In most situations, a cat who vomits once or twice a year isn’t alarming. However, if they’re doing it weekly or even monthly, that is not normal. Cat’s bodies were made to be able to digest the food they eat and hair from their daily grooming. Vomiting is often indicative of an underlying disease.
Constant vomiting can cause esophageal, tooth and gum problems. Your cat’s stomach acid is very irritating to their mouth and their esophagus. The first step to fixing the problem is diagnosing the cause, which can vary.
Possible causes include, but are not limited to:
- Parasitic Infection
- Food intolerances/sensitivities
- Food allergies
- Immune system disorders
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disease
Often there are multiple causes, not just one, so being thorough is important when running tests. When choosing a vet, make sure they have digital radiography and ultrasound since these are most frequently used in diagnosing the cause of your cat’s vomiting.
Fortunately, most causes of vomiting are treatable and can be controlled.
It’s abnormal for your cat to vomit frequently. If this is happening, contact your veterinarian! It would be helpful to keep a feeding log, as well as a log of when your cat vomits.