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cat vomiting but nothing medically wrong
shellgg posted:
My mom's 1 and half year old female cat is vomiting a lot but the vet says there is nothing wrong with her. She's only 6 or 7 pounds so I'm guessing the vet could easily feel her stomach. She does eat a lot of grass when my mom walks her on a leash outside. Could this be what causes her to vomit? Maybe a blockage of grass or hairball?
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Welcome Shellgg and thanks for posting about your mom's cat. As it turns out, Cats Vomit for Many Reasons as this article details. Your mom did the right thing by having the vet check her kitty out.

You'll notice in the article it says, "The most common cause of vomiting is swallowing hair or some other indigestible foreign material, such as grass, that is irritating to the stomach." Did the vet suggest anything? Perhaps limiting the kitty's grazing?

Let us know how her kitty is doing,

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Yes, it could be. Vomiting is the most common symptom seen in cats and can be caused by almost any disease including kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc., etc. But when a cat with a normal physical exam and a normal appetite is vomiting, the most common cause is hairballs. While there's no diagnostic test for hairballs, it responds quickly to treatment. Give her an over-the-counter hairball remedy as directed on the label (your veterinarian or any pet store will have one.) If she's better in 2 days, she probably had hairballs. If not, she needs to go back to your veterinarian for lab tests to look for other causes. Of course, eating grass can cause vomiting and the best treatment is not to let her eat grass! (Isn't there an old doctor joke that goes something like this?)

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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