Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. what causes a cat to gag continually

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. Gagging is a pretty broad symptom but this is a sign of either nausea of the pet trying to get something to come back up that is causing irritation to the GI tract. So some things that can cause this are gastritis (inflamed stomach due to dietary indiscretion or parasites), foreign body ingestion, hair balls.
If your pet is attempting to vomit continuously for over 12 hrs unsuccessfully then he needs to be seen. Especially if this is accompanied by vomiting, lethargy or inappetance. This is highly suspicious of a foreign body if he fits the criteria. A vet should examine him by palpating his stomach and potentially doing an abdominal x-ray to look for any foreign body's, so that they can recommend the next best treatment for your pet's care.

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. Usually nausea or hairballs. nausea happens as a result of wanting to throw up, this can be caused by a gastrointestinal condition, a tumor or renal failure.

Hairballs happens as a result of grooming, it's more common in long haired cat but can also occur in short haired cats.

If your cat gags constantly you should take him to your veterinarian and get him checked.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.