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What is Chronic Vomiting?

Chronic vomiting is not a condition by itself, but may be aChronic vomiting is not a condition by itself, but may be accompanied by other symptoms and is often symptomatic of other conditions.

Occasional vomiting in cats is not always a sign of a serious disease, particularly if the vomit contains clumps of hair. However, chronic vomiting, or vomiting that lasts more than three days or occurs more than once a week, can be an indication of a serious condition. Persistent vomiting for several days can lead to dehydration and, if left untreated, may become life threatening.

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Symptoms of Chronic Vomiting in Cats

Aside from the obvious act of vomiting, other signs of a serious condition may accompany the chronic vomiting. If any of the following symptoms are present in your cat, consult your vet immediately:

  • General weakness or lethargy
  • Signs of nausea
  • Frequent licking of the lips
  • Excessive salivating and/or swallowing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Signs of pain

If you live in a multi-cat household and all your cats are suffering from chronic vomiting, you should seek immediate veterinary attention as this could be a sign of a contagious condition.

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Causes of Chronic Vomiting in Cats

There are many causes of chronic vomiting in cats. In some cases, it may be a result of intolerance to their diet or other types of intestinal upset. However, chronic vomiting may also be a sign of serious conditions like bacterial infections, obstruction of the intestine, the presence of a parasite in the digestive system, bowel disease, or certain types of cancer.

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Diagnosis of Chronic Vomiting in Cats

The vet will first assess the cat’s health through a physical examination. They will ask you about your cat’s health history as well as any events that may have caused the vomiting. Be sure to answer all their questions, and be prepared to provide a list of your cat’s medications if they are taking any.

The vet will then conduct a range of tests in order to pinpoint the cause of the chronic vomiting. These may include fecal analysis, blood tests, x-ray, ultrasound, and biopsies. Blood and fecal tests will identify parasites or bacterial infections. If none are present, the vet may use an ultrasound or x-ray to determine whether or not there is a foreign object lodged in the digestive system. If these tests still don’t reveal anything, the vet will then take a biopsy to determine if your cat’s chronic vomiting is caused by cancer.

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Treatment of Chronic Vomiting in Cats

The method of treatment will vary based on the cause of the vomiting. In almost all cases of chronic vomiting, your vet will suggest strictly feeding your cat a bland diet, often of boiled chicken and rice. However, your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment based on the diagnosis.

Diet Intolerance

If the vomiting is a result of diet intolerance, the vet may prescribe anti-nausea and anti-vomiting medication in addition to dietary changes.

Disease

In many cases of chronic vomiting caused by disease, treatment may be more aggressive depending on the disease. Hospitalization and intravenous fluid therapy may be required to restore electrolytes and fluids lost during vomiting. In some cases, you may be able to treat your cat at home with the help of prescribed drugs.

Infection

Bacterial infections are often treated through the use of antibiotics. If parasites are present, these can be eradicated through the use of anti-parasitic or deworming medications.

Obstruction

If an x-ray or ultrasound shows an obstruction, removing it will generally require surgery. Your vet will discuss specific options with you, including anesthesia and recovery times based on the type of obstruction.

Cancer

Depending on the location and stage of cancer, treatment methods may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment. Your vet will discuss your options with you based on your cat’s specific needs.

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Recovery of Chronic Vomiting in Cats

Your cat’s prognosis will depend on the cause of the vomiting. In most cases of chronic vomiting that are not life threatening, the prognosis is good.

Be sure to follow all your vet’s instructions regarding treatment and recovery carefully. If your cat is on an antibiotic regimen, it is imperative that you administer the medication for the entire duration of the recommended treatment period. Failure to do so could result in aggressive recurrence of the infection and symptoms.

If your cat has had surgery, ensure that they do not irritate the surgery site. After any major operation or procedure, you’ll need to provide a warm, safe place for your cat to rest. Additionally, you should ensure that clean drinking water is always available and accessible. Before you make any changes to your cat’s diet, consult your vet first. They will be able to advise you on special dietary modifications. 

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Chronic Vomiting Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Sparkles

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Bombay Mixed

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7 Years

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Do you have any idea what may be wrong with my cat? My cat used to be very active and antisocial...recently, she has been sleeping a lot, vomiting, whining at night, and has become very clingy. This is very unusual of her. If you have any idea what may be wrong or any ideas on how we can help that'd be great.

April 29, 2018

Sparkles' Owner

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Unfortunately vomiting, lethargy and behavioural changes are vague symptoms and are common with many many different conditions; infections, parasites, foreign objects, obstructions, liver disease, kidney disease, hormonal conditions among many other conditions may lead to these symptoms. You should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms and to get treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

April 29, 2018

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Jax

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Pixie-bob

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2 Years

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My 2 year old Pixie-Bob male cat has been throwing up bile since yesterday. We noticed him acting different on Friday, but thought he was just tired. Now, we are very concerned and scared. He is not eating or drinking. We've put water in his mouth with a medicine dropper. He's so tired and will either lay in the bathroom, the bathtub, hallway, or kitchen. We have another cat, his brother, and he is perfectly fine. Over the past month and a half, Jax has thrown up his food once a week, but we just thought he had eaten too fast. I intend to take him to our vet tomorrow. What should I expect when I go? What are the possible conditions he could have?

Jan. 7, 2018

Jax's Owner

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There are many different possible causes for vomiting which may include hairballs, infections, parasites, foreign objects, dietary intolerance, acid reflux, tumours among other causes; your Veterinarian will perform a thorough examination and may recommend tests (blood tests, faecal tests, x-rays etc…) based on the finding of the physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Jan. 8, 2018

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