Q. My 15 year old Maine Coon is having trouble holding food down. It isn't everyday but does seem to be getting worse. What is wrong and what can I do?
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. Older cats can suffer from Hyperthyroidism, which often makes them eat voraciously and vomit their food. This can be ruled out via a blood test. Hyperthyroidism should be treated as it can cause heart disease, and Main Coons are susceptible to that anyway. Also breed specific intestinal problems can be the cause as can chronic pancreatitis. Split your kitty's food into 3-4 portions spread out over the day, and see if that helps. If the vomiting persists, make sure you take him to a vet for an exam.