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What is Regurgitation?

Regurgitation is the passive expulsion of fluid, food and other materials from the esophagus, or pharynx. Regurgitation is often mistaken for vomiting, but unlike vomited food, regurgitated food has not yet been digested by stomach acids. Regurgitation is rooted from congenital, idiopathic, obstructive and motility disorders that must be differentiated during a diagnostic exam carried out by a veterinary professional.

Regurgitation in cats is the act of ejecting undigested food from the throat after eating. A regurgitating cat will lower its head and easily eliminate food from the mouth. The regurgitated food never reaches the stomach, so the expelled food will appear in chunks of chewed up kibble. Compressed by the esophagus of the cat, the byproduct will be in a tubular form and covered with slimy mucus. Regurgitation in cat scan be caused by an esophageal obstruction, disease, abnormality of the esophagus, and for congenital or idiopathic reasons.

Symptoms of Regurgitation in Cats

Pet owners note regurgitation in cats approximately 30 minutes after their cat has consumed a meal. The feline will lower her head and expel food from her mouth with very little effort. Unlike vomiting, the expelled food will not be digested as it never reached the acids of the stomach. Instead, regurgitated food will appear as chewed, covered in mucus and formed in a tubular shape that matches the diameter of the esophagus. 

Causes of Regurgitation in Cats

Regurgitation in cats is commonly caused by esophageal disease that can be either a motility disorder or an obstructive disorder. 

Obstructive Disorders

  • Spirocerca lupi infection
  • Paraesophageal tumor
  • Esophageal tumor
  • Stricture 
  • Foreign Body
  • Vascular ring anomaly 

Motility Disorders

  • Polyneuropathy 
  • Polymyopathy
  • Botulism
  • Organophosphate toxicity 
  • Lead toxicity 
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Hypoadrenocorticism 
  • Esophagitis due to trauma, drugs, chemical injury, or reflux disease
  • Acquired due to idiopathic reasons, systemic neuromuscular disease, obstructive lesions, or inflammation 
  • Congenital (congenital megaesophagus commonly affects Siamese cats) 
  • Idiopathic 

Diagnosis of Regurgitation in Cats

Regurgitation in cats can be the result of several underlying causes, therefore your veterinarian will want to conduct a differential diagnosis. He or she will perform a series of test to eliminate the possibilities of what could be causing your feline to regurgitate food. It is highly important for the cat owner to describe the episodes of regurgitation in the feline. When you describe what happens when your cat regurgitates, the veterinarian can use this information to decide which diagnostic tests would be most appropriate. It might even be helpful for pet owners to record their cat regurgitating as a video on a cellular phone, to differentiate regurgitation from vomiting. 

Thoracic Radiographs

A radiograph, or x-ray, uses radioactive waves to view inside the body. The doctor will be able to see an esophageal obstruction or abnormality of the throat. 


An endoscopy is a flexible tube and camera that passes down the feline’s esophagus, allowing the doctor to visualize the inside of the throat without invasive measures. 


A cytology is the collection of cells, fluids or tissues to examine the nature of the material. The veterinary may collect pleural fluids from your cat’s esophagus to determine is an infection is present.

Treatment of Regurgitation in Cats

The treatment plan for a cat with a regurgitation problem depends greatly on the underlying condition. The feline may be given nutrition support through an esophageal tube during the treatment process if the veterinarian feels routine feeding might not be possible or cause further damage to the esophagus. An esophageal tube, or feeding tube, might be placed if the cat required surgery or has been diagnosed with cancer. Additional treatment options your veterinarian might recommend, based on the underlying condition might include: 

Therapy Treatment

Esophageal strictures, vascular ring anomalies, neoplasia and other localized obstructions are commonly treated with localized therapy. 


Mediastinal lymphoma or squamous cell carcinomas that are causing esophageal compressions are likely treated with chemotherapy. 

Thoracoscopy or Thoracotomy

Surgical corrections of the esophagus in the case vascular ring anomaly or enlarged esophagus. 

Recovery of Regurgitation in Cats

The prognosis for regurgitation in cats depends on the underlying cause of the cat regurgitating. If your cat is regurgitating for idiopathic, or unknown, reasons the veterinarian may ask you to alter the feline’s eating habits. At home, the veterinarian may ask you to experiment with different food consistencies to feed your regurgitating cat. Wet canned cat food and homemade diets are less likely to be regurgitated than dry kibble. You may also be asked to place the food dish on an elevated surface, therefore lifting the cat’s head up to eat and discouraging the normal stance of regurgitation. To make your cat slow down her eating habits, you may be asked to change the design of her food bowl to a flatter surface. A cat that takes time to eat, slows down her chewing, and slows down her swallowing is less likely to regurgitate her food. 

Regurgitation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mr Dave the Merlin
Mackerel Tabby short hair domestic
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms


Cat regurgitating food after eating, normally within 20/30 minutes.
No other symptoms.
Appears happy and healthy.
Alert and chatty.
Usually happens when wet food given in the evening but very occasionally with dry food in the morning.
Not every time, about 3/4 times a month

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3318 Recommendations
There are many possible causes for regurgitation, but generally we see it occurring more often in serious cases; also we commonly see regurgitation with dry food more than wet. There are various possible causes including nausea, bloating, oesophageal enlargement, oesophageal strictures, parasites among other causes. Without examining Mr Dave the Merlin I cannot narrow in on a possible cause and may be a good idea to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Swallowing

My cat has regurgitation since tommorw she is lying not eating or even moving if i forcefully feed her every time she throw the food out and water also she is not grooming herself and i have no vet in the area where i live please tell me whatshsoudl i do to make the food pass throw the esophagus

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Unfortunately, without seeing a veterinarian, Lilly may not survive what is happening to her. She may have parasites, a foreign body, or an infectious disease. If you need to travel to see a veterinarian, that may be what you need to do for her.

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Arabian Mau
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms


My cat regurgitates immediately after every food he takes except for milk. He is getting skinnier with time and he is too skinny and small for his age. He wants to eat and he has appetite, but he regurgitates every single time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Lucky may have an anatomic defect that is causing this to happen. He may be able to tolerate very watery soft food, you can try that. Since I cannot see him, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to see if there is something obvious that may be causing this problem.

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5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat only regurgitates in the morning. He has a slow feed bowl but this has not helped much. He is eating and drinking water normally. He has not lost any weight and is urinating and defecating normally. He does not regurgitate at night. He is a
siamese mix.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Regurgitation may be caused by a few different causes which may include an empty stomach, esophageal disorders, obstructions among other causes. A slow feeder is a good idea but small regular meals evenly spaced out throughout the day are best (like every six to eight hours) so that there is always some food in the stomach. It may also be useful to elevate the food bowl slightly (put it on top of a phonebook or two - I cannot think of another use for a phonebook) so that gravity is somewhat on Mister’s side. If the issue continues, I would get an x-ray to look for any anomalies (strictures, dilation etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Multiple cats
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, Regurgitating, diarrhea

Hi. I seem to have several cats that have been vomiting and regurgitating a lot the past few days and I'm getting worried. Some of them also have diarrhea. I have changed their food but it hasn't really helped yet. They are eating and drinking normally though.
Thanks. I could only put 1 year for age but they range from 8 weeks to 8 years. It isn't all of the cats, maybe about 5.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If all of the cats are vomiting and having diarrhea, you may have a problem with a bad food, or parasites. It would be best to have a fecal sample checked for parasites, and perhaps change the bag of food that you are feeding, to see if you can resolve this problem.

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