Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Fifteen Year Old Cat Vomiting
    An_249411 posted:

    I'm new here, so I'm hoping I'm doing this right. Anyway, my dear fifteen year old cat seems fine -- she's very alert, curious about food, happy to eat, and still meows at us and purrs. Her one problem is that she vomits every other day, if not daily. It's not ever blood, foam or bile, but partially digested food. She's vomited a lot her whole life, but it's just become more excessive. She's still urinating and defecating. I would take her to a vet, but we live about an hour away from any vets and car rides have always stressed her out, so I thought I'd seek any opinions here first. (At first I thought kidney failure, but vomiting is her only symptom.)

    Thank you very much.
    Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
    Vomiting is the most common symptom in the world — almost any disease can cause vomiting including kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc. In a 15 year old cat, these are all possible, but there are other diseases that are not serious, such as hairballs, that can also cause a cat to vomit food. While there's no diagnostic test for hairballs (and many cat with hairballs don't throw up hair) it's simple to treat for this with a hairball laxative. Ask your veterinarian which one they recommend and follow their directions closely. It usually works within 48 hours so if she's still vomiting after that, it's probably not hairballs and she really needs to be examined by your veterinarian.

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

    Helpful Tips

    Helping Hospice Patients Keep Their PetsExpert
    Pets are an extremely important part of our lives. And this is especially true when we are at the end of our days. What could be more ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    35 of 47 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Learn more about the AVMA

    WebMD Special Sections