Kitty

My cat throws up her food all the time, and is under weight, should i be concerend?

This is my first cat, she's almsot a year old, and she's very small for her age. I feed her dry food and give her a treat everyday. I havn't brought her to the vet, should i be worried?


Asked by Kitty on Feb 3rd 2012 Tagged underweightcat in Other Food & Nutrition
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Now would be an excellent time to establish a relationship with a vet. Since this is your first cat, you may need assistance with the basics of caring for a cat. For starters, she should receive vaccines and be spayed, along with addressing your concerns about her weight and food intake.

It's unclear what you mean by "all the time" that she is regurgitating her food, if this is a daily occurrence or what. This is something you should discuss with a vet right away, because if she is not getting proper nourishment from her food, it could become a dangerous condition very quickly. Your vet can provide you with guidelines on what her weight should be, and let you know if she is actually underweight or is just a naturally small cat.

Please get Kitty in to a vet as soon as possible for her initial basic care. In answer to your question, YES you should be worried, until a vet checks her out and gives her the all-clear.


Member 1046384 answered on 2/3/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Cali

I don't actually think Kitty looks underweight for her bone structure in her pictures- being small is different from being too skinny. Too skinny (can feel the bones in her spine) is usually a sign of disease or malnutrition but cats can vary greatly in size and as long as their weight is proportionate to their height and length it's usually not indicative of a problem.

What is definitely a problem is that she hasn't been fixed yet or gotten her vaccines. Certain vaccines are required by law in many places, and the sooner you get her spayed the better chance she has at living a longer, healthier life and not getting pregnant and adding to the homeless cat population. Females will start to go into heat at 5-6 months old and they are desperate to get to a male at and mate while they are in heat yowling and trying to escape- if you haven't noticed this annoying and potentially dangerous behavior yet at 10 months all the more reason to have her seen by a vet because that's not normal.


Cali answered on 2/4/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Twinkle

You certainly need to choose a vet. You didn't say how long you've had her, but if you've had her for almost the whole year, she should have already seen a vet numerous times for exams & shots. Perhaps the food you feed her doesn't agree with her stomach. Maybe all you need is just a change of food. She should be checked by a vet to make sure that she doesn't have any worms of any kind. She should be checked by a vet anyway.


Twinkle answered on 2/15/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Purrcival

This kitty should be seen by the vet- I have irritable bowel disease,and was throwing up my food to the point where blood was present. Please do not let your baby get to the point, since she is underweight, she could have a serious food allergy, IBD, a blockage, etc, or any number of things- most of which are easily helped by change of food. Please if you love your babycat, please get her to the kitty doctor and get her on the right path to health early!


Purrcival answered on 3/25/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer