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Q. My cat keeps throwing up dry or soft food

Answered By
JESSICA L DESROSIERS

A. Vomiting in cats can be caused by a number of reasons ranging from digestive upset or food ingredient allergies, to more serious problems such as blockages of food, hair or foreign objects, or problem with the motility of the gut. If your cat has not been able to keep any food down, it is best to bring him or her to your local vet. Your vet will likely recommend an X-ray to check for intestinal blockages or a back up of stool which can cause vomiting.

If the cause is a blockage of stool or other objects, enemas to remove impacted stool and stool softeners can help bring the body back to normal. Foreign objects in the upper intestines may need to be surgically removed if they cannot be passed.

For causes of vomiting such as hairballs, food allergies or digestive upset- switching diets to address the problem (such as a sensitive stomach diet or hairball remedy diet) or avoiding products with common allergens (wheat, corn, soy and sometimes fish products for cats) can help improve digestive health.


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