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My cat is throwing up about once a month?
An_248116 posted:
During the months that I have had my tortise shell cat who is now one, she has been throwing up. This doesnt happen every day, or even every week, but she does it once or twice a month. When she was about 0-3 months old she didnt throw up. We have tryed changing her food about 4 times. When we put her back on her food from when she was a kitten (royal canin) and that worked without her throwing up for one month, but the next month she threw up again. What do you think is wrong, or what can I change?
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
There are many people that think a cat throwing up once or twice a month is almost normal! Still, there must be something causing it. Vomiting is the most common symptom in cats and can be seen with almost any disease including kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc., etc. But most of these cats have other symptoms. In a cat with no symptoms and a normal exam, the most common cause of vomiting is hairballs. These cats throw up their food or sometimes hair shortly after eating but are otherwise normal. Ask your veterinarian for a hairball laxative to use. If this doesn't solve the problem within 48 hours, you should take your cat in for an examination.

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


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