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What is Vomiting With Bile?

Bile is a yellow or green substance produced in a cat’s liver, which aids in digestion of food. Vomiting with bile, or bilious vomiting syndrome, in cats can be an alarming condition for both the feline and the worried owner.  Vomiting with bile may be especially difficult for an owner to recognize, given that animals are likely to clean up after themselves, unless you manage to catch your cat in the act of vomiting. This can make it difficult to determine exactly how long the condition has been occurring. It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms that can occur with bilious vomiting syndrome in order to determine when veterinary intervention is necessary.

Symptoms of Vomiting With Bile in Cats

Vomiting with bile typically occurs in the morning or early evening, when a cat’s stomach is empty, although it can also happen at any time. Here are the main symptoms to watch for:

  • Long term occasional vomiting
  • Vomiting that occurs with bile
  • Weight Loss
  • Disinterest in Food
  • Excessive Drooling

Types

Vomiting can take many forms, and it’s important to distinguish the various types to know when a serious condition exists that warrants a trip to your local vet.

  • Regurgitation: In the wild, cats will eat small meals frequently, as food is available. When domesticated cats eat too much food at once, or eat too quickly, they can regurgitate their food after eating. 
  • Hairball: Hairballs are regurgitated or cleared from your cat’s throat in a manner that may seem similar to vomiting. They cat may heave for several moments attempting to clear the hairball and may also return stomach fluids or regurgitated food with the hairball due to the aggressive coughing.

Causes of Vomiting With Bile in Cats

In many cases, the exact cause of bilious vomiting syndrome, or vomiting with bile, is unknown. However, there are several conditions that can cause the condition and that should be ruled out by your veterinarian. Common causes may include:

  • Intestinal Inflammation
  • Irritation of the Stomach Lining
  • Improper Diet
  • Parasites
  • Infection
  • Liver Disease

Diagnosis of Vomiting With Bile in Cats

The first thing your veterinarian will do in order to diagnose the cause of vomiting is ask for your cat’s history concerning the condition. It is therefore important that you document the number of times, frequency and approximate start date of the vomiting. Additionally, you should collect a stool and urine sample if possible and supply your vet with the brand and specific recipe of any commercial cat food.

After reviewing the history of your cat, your vet may then opt to perform several diagnostic tests to rule out serious, life threatening conditions. These tests may include liver and kidney assessment via a urinalysis, a full blood profile including white blood cell count analysis, and a thorough physical exam. Your vet may also perform radiographic tests such as x-ray or ultrasound to examine motility of the contents of the stomach or any potential obstructions. It may take several days to over a week for the results of these tests to be returned to your vet.

Treatment of Vomiting With Bile in Cats

On some occasions, vomiting with bile in your cat will subside on its own. In cases where the syndrome is ongoing, there will be various courses of treatment depending on the underlying cause. In the event of food causes, your vet may prescribe an approved cat food formula for animals with problem stomachs or food sensitivities. They may also alter the amount or frequency of your cat’s meals. 

If food or diet alterations don’t alleviate your pet’s symptoms, the veterinarian may prescribe certain drugs such as antibiotics for infections or digestive affecting drugs to increase the ability of your pet to digest food or to reduce the amount of bile in the digestive system. Probiotics may also be prescribed to help reset the levels of good bacteria in your cat’s digestive system. 

Recovery of Vomiting With Bile in Cats

With appropriate treatment, the prognosis for your cat is very good after being diagnosed with vomiting with bile. Stomach conditions can take time to fully heal and your cat’s entire digestive system will often times need to reset and regrow important balances of good bacteria. In the case of prescription medicine, it will be important to complete the entire regimen in order to fully resolve the condition.

For food-based treatment, following the recommended course of meals and sticking with a consistent diet will almost immediately eliminate bilious vomiting syndrome. Alteration of the course of feeding, if followed, will provide lasting results. Most cats with this condition will respond well with maintained treatment, whether dietary or prescription based.

Vomiting With Bile Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Abner
Siamese
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I have a 16 year old Siamese cat and I've noticed these past couple of days has vomited a couple of times a day. It's all been bile since the beginning. He seems to be doing the bathroom fine and staying hydrated but doesn't eat. Is there any at home remedies I can give him since I can't afford to take him to the vet?
He mostly vomits in the morning and towards the evening/night.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Partly due to Abner's age, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian if he isn't eating. A veterinarian can examine him and determine the best treatment for him. Without seeing him, I'm not sure what might be going on, so can't recommend any home remedies. I hope that he is okay.

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Moony
Persian
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 5mos.kitten is vomiting many times this morning, we brought him to vet and given injections and iv fluid, after we went home he is still vomiting 5 times from 1pm-4pm and after his fasting for 12hours we gave him a small amount of boiled chicken after 3 hours he’s vomiting again.. is this normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. The behavior that you describe is not normal, no, and Moony should see your veterinarian again tomorrow, and probably have some x-rays taken. Kittens are susceptible to foreign bodies, and he may have an intestinal problem related to that. I hope that he is okay.

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Gizmo
American Shorthair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My 8 year old cat has been vomiting since this morning. His stomach is visibly clenching almost constantly, and at this point he is just throwing up bile. He has thrown up at least 10 times that we have seen/found. He is an inside cat with all his shots. We have not changed his diet and he has not eaten anything that we could see in his vomit. We do know he got into a drain we were working on (drains the washing machine water) because we saw his footprints. It is very nasty and we are afraid he got ill from cleaning off his paws. I was wondering if that could be the issue and what could be causing his illness?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is possible that waste water from the washing machine drain may be causing irritation to Gizmo’s stomach since there would be residue from detergents and those drains can get a lot of gunk inside them and on the inside of the pipes which may harbour pathogens. Keep an eye on Gizmo for now and ensure he has access to plenty of water, but I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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charlie
Unknown
11 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lack of food
Lethargy
Vomiting

my kitten is 11 months old. he is healthy and eat well. when it comes to eating he eats a lot sneaking food from others. it seems he does not chew well just swallow to have other cats meals. yesterday night he did not eat his dinner and in the very early morning he vomited three times. this is not a frequent behavior of his. the vomit is yellow and he throw up everything he drinks. we took him to the vet and said that he is throwing up bile and it is hard to be cured. is it that deadly? what should we do to recover him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
In these cases we need to introduce small portions of bland food (chunks of boiled chicken) and to give Charlie something to stop him vomiting; withholding food for 12-24 hours, then introduce a small chuck of boiled chicken and increase slowly over time. I cannot give you any specific details as we are unsure of a possible cause; obstructions, pancreatic disorders, parasites among other conditions may cause this problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you doctor. i will do accordingly and let you know if there is any change.

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Cous cous
short haired
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting bile

I have a 13yr old large ginger cat.. no particular breed. He has vomited on and off the 6 yrs i have had him, usually after food, i change his dry food and he is ok for a while. Hes not very interested in food now and is vomiting bile often. We live 450km from closest vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Vomiting is a very vague symptom and is common with hundreds of possible conditions; infections, parasites, esophageal disorders, foreign objects, liver disease, pancreatitis among many other conditions may cause vomiting. Unfortunately without more information and an examination I cannot be confident in writing any recommendation and I certainly cannot prescribe anything for CousCous (from a legal point of view). Apart from trying a restricted ingredient diet and ensuring that he is wormed etc… I cannot recommend anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Himalayan
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat is 1,5 years old was vomiting about 2-3 times a week. She vomited with a lot of food at first then with bile till it was a blood in it. She ate good and was very active. I took her to a vet and he saw big mass in her stomach. She will have surgery. My question is what can cause such mass in her stomach? Could it be cancer or tumor at her age? She didn't lost any weight at this time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are various masses which may be affecting the stomach which may include cancer (rare in younger cats), hairballs, foreign objects among other causes; without examining Bella I cannot give you much information. It is best to wait until after surgery and any mass will be sent for histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kookie
American Shorthair
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Depressed
Sleepy
Tired
Not Eating
Weight Loss
Vomiting

Medication Used

Enema

My kitten has been vomiting for the past week or so. We got her checked at the vet and saw that she was a bit dehydrated, depressed, and full of stool, so they got most of the stool out and gave her back. She ate very tiny amounts of food and drank some water, but she still didn't poop. She threw up today and yesterday. She's normally very active and playful, now she sits around and sleeps most of the day. We suspect she might have eaten something, since she likes biting her toys.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If your kitten was dehydrated and depressed when you had her seen, there may be an underlying cause for that - kittens are prone to infectious disease, parasites, and intestinal foreign bodies - she may need a fecal sample analyzed, or an x-ray. Since she isn't improving, it would be a good idea to follow up with your veterinarian, let them know that she is vomiting and still not acting normal, and ask what tests might be necessary to let you know what is wrong and how to resolve it.

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Willow
British short hair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Willow often vomits and has done so of and on for the 3 years we have had her. Willow has no other symptoms and seems to be healthy and happy. Willow will vomit for the whole day when we come back from the vet after her vaccinations but it settles by the evening. We did feed her Iams dry with a wet portion once per week. Changing her dry food to go cat soft and tender did result in no vomiting but after a year of this diet the vomiting is back. Willow likes to drink from the tap but has a bowl of water available. Willow loves cat milk which I ration as she would drink it excessively. On the day she has wet food she will eat all of her portion and cry to be at the other two cats share. Willow is a good weight and sometimes a little over weight. The vomit is sometimes mixed with gastric liquid but usually semi-digested Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Common causes of vomiting in healthy cats include hairballs, parasites, food intolerances, and lactose intolerance. Cats become lactose intolerant shortly after being weaned as kittens, and that cat milk may be causing the problem. Otherwise, it would be best to mention it to your veterinarian, as they can examine Willow and determine if there is cause for concern, and prescribe therapy if needed.

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Duke
Ragdoll
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I have a almost 1 year old cat, My cat vomited last night and again this morning he threw up bile, and is now drool semi-excessively. Is this natural? Or should this be a case for concern. He also seems to have lost his appetite

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without being able to examine Duke, I can't say for sure if anything is going on with him, but young cats are prone to foreign bodies, parasites, and hairballs. Since he has vomited multiple times, is nauseous, and has a decreased appetite, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to have an exam and make sure that he is okay.

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Ned
American Shorthair
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 13 year old cat who used to vomit one a week or every other week. For the last month or so he’s vomiting more frequently with bile and has lost some weight. I am offering him different wet foods with not much luck, but today there was something he wanted to eat but vomited at the sight of food. He’s very fragile and stresses out exteremely with any medical setting. Are there any options that does not require a lot of testing?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
484 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I know that it can be stressful for cats to have veterinary visits, but in this case it would be a good itea to have Ted examined, and possible blood or fecal tests, to try and figure out what might be wrong with hiim. Without examining him, I can't recommend anything for him, and your veteirnarian will be able to examine him, make sure he is okay, and suggest any possible tests. There are many cat-only veterinary clinics, and many veterinarians who are very sensitive to the comfort of cats, as we all know that they are more sensitive to veterinary visits, and it can be hard on them. I hope that he recovers well.

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Benji
Unknown
3 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

I have two kittens that are about 3 months old. Since this morning one has been vomiting bile, and hasn't been as playful as normal. He has mainly been resting in one spot and sleeping, he'll still get up and move every once in awhile, mainly gets up go elsewhere and vomit. He gets annoyed and growls when the other kitten tries to play with him and he'll go to another room and lay there for awhile before he comes back and lays by us in the bedroom or on the couch. He won't eat or drink anything, but we were able to give him a little water earlier and he still threw up afterward. It's upsetting to see him not be himself. He's not as playful as usual, he has just been very quiet. The nearest vet can't see us until almost Tuesday and I'm not sure what else I can do to help him. It is possible he could have eaten something he shouldn't have, they both sometimes get into things During the night while we are asleep, I'm not 100% sure. Normally he eats and drinks just fine, is very playful and a big cuddler but all of a sudden he just lays there watching everyone around him, and can't seem to hold much down. The other kitten is perfectly fine, she has been eating, drinking and playing like normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is important at a minimum to keep Benji hydrated, also speak with your Veterinarian’s Office and explain that Benji is not eating or drinking and don’t want to wait for Tuesday. Try to add a little Pedialyte to his water which may help him to drink, also separate the two cats so that Benji can rest without being disturbed. The causes may be due to an obstruction from a foreign body, especially if they like to get into different things, but other causes may be infection (even though the other cats is fine), parasites, other intestinal obstruction among other problems. I would push to see your Veterinarian earlier and push the lack of hydration and that his gums are sticky. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Missy
dsh
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi there! My cat, Missy vomits almost every day. It began as hairballs with bile and is now bile and sometimes regurgitated food. She has had her bloods checked and all is fine. I've tried her on a hypoallergenic diet and she's not responding. Does she need X-ray's and contrast study to check her for obstructions? She is still providing a stool.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Obstructions are a possibility but I would look more into other possible causes if Missy has normal stool and isn’t showing any signs of pain; parasites, dietary issues, environmental irritants and other causes may be to blame. I would recommend you first visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to see if anything is picked up and allow your Veterinarian to guide you in the diagnostic process before jumping into contrast x-rays. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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