Train FurKeeps Q&A: Why does my cat throw up after eating?


In January, Petfinder held a live Q&A on Facebook with pet trainers Andrea Arden and Mychelle Blake. We’ve been posting some of our favorite questions and answers here on the blog. Read all our Train FurKeeps Q&A blog posts here.



Q: My cat has a problem with throwing up after she eats. I’ve tried everything from changing her food to monitoring the amount of food, and the only thing that works is picking her up when I hear her gearing up to throw up. The distraction prevents it, but I’m not always home for that! My vet said she seems fine — no fever, passed physical exam, etc. Help! — Tristin E.

A: Some cats have sensitive stomachs and will vomit frequently, but there are some things you can try:

  • I would get a second opinion from a veterinarian as this is really an internal issue.
  • Your cat might be vomiting frequently due to anxiety, so your vet could consult with a behaviorist regarding anti-anxiety medication.
  • The vet might be able to prescribe a type of food that suits her stomach better.

Sometimes medical problems become behavioral as well, but the underlying medical issue remains, so be sure to thoroughly rule out all medical possibilities first.

Mychelle Blake, CDBC
Pet trainer and deputy director, APDT
Las Vegas

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