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What is Acid Reflux?

In healthy upper digestive systems, the stomach’s sphincter valve closes to prevent the digestive fluids from refluxing upward. However, the fluids seem to pass this sphincter when the acids residing in the stomach become too great, which is usually caused by dietary influenced gastritis. Overtime, the feline’s esophagus becomes inflamed and painful, a condition veterinarians term esophagitis. The smooth tissues become scarred and narrowed, and tighten to protect the acids from further damaging the esophagus, forever affecting the cat’s ability to easily consume food.

Acid reflux in cats is a condition in which fluids within the stomach flow upward into the esophagus. Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, veterinarians do not know the exact cause of this chronic disease, but hypotheses have been made. The up flow of stomach acid chronically irritates the esophagus lining, medically termed mucosa, causing clinical signs of regurgitation. 

Symptoms of Acid Reflux in Cats

Symptoms of acid reflux in cats mimic the clinical signs associated with human acid reflux disease. Vets assume a feline feels the same heartburn sensation paired with the feeling of a throat obstruction, which is why they display clinical signs similar to that of humans. Although the way a cat feels cannot be determined, cats do display clinical signs of acid reflux that clue pet owners in to an underlying problem. Symptoms of acid reflux in cats include: 

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) 
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss 
  • Pain upon swallowing (noted by vocalization or pawing at the neck)
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Salivation 
  • Drooling 
  • Frequent vomiting 
  • Chronic non-productive cough 
  • Chronic nasal discharge 
  • General discomfort 
  • Change in the nature of the meow

Causes of Acid Reflux in Cats

Acid reflux can affect cats of any breed, any sex or age, although acid reflux has been reported in more young cats than older felines. Felines that eat table scraps or have a diet that constantly changes are more prone to developing acid reflux than a feline that is fed a properly balanced diet. Acid reflux is also found in felines that are diagnosed with chronic vomiting and hairballs. Veterinarians have also hypothesized the possibility of a hiatal hernia being one underlying cause, as this hernia causes a tear in the feline’s diaphragm. Anesthesia is known to cause acid reflux in felines for a period of time following surgery, but this form of acid reflux is usually temporary and resolves on its own with time.

Diagnosis of Acid Reflux in Cats

Following a thorough review of your cat’s medical history and performing a physical exam, the veterinarian will proceed to perform logical diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of the problem. The veterinarian will likely request the following diagnostic tests: 

  • A CBC (Complete Blood Cell Count): blood test used to evaluate the number of circulating platelets, red and white blood cells. 
  • A biochemistry profile: a blood test that provides information on the level of electrolytes and gastrointestinal enzymes the feline is producing. This blood test also indicates the functionality of the cat’s organs and overall internal health. 
  • Urinalysis: examination of the urine to screen for infection, metabolic conditions and damage to the kidneys. 
  • Radiographs: thoracic (chest) x-rays of the chest containing the heart, lungs and upper digestive tract, and abdominal x-rays of the abdominal cavity. 
  • Endoscopy: the use of a fiber-optic camera placed inside the esophagus, lower airways, or trachea for evaluation purposes. 

Treatment of Acid Reflux in Cats

The treatment goal of acid reflux in cats is to address the underlying cause and protect the esophagus from further damage. Your veterinarian will likely recommend a dietary change, focusing on low-protein sources and feeding small, frequent meals. By decreasing your cat’s dietary intake, the esophageal sphincter can strengthen while the acids residing in the stomach will be decreased.  Additionally, the veterinarian may prescribe an antacid to reduce the amount of acids the stomach produces. He or she may also recommend a mucosal protectant to prevent further damage to the esophagus. A common esophageal mucosal protected medication is sucralfate. Lastly, drug therapy to improve the esophageal sphincter’s tone is often prescribed to cats with acid reflux, as it is beneficial to correcting the problem. 

Recovery of Acid Reflux in Cats

It may take a few weeks to a few months for a cat to fully recover from the symptoms of acid reflux. Acid reflux in itself may not be curable, but the symptoms can be managed with the prescribed medications to reduce stomach acid and protect the esophagus from further damage. Dietary changes and other recommendations made by your veterinarian should be followed exactly to gain the best prognosis possible for your cat.

Acid Reflux Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Deci
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licking "lips"
Neck stretching
Underweight
Crying

Our baby Deci send to have acid reflux or something like it. She will suddenly sit up and cry while stretching her neck and licking. She been examined and is healthy just underweight. Is there anything I can give her to help with this? I'm aftaid it's causing her to not gain any weight and I don't want her to be in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
Generally acid reflux results in the stomach being empty and there being an overproduction of stomach acid leading to discomfort, lip licking etc… normally feeding in regular smaller portions can help but you would need to speak with your Veterinarian about acid reducers if feeding in smaller portions doesn’t help. Also, feeding a different diet can help too; bland diets are usually better when fed four times per day in small portions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bakri
dsh
4 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mow
Weight Loss
Vomiting

hi my cat throws up 2 to 3 times a week and feels acid reflex as she howls. she become okay for few days and then again the symptoms come up.
we admitted her to the hospital on first instance , she did blood works, xray , ultrasound . everything was okay and they kept her on fluid for the night and she was okay next day.
is there a long term solution for vomit and acid reflex.
we changed so many different foods like prescription diet / grain free food / wet food but no difference observed . she still vomits 1/2 times a week.
do we need low fat or low protein diet ? or any recommendation of any medicine.
thank u for your help !

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout seeing Bakri, I can't diagnose or recommend any medication or food change, but there are prescription diets that are made for GI upset and can be fed long term, as well as medications that treat nausea. Since she was recently seen by your veterinarian, it would be good to call them and ask what might be given so that she isn't vomiting and gagging. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Quit-it
tabby
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordinated
Poor Appetite
vomiting white foam
Loss of Appetite
Burping

Idk if my cat has reflux or something more serious. Hes vomiting white foam, not eating much, is noticeable uncomfortable and clingy,and acts like he wants to spit up a furball but burps really loud. I cant afford a vet visit.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
There are a few possible issues which may be affecting Quit-It which may include infections, parasites, hairballs, foreign objects among other causes; you should ensure that is kept hydrated and try feeding some small boiled chicken chunks to stimulate appetite. However, if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
American Shorthair
Five Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sound of something caught in throat

I have a 5 year old short haired cat who for the past two weeks has had 4 episodes of a short "cough" like sound, seems a bit like he has something caught in his throat. It lasts less than 30 seconds and otherwise he is fine. He has been a lip licker and a bit of a drooler his entire life. He was seen by the vet and given an injection of abx, lungs sounded clear and no other URI symptoms. Is it possible this could be related to acid reflux? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Acid reflux is not a common condition in cat, but it is possible. Other possibilities might be mild asthma, a hairball, or a food intolerance. if it continues, it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian and assessed. They may want to take x-rays to rule out thoracic disease. I hope that he does well.

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Cali
mixed
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up

My cat has been throwing up blood tinged liquid for about 1 /12 years. Sometimes she will throw up her food as well and when she does that it comes up whole. I took her to the vet at that time, she was admitted over night for observation, she had blood work an exam and was given fluid. The next day she was sent home as they could not find anything wrong with her. I changed her food at that time to Wellness Complete Health Adult Health Salmon, Salmon Meal & Deboned Turkey Recipe Dry Cat Food thinking that might have been the problem. She was okay for a few months then started throwing up again. It is has been going on for awhile, some times it is days in a row, a few times a day and then she can go for a few weeks not throwing up at all. She acts normal before and after she throws up. I can always tell when it is going to happen because she will lick right before. She does not act sick at all, shes not lethargic, she runs around the house and plays. I am thinking it might be acid reflux.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations

It is possible that Cali has acid reflux, you can try settling her stomach using Pepcid (famotidine) at a dose of 0.23mg/lb (0.5mg/kg) an hour before food to see if it stops the vomiting. If Cali continues to vomit, it maybe that she has a food intolerance or an allergy to something in her environment; try changing her food to boiled chicken and rice for a few days as it is a bland diet which isn’t irritating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fido
Cat
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Hello doctor, I’m contacting with you from Iran. I have a 4 years old persian cat. My cat is extremely addicted to eating dry food (royal canin indoor long hair) and if i stop feeding him dry for, hi will not eat any other food, even for 1 week. He often vomits three times a month. Two times hair ball and a foam once. Sometimes after vomiting it may not be eat anything for about 12 hours . his veterinarian used sonography to diagnose and said i have seen a thick layer in his stomach and it may be a chronic reflux. I have two questions that veterinarians have not answered me right here. Does my cat need to take any medication? Is dry food harmful for my cat?

At the end, I apologize for that my English language knowledge was not good enough for writing this email

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a build up of acid it may be able to be controlled or managed with famotidine if your Veterinarian feels it is suitable; however there are other causes of stomach thickening, but without examining Fido I cannot be certain what the cause is. Your Veterinarian should guide you to a suitable diet like Hills Z/D and acid reducers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat was recently diagnosed with gastric valve disease and was given two shots and two antibiotics which seemed to help for a week or so but is recently sick again and can't hold any food down.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
If Lily is continuing to have trouble after the effects of the medicine have worn off, you should return to your Veterinarian for a discussion of the condition along with the results of the physical examination. Acid reducers may help, but I would recommend you speak again with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mikey
Ragdoll
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

throws up 3-5 hours after eating
Snores
tries to eat plastic, wires etc.
Lethargy
swallows very loudly

Medication Used

Enrofloxacin
Famotidine

My cat has been throwing up quite often for about 3 months now. we've brought him to two different vets and they both took blood tests as well as physical exams and found him to be okay. they've both prescribed medicines which did not alleviate these symptoms.
enrofloxacin and famotidine.

it seems as if he is more down, i.e. sad as of late which would make sense. I think he is constantly hungry as he throws up a few hours after eating. sometimes the contents include food, other times just bile, or phlegm.

we initially thought this had to do with him trying to eat unsafe items, (cords, plants, plastic) he tries to bite them more than swallow them, however we thought his symptoms were due to this, seems this is more a symptom than a cause.

he did collapse quite a few months before this started, (around 8 months ago) he meowed suddenly, and then fell down, he stayed this way for a minute and then got back up. he fell onto his side, both front and hind legs gave way, he was conscious the entire time. when we mentioned this to the vet they were't concerned...

we've tried changing his food a number of times. he only eats hard food. we've tried about 6 different types. i highly doubt this is the cause.

i don't want to keep bringing him to more vets just for them to prescribe something which has nothing to do with the issue.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The next step for Mikey might be x-rays or an ultrasound, if those tests haven't been done. A stricture, partial foreign body, or cancer are possible causes for this behavior. i hope that you are able to resolve this issue for him.

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Ghoul
dsh
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

losing his voice
extends his neck like a gag
symptoms are after eating

Medication Used

Pepcid AC
Sucralfate

Hi! i was wondering if food allergies could cause acid reflux? My cat was on dry food for his whole life until this occured. He would throw up, sound like he was choking, and would lose his meow. Since putting him on 1/4 a pepcid every other day as the vet suggested it has improved, but still happens on occasion. It happened today after he was given a freeze dried chicken treat. Im wondering if he could be allergic to chicken or if the freezedried treat could have irritated his throat. Im trying to avoid the scope because i dont have a ton of money so im trying to narrow down potential irritants. Do you think either of those things could be a cause? Thank you :)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1415 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I would think that the irritation from the chicken treat was more likely that cause than an allergy to the food. Without examining Ghoul, I can't say for sure, though, and it would be best to call your veterinarian and ask their opinion, as they have seen him, know more about his specific condition and health status, and will be able to give you more insight that I can. I hope that all goes well for Ghoul.

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Yolandie
Siamese mix
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Vomiting

I’ve been to numerous vets about my cats fluctuating vomiting and weight loss and they said acid reflux. I put probiotics with enzymes in her wet food but she is a picky eater. I use to keep her hard food out so she can nibble on when she doesn’t want wet food but then she pukes and the wet food dries out. What is the best hard food for reflux?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
It is more important to find a food which is tolerated well by Yolandie, however you may want to use a restricted ingredient gastrointestinal sensitive diet to see if there are any improvements in symptoms. There is rarely a one diet fits all solution so you should try her on a simple diet for a few weeks to see if there are any improvements, also using an acid reducer may also help but discuss with your Veterinarian especially if she is on other medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
American Shorthair
14 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat has times (much more rarely now than in the past) when she smacks her lips and swallows repeatedly. It can go on for a few minutes. (Today it went away when I gave her a plate of food). It looks like she has hiccups between the swallowing. She has IBD. Could she have GERD, too?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
It is possible that Lola is having some issues with acid reflux, you should think about feeding her smaller meals more often so the stomach isn’t empty for long between meals; see how she goes with the change in meal frequency but if there is no improvement you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you!!!!! I have noticed that she stops when she eats. Thanks for the help!

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Tillie
Cat domestic
16 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Previous loss of appetite, nausea,
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

0.5 Famotidine 5mg tablet daily

My cat Tillie is 16 and has recently been diagnosed with kidney disease following being admitted with dehydration and tooth absorption. She lost her appetite and I was struggling to get her to eat. Our new vet prescribed anti acid tablets and her appetite has improved and she is starting to put on weight. Two weeks ago she weighed in at 3.84kg. She hates taking the tablets. I have tried every way I can think of but every day is a struggle. She is prescribed half of a 5mg Famotidine tablet every day. My questions are does Tillie need to take the tablet everyday if her symptoms have improved and she is eating or will she deteriorate again without them? When is the best time to give the pill. If possible I give her the tablet (after a struggle) during the morning because I think it would help settle her stomach during the day and so she will eat. I just want to do the best I can for Tillie and would be grateful for your advice please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
Sometimes a cat will only require famotidine whilst they are not eating to help settle the stomach, once they start eating usually they can come off it unless symptoms return; I find that feeding smaller portions throughout the day (around four times per day especially one before bed) will allow the stomach to be not empty for long, but each case is different. You can try to go without the famotidine, but be prepared if symptoms return; if you are going to give it you should give it around thirty minutes before food (a small breakfast). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tom
Persian
Four Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent regurgitation

My cat has been throwing up for the past year. It’s never hairballs, usually just food, sometimes digested and sometimes not. Sometimes it’s even just transparent slime. At some point it would be as much as twice a day, others maybe once every few weeks. He has done countless tests and even a sonar as well as taking various medications but nothing ever helped. I live in Egypt and veterinarians here aren’t that great so please don’t advise me to visit one yet again. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
There are various causes of vomiting, all with different approaches to treatment so there is no one quick fix for this; causes include food sensitivity, infections, parasites, acid reflux, poisoning, hairballs (already mentioned by you), hormonal conditions, foreign objects, tumours among other causes. It would be useful to try to feed Tom in small regular portions throughout the day (like three or four times per day) so that the stomach isn’t empty and acid doesn’t accumulate; other than that, I cannot recommend anything else as I am unable to examine him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/vomiting.cfm

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Smokey Joe
Siamese
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Regurgitation

Smokey Joe has always eaten dry food. Now he is strictly indoors so I feed him Iams indoor/hairball formula. In the last six months or so, after he eats he acts like he is going to regurgitate the food, but then nothing. Could he have acid reflux? Could introducing wet food for sensitive stomachs help? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
There are various causes for this symptom and if a change of food correlates to the symptom then it may be worth trying about food (like the one mentioned) to see if there is any improvement. If Smokey Joe is still having some issues you should have him checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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poppy
Tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Vomiting
Sleepy

Poppy has been throwing up blood tinged liquid. She started around one and a half to two weeks ago. She hardly eats (even though she loves food), and sleeps all day. Even more than normal. She is normal very lively, though she hardly touches her favorite toys now. We took her to our vet, and they said her stomach got irritated by grass, and gave her acid reflux. We have been giving her carafate suspension and laxatone, but she isn't better. She is a quick healer, and we are starting to get worried. What can we do to help our little girl?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations

I would return to your Veterinarian as you would have seen improvement already if it was a simple case of gastric irritation. Foreign bodies, infections, parasites, ulcers, poisoning etc… may all cause these symptoms; a further examination is required to help determine the underlying cause, your Veterinarian may require to perform an x-ray to rule out other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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kunjika
Local
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

? difficulty to swallow

mat cat was on amoxicillin for a swelling in her face which appeared all of a sudden one day..it was aspirated and the fluid was reddish and infected so my vet started her on amox clav and it was countinued for 10 days..swelling subsided gradually.. but gradually my cat stopped taking food . she developed vomiting. now she refuse to take food (but drinks water, she had some difficuly to swallow) and looks so tired ..she had this increased salivation , drooling .. Is this related to gastritis

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
A loss of appetite isn’t uncommon in cats taking amoxicillin, however when they stop eating it can then be difficult for them to start eating again; you should encourage appetite using a different food, try using a smooth cat food mixed with water and syringed into the mouth or giving boiled chicken chunks by hand to her, also heating up food in the microwave like you would for a baby can increase its appeal. Acid reducers may help if there is some acid reflux, but I would recommend you speak with your Veterinarian first as they may decide to give an appetite stimulant instead. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

sir, you havent mentioned anything about drooling and excess salivation,she drinks water buy herself..

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Daisy
tabby
21 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

Omeprazole

My cat is 21 years old and has acid reflux. The vet prescribed her 1/4 pill of Omeprazole daily, and I can't get her to eat it. She hates the taste. I've tried treats, I've tried covering it in other human foods she likes. I even tried to ground it up and mix it into her favorite wet cat food. But she won't eat it. I have even gone as far as putting the pull in her mouth and basically non harshly forcing her to eat it, but she just throws it back up. I'm lost and don't know what to do. When she's not on the medicine she throws you constantly, and I feel so bad. How can I help or is there another way to get her to take this pill? Or is there a different medicine I can feed her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
The problem with omeprazole and other similar medications is that they were developed for humans and can be chalky for animals; there are other options available like a flavoured oral liquid from a compounding pharmacy (liket the link below) which may be better for you, but you would need a prescription from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.svpmeds.com/product/omeprazole-20mgml-flavored-oral-liquid-compounded-for-dogs-and-cats/

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Sonnie
American Shorthair
8 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Vomiting
Sonnie has thrown up for years. It's always clearly regurgitated food (rather than a mystery mess, digested food, or bile). He maintains a healthy weight. I've tried different foods to rule out allergies (the current one for the last 6 months being Blue Buffalo Wilderness dry) but he still vomits once a day to every other day. I've seen two vets. One said "some cats just vomit." I took him to another 4 months ago who ran blood tests then told me he's fine and didn't wish to discuss ideas with me further. My employer recently mentioned her dog throws up when his acid reflux is bad and I hoped maybe this was the answer. My only concern dietary-wise is that he has a history of developing crystals in his urine. Will a low protein diet put him back at risk of crystals?