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i was wondering if anyone else has this problem, or knows the reason for this...<br><br><br><br>
i've had my cat for several years now, and every once in a while she will vomit up her undigested dry food. i asked a friend of mine about it and he said that this happens because she eats too much and the food expands in her tummy, so she pukes it up. lately though, she has been vomiting almost every 2-3 days...but she still eats and does not always "up-chuck" after, so i know she is not really sick...<br><br><br><br>
should i be worried about this? maybe it's the food (although i haven't changed it)?
 

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Vegcat... I have one guy who will literally puke if he wants to do something and I don't do it. It's like he pukes in retaliation for something he wants to do that I can't at the time.<br><br><br><br>
Just today, for example... I was on the phone with a client. He carried in his leash to go for a walk. I could not go... he looked at me and puked on the floor, then walked out.<br><br><br><br>
I have brought him to the vet many times and he's healthy as anything, no digestive problems, nothing like that. He's just ticked off at me from what I can see. Is it possible your cat is wanting you to do something... like is he meowing a lot prior to puking? maybe he wants somethng and this is his way of getting attention?<br><br><br><br>
It could very well just be somethng not settling right in his stomach. I just know it's a retaliation thing with mine.
 

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robert...that is the craziest thing i've ever heard (well, for today anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">) i could not stop laughing reading your post (sorry, i know it's not so funny when you are cleaning it up). you've got one vindictive pup on your hands!<br><br><br><br>
sometimes she'll meow before puking, but it's usually a "oh no, i'm about to barf" meow. she doesn't always do it around me, either, so i don't think she's trying to get my attention...<br><br><br><br>
well, maybe i'll try switching foods...too bad i just bought an "economy" sized bag the other week!
 

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check for other symptoms. feel her ears, are they warm or cool? do her eyes and nose run more than usual, is she drooling more than usual, is her stool unusual<br><br>
i'd say keep a very close eye out for other symptoms, and maybe take her to the vet for a checkup. just cause she doesn't puke every time she eats doesn't necessarily mean nothing's wrong.<br><br><br><br>
if you do change her food do it gradually, mix some into the existing food and change the ratio of old food to new food slowly over a few days. if you just change it right away it'll put extra stress on her tummy and digestion
 

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My cat Sweet Pea used to throw up every 2 to 3 days like that and it was hair ball related. Nothing like finding that little piece of treasure!! You might call your vet and ask about different kinds of remedies, or even take them in for a check up just to make sure all is ok with your kitty......I feed mine the hair ball control cat food and he hardly ever upchucks anymore<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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My cat Michael got so he threw up at almost every meal, no matter how tiny the amount of food I gave him. His vet said to try getting him some expensive health-food-stor food, because he might be sensitive to an additive in regular food (Iams, Costco brand, ONE, things like that). I got him Precise Plus with cranberries and carrots, and he was immediately cured! It smells better than those other foods, too.
 

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thanks for all the suggestions! i will definetly try switching foods (gradually, as LadyFaile suggested). she has no other symptoms though, other than the vomiting).<br><br><br><br>
does anyone think it could be hairball related? she has never coughed up one, so maybe they "come up" with the food?<br><br><br><br>
anyway, i'll also be taking her to the vet...just to be on the safe side.
 

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Vegcat... usually if its a hairball thing... you'll see strands of hair in the vomit itself. It could be a variety things... I did the changing foods, the vet visits, the gourmet/expensive foods etc. My cat's problem is in his head and only does it when he does not get his own way. Of course, he gets a good, premium quality food regardless.<br><br><br><br>
But I do agree with others here that a vet visit and a change of diet may be key. Cat's have a pretty sensitive digestive system so a change in diet all of a sudden could be stressful on their system. Like LF previously said, a gradual change might be a wise choice.
 

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hmm when our old cat got sick (i think she got into something toxic personally but we'll never know) the vet mentioned that maybe it was just an ingested hairball. if they don't cough them up it can make them quite sick because it's really not something they can digest easily. sometimes i worry about the cat i have now because he'll cough for a few days with a hairball but never throw it up, usually at the first signs of coughing i give him some hairball remedy (KittyMalt or similar product) and it clears up quicker.<br><br><br><br>
i'm not a fan of hairball control food though, i think there must be some pretty unnatural chemicals and junk in there and that can't be good for kitty to eat every day. the hairball remedy in a tube is something you can give them as needed and it does the trick, and is about $5 a tube which lasts a really long time<br><br><br><br>
but if your kitty isn't coughing, just throwing up, then yeah maybe it is just the food. go for something more natural, i'm hoping to change my cat over to Nutro or Wellness when i can afford to, as is he's on Nutrience which is good quality for it's price range. still not the best, but better than the crap you can get at grocery stores. a woman at a pet food store once told me food like Friskies and Cat Chow is like the feline equivalent to McDonald's
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by vegcat</i><br><br><b>robert...that is the craziest thing i've ever heard (well, for today anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">) i could not stop laughing reading your post (sorry, i know it's not so funny when you are cleaning it up). you've got one vindictive pup on your hands!<br><br><br><br>
sometimes she'll meow before puking, but it's usually a "oh no, i'm about to barf" meow. she doesn't always do it around me, either, so i don't think she's trying to get my attention...<br><br><br><br>
well, maybe i'll try switching foods...too bad i just bought an "economy" sized bag the other week!</b></div>
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i have two cats (they are brothers) and just these past 4 or 5 months they've been puking up a storm. i also took them to the vet, and they got a clean bill of health. i don't think it's hairballs because i give them that nasty gooy medication for that.<br><br><br><br>
so i'm in a situation almost identical to yours, but unfortunatly, i have no solutions.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by beccaboo</i><br><br><b>I think hairball food just has some kind of fiber in it that helps the hairballs through--not any really weird chemicals.</b></div>
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It's actually just lubricant, so it can slide on out the other end.
 

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Hill's CD prescription formula (only from the vet) is easily digested by cats who have been puking. But if even after changing foods, the cat is puking, I would see if I could get an x-ray. Puking can be a sign of a foreign object in their intestines, which can be very serious depending on what it is (e.g. ribbon is bad) if it's there long enough.<br><br><br><br>
This is assuming the puke is real puke, like with food in it, not hairballs.
 

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My cat puked in retaliation once- I was on the phone with a friend and my cat wanted me to pay attention to her. I was just sort of tuning her out so I could converse with my friend and the next thing I know - she is heaving on my kitchen rug. I told my friend to hold on and threw the phone so I could clean it up.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by bethc46</i><br><br><b>My cat Sweet Pea used to throw up every 2 to 3 days like that and it was hair ball related.</b></div>
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The same thing was happening with my Felix-- for the same reason. Definetly bring the kitty to the vet- maybe he/she can hook you up with some medicine.
 

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I found this thread by accident.<br><br><br><br>
Vegcat - did you ever find out why your cat was puking? Is she still doing it?<br><br><br><br>
My cat's been doing this for years (she's 7 years old). Nothing wrong with her, I've changed foods with no luck - - it's weird. I feel so bad for her.<br><br><br><br>
She got some relief when I started feeding her straight tuna. I have to mash it up and can only give her like a tablespoon at a sitting though (she'll scarf up a whole can if I let her, and 15 minutes later....up it comes).
 

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She got some relief when I started feeding her straight tuna. I have to mash it up and can only give her like a tablespoon at a sitting though (she'll scarf up a whole can if I let her, and 15 minutes later....up it comes).</div>
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Just wanted to ask if you're feeding her exclusively tuna fish? I figured I'd throw this information out there for anyone who doesn't know, tuna fish should only be an occasional treat for kitties according to the vet. Here's a Q & A about why:<br><br><br><br><i>Question: Can I feed my cat a can of tuna fish?<br><br><br><br>
The human variety of tuna fish contains an enzyme that destroys vitamin B1 (thiamine). Cats who regularly eat tuna can develop a vitamin B1 deficiency, which results in neurological symptoms like dilated eyes, loss of equilibrium, seizures and death if this vitamin is not replaced. The scientific name of this disease is polioencephlomalacia.</i>
 

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could be hairballs. Try brushing her more and buy some laxatone at the pet store (or other tube of hairball remedy stuff) and give her some of that every couple days see if it helps. You could try Hills Science Diet Sensitive Stomach food and see if that helps. It wouldn't be a bad idea to take her to the vet just for a check up, make sure everything is in order.
 
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