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    Sick Cat - What To Know

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    A cat can start vomiting for any number of reasons, from genuine illness to other factors. Sometimes sickness can seem quite random – one moment the cat may seem perfectly fine, the next it may be incredibly sick – causing you complete confusion. Discover why your cat keeps vomiting by reading the information below.
     

    Reasons Why a Cat May Be Vomiting

    • Illness is probably the most likely reason for a sick cat. As with a bout of flu, the sickness and vomiting should pass fairly quickly, but if it becomes an alarming problem, it’s best to consult with a vet as soon as possible.

    • Indigestion is another likely cause of sickness. If the cat consumes food too quickly, it’s only natural that, on occasion, it can come right back up again as the digestive system struggles to cope. If the cat has regular problems ingesting food, lower the quantity of food you provide at meal time. Try and feed the cat a little, often as this will ensure the cat’s digestive system is left untroubled by your feeding schedule.

    • Avoid overfeeding – as with any animal, a healthy balanced diet is always recommended. Naturally, it may be tempting to lavish your pet with tasty treats, but this may only exacerbate a cat vomit problem. The potential for overindulgence should be avoided at all costs.

    • Another probable cause is dietary changes. Cats can be resistant to any alterations in their daily feeding routine, and this can sometimes be reflected by a bout of sickness. If the cat has become accustomed to dry, simple foods, avoid adding richer foods to the diet as this may upset the cat’s fragile digestive system.

    • And now one of the more bizarre reasons for a cat being sick – the hairball. These build up during the cat’s grooming regime. In the process of grooming, a cat can ingest extraordinary amounts of fur – something which obviously needs expelling from the digestive system. If your feline friend suffers from hairballs, this can explain some cat vomiting concerns, and they can be a fairly common occurrence, so there's often little need to panic.

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