Why do my cats throw up a lot?

When my family and I go on short trips, long vacations, and even a day out, we almost always find cat puke when we get back. They sometimes throw up when we are around or when it is nighttime. They rarely steal food off the table(we keep close watch!) so that can't be the problem. We don't know why they throw up all the time! Please help!

Asked by Peaches on Jun 8th 2011 in Other Health & Wellness
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It is weird to always find cat puke when you get home with only the two cats. We have 14 here so it's just statistics that we never go more than a few days without a little barf, but with two there is definitely a reason. If you sometimes find hairy bits (especially big long hairballs) it could just be that they need more frequent brushing- Peaches is a medium hair so she especially needs a lot of extra grooming time, particularly in the spring and fall. But if the increase in puking is a sudden or recent development or you have noticed any weight changes in either kitty you should really ask their vet about it ASAP, it could be something more serious.

Kyle answered on 6/8/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Stress from separation anxiety might be a cause. If you leave extra food out for them when you go away, overeating may also be a cause.

Member 746328 answered on 6/8/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Maybe they just simply don't like the food that you feed them because for whatever reason, it doesn't agree with their system. It certainly wouldn't hurt to take them to the vet to rule out any medical issues & you should talk to you vet about this.

Twinkle answered on 6/9/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


This could mean some sort of intestinal upset brought on by food allergies. Many cats do not tolerate grains well, and this leads to inflammation in the gut and nutritional malabsorption over time, and they need to eat an all protein food (made with good protein, not animal byproducts). Most commercial cat foods are full of all sorts of unhealthy additives, rendered animal byproducts (yes, pets end up eating pets), as well as flavor enhancers (for instance dry cat food is often sprayed with flavor enhancers). None of this is very healthy for cats, and some tolerate it better than others. Some develop food allergies to certain substances which could explain the throwing up. Some cat owners end up making food for their cats, using organic meats and pure proteins and there are many good raw diets available. Some of the canned cat food companies are ok like Wellness and Halo for Pets, but most commercial cat food isn't great and that could be why your kitties are reacting. Hope this helps!

Snowie answered on 6/13/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer