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