Why Is My Cat Throwing Up?

Common causes and remedies for cat vomiting

Vomiting and cats go hand in hand. It could be because your cat ate something not agreeable to their stomach, or maybe they ate too much. Hairballs are also a very very common reason why they barf. However, in some cases it can indicate that something far more serious has happened.

Whether it’s a toxic substance they swallowed, or a medical condition that requires immediate attention. So how do you know when it’s time to go to the vet?

What are the common reasons why cats vomit? 

Cats can vomit for many reasons and it can be difficult to point a finger at the right one. Besides the random reasons which are not too serious, cats could vomit for any of the following:


The most common and easily diagnosable. Barf from hairballs is usually yellowish and foamy.

Undigested food:

If your cat did not digest their food, they may be throwing up food.

Food allergies:

This can also cause diarrhea, bald patches or itchy skin to go with the vomiting. Read more about cat food allergies here.

Ingestion of foreign bodies:

Cats may ingest something that they shouldn’t be.


This is not very common but can happen.

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Other symptoms associated with my cat throwing up

Vomiting alone is not the most accurate indicator of an underlying problem. There are other symptoms which you should always be on the lookout for alongside the vomiting to see if it’s time to take a deeper look. 

Some of these include:

  • Frequent Vomiting – Depending on how often your cat is vomiting, it could be an isolated incidence or a larger problem
  • Diarrhea 
  • Dehydration 
  • Lethargy 
  • Bloody Vomit 
  • Weight loss 
  • Change in appetite

How do I take preventative measures? 

A cat’s vomiting can be worrisome. But there are many preventative measures you can take to stop it from happening. 

  • Brushing your cats regularly to prevent hairball issues
  • Keeping your cat active and feeding her a balanced diet
  • Clean and frequent offering of water.
  • See the vet regularly

How do you cure cat vomiting?

Usually, if a cat is regularly vomiting, it is an issue that should be taken up with your veterinarian. If your cat’s vomiting regularly and continues more than 1 day in duration, it’s time to go to the vet.

Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian.

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