What to do when your kitty throws up?
Vomiting or regurgitation is common in the cat and happens for a variety of reasons – worms, hairball, obstruction, tumour, poisoning, constipation, illness, overfeeding, over-excitement or eating food that is too cold or too hot. In general, vomiting long after a meal is a more serious sign than vomiting immediately afterwards.
In fact, a cat’s stomach tends to reject anything that is indigestible. Examine the vomit to get an idea of what is wrong. Do you see matted hair, worms or a foreign object? Does the cat also act sick or feverish? In the latter case, call a veterinarian right away. Otherwise, give the cat a mild, recommended motion sickness or stomach settling tablet or a teaspoon of milk of magnesia.
If he continues to vomit or refuses cat food, call the vet immediately.
(Joan Henderson is based in Australia and she has judged furry felines in many other countries including USA, Bermuda, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Philippines and New Zealand)