.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
September 28, 2016

What to Do if Your Cat Keeps Throwing Up

Why Is My Cat Throwing Up?

If your cat frequently throws up, take him to the vet as soon as possible. While cats vomit naturally sometimes to clear their digestive tracts, it can also be a sign of something serious. Only your vet can tell you what’s going on with your cat. If you’ve been to your vet and she’s told you it’s nothing serious, ask her if you can try one of the remedies below.

Prevent Hairballs

The easiest way to prevent hairballs is to simply prevent the amount of fur going down your cat’s digestive tract. So if you don’t have a cat brush, get one now! Brush your cat daily, and follow it up with a swipe or two of a dryer sheet to get every last loose hair off your pet.

Fur-tastic Olive Oil

Add up to ¼ teaspoon olive oil to your cat’s moist food once a week to stave off hairballs. This is also an old remedy for making your cat’s coat extra shiny!

Stay Away from Cold Food

Cats tend to get upset stomachs from super-cold food. Prevent tummy aches (and, worse, vomiting) by letting the food warm to room temperature before feeding. Or, heat in the microwave for 5–6 seconds and then stir before serving. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you’re using your microwave for pet food!)

Whoa, Boy!

If your cat frequently vomits, it could be because he’s eating too fast. Sometimes, this can be easily fixed by leaving food out all day for your cat, so he doesn’t get too excited around feeding time. (However, some cats will overeat, causing them to become obese—make sure to check with your vet for what he recommends.) If you think your cat is eating to quickly, try taking the food away from a moment, letting him digest and see if he’s really hungry, then place the food in front of him again.

Try Some Natural Stomach Soothers

If your cat throws up all the time, you can try adding some natural remedies for nausea into her food. Try chopped up mint leaf in her food, or just give her an herb special to cats—catnip, of course!—before each feeding. Both can help your cat’s tummy feel better.

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