Chronic Vomiting in Cats – No, It’s Not Normal!

Chronic Vomiting in Cats – No, It’s Not Normal!

I have heard from cat owners who say they believe their cat’s chronic vomiting is a normal occurrence.  It definitely is not! If your cat experiencing nausea on a regular basis, it is time to look at the diet and your cat’s overall health. There are several reasons why this scenario occurs:

1. Enzyme deficiency. Often, these cats are looking for any way to add a digestive aid to their diet. They may be excessive grass eaters. They may even try to eat inedible objects. These behaviours are not something to ignore. If an animal has no access to dietary enzymes, the whole organism is compromised and this can lead to disease of the internal organs. If your cat eats only a dry or cooked diet, there are no live enzymes in the food.

2. Liver disease. The liver is not functioning correctly due to toxic overload. Diet can play a major role in dampening the liver’s ability to function well. Cats are predisposed to liver dysfunction when they are fed an improper diet. Liver distress can lead to liver disease if it is ignored. Felines are prone to diseases of the liver including hepatic cancer, lipidosis, and hepatitis. All of these can cause vomiting.

3. Dehydration. Cats are particularly vulnerable to systemic dehydration. Naturally, felines have a low thirst drive and will only drink water when they are extremely dehydrated already. Do you see your cat drinking water every day? This is a big red flag.

4. Metabolic disease. Underlying metabolic disease is a common contributor to nausea and vomiting. If you haven’t recently taken your kitty for a veterinary check up and blood work, it is time to book an appointment.

5. Kidney disease. Kidney disease is the number one most common feline disease. It affects hundreds of thousands of cats and the risk can be greatly reduced with a proper diet and other preventative measures. Early stage kidney disease is much easier to manage so make sure you rule this out with your vet as a cause of your cats’ vomiting.

If your cat is experiencing chronic nausea, your cats’ care may need a few adjustments. Diet is first and foremost. If your cat is not eating a biologically appropriate diet, switching can make all the difference. In order for a feline to have a happy digestive system and happy organs, they must eat foods that are appropriate for cats. Processed grain is not one of those things and it makes up the majority of most commercial dry cat foods. Dry foods are also, by nature, not easily digested. Cats must consume water with their food and be properly hydrated during the digestion process. Add the chemical preservatives, dyes and low-quality protein and you are asking for trouble at some point in your cats' life. If your cat is already on raw and still experiences frequent vomiting, you may need to supplement with a digestive enzyme. Some animals are deficient in enzymes and may need supplementation in order to catch up. If your cat has eaten dry food in the past, this may be the case. If you are doing all of these things already, a full veterinary examination and blood work is the next step to determine if there is any issue with your cat’s organ and endocrine function. There are a number of diseases that can affect your cat’s digestion and well-being.

Frequent vomiting in cats is not to be taken lightly. It is not healthy or normal and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent more deep-seated disease. For free nutritional counselling, you can email me at [email protected]

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