|Purred: Mon Mar 24, '08 7:59am PST |
|I don't know if you know this definition or not, so if this is "common sense" to you, then sorry.
When a cat "upchucks' there are two distinct types. The first is "regurgitation" which happens from the throat. Usually, this is from eating too fast, or from hairballs. it is a normal healthy way for predators to get rid of "bad" prey. It's safe and you generally do not need to contact a vet, though you may want to try over the counter things like hair ball remedies, or something to slow the cat down when it eats.
Regurgitation is basically gentle, the product is usually tubular and solid, and you can see the chunks of un-chewed food. the cat will easily puke then move on, or it might even eat what it just threw up.
VOMIT, however, is from teh stomach. Just like in humans, it is violent, the cat shakes, and exerts serious pressure, may cry out, and will often hide when she is done. The product is usually wet, even just liquid, smells like bile rather than just food.
Vomiting is virtually always serious. If this is what your cat is doing, you should call your vet. But adding the fact that she is extremely weakened by the vomiting, i'd take her straight in.
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