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Q. My cat is vomiting, what might be the cause and what should I do about it?

Answered By
CLAUDIA FIORAVANTI

A. Vomiting in cats is the active expulsion of stomach content and it is typically preceded by nausea and retching. It is not a diagnosis in itself, and occasional vomiting in an otherwise healthy cat may not indicate anything abnormal.

Common gastrointestinal causes of vomiting in cats include :

- Gastrointestinal disease: bacterial, viral, parasites.
- Obstruction: foreign body, intussusceptions.
- Neoplasia: lymphoma.
- Inflammation: gastritis,inflammatory bowel disease.
- Dietary: food intolerance, food allergy.

Non gastrointestinal causes include:

- Renal disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetic ketoacidosis, urethral obstruction,hepatic disease, pancreatitis, peritonitis.
- Drugs (NSAID's, antibiotics) or plants (lily).
- Neurological conditions, i.e. vestibular disease.

Younger cats are more likely to have ingested a foreign body, whilst older cats are more likely to have systemic disease.

Treatment will vary according to the underlying condition. If a specific cause can


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