My Indoor Cat Keeps Being Sick

Most indoor cats will have to deal with their cats being sick at some point in their life. Cats can throw up in different ways from a larger variety of causes. Cat vomiting is often passed off as a normal thing for your cat to do but there is always a cause behind it and its not particularly healthy for them.

If your cat has suddenly started being sick multiple times in a row or consistently, you need to book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. If your cat keeps being sick, the cause can be benign but being constantly sick can take a toll on your cat’s health. You can also take steps to determine potential causes of your cat being sick to speed things along. This article will go over some of the common causes of cats throwing up.

When should I be worried about my indoor cat being sick?

It is common for cats to be occasionally sick. Cat owners hear this often so its easy to become relaxed in your attitude when seeing your indoor cat vomit. Its important to not treat your at being sick as standard cat behavior. Regular vomiting is not normal or healthy for a cat.

You need to be concerned about your cat if they are sick acutely or chronically. Acute vomiting is when vomiting continuously and can happen up to five days in a row. Chronic vomiting is when your cat is sick for more than a week. Chronic vomiting can also be intermittent so your cat may be sick once a week for a period of time. If your cat has either acute or chronic vomiting they need to be taken to a vet. These types of vomiting are a sign that there is something wrong with your cat that is affecting the inside of their body. Left untreated, this has the potential to become a much more serious problem. Getting your cat the help they need as quickly as possible is the best choice you can make for their safety.

Contact your vet quicker if your cat is showing additional symptoms such as lethargy or diarrhea. You should also contact them immediately If you know or think your cat has eaten something that is toxic or could cause an obstruction. You may realize that they could have an obstruction if they have thrown up part of a solid object and you can’t find the other part around the house. We would be particularly worried if the object was a string like shoelace or rubber band. Cats aren’t really able to chew their foods like we do so instead they rip and bite them down whole. Strings in the home don’t usually break and end up getting tangled up inside of their digestive systems and cause a lot of serious damage.

Red coloring in the vomit is a sign of blood and is a reason to go directly to an emergency vet. Blood can also be in a range of darker shades through to almost black.

if your cat has only thrown up once and the vomit doesn’t show signs of blood, you don’t need to be immediately concerned. However, you should take a note of when the vomit happened and its size and appearance. We usually take a picture too. It’s a bit gross but a picture can help your vet diagnose what could be happening to your cat if something more serious is happening down the line.

Why does my indoor cat keep throwing up solid food?

A common causes of indoor cats vomiting solid food is overeating. This is when your cat regurgitates undigested food. The vomit will look basically the same as the food that they ate and usually happens only a matter of minutes after they eat. Its more common in dry food than wet food, dry food can draw in water in the stomach and expand making your cat uncomfortable. Cat’s stomachs are normally the size of a ping pong ball, so it doesn’t take much extra food for them to vomit in this way.

Cats can overeat when they eat too much food in a short period of time. This can easily happen for cats that have free access to food throughout the day and its just one reason we don’t recommend that you free feed your indoor cat. It could also happen if you don’t free feed your cat and accidentally feed them twice for one meal. If you have accidentally been feeding your cat more than they are used to for the past couple of days this could be causing them to regurgitate solid food. If you live with other people in the house, make sure you aren’t double feeding your cat.

If you have more than one indoor cat they may begin to eat quickly to make sure their food doesn’t get stolen by another cat. Indoor cats who live by themselves may also eat like this if they had to fight others for food when they were young. If your cat looks like they are eating too quickly, you can slow them down by getting a puzzle feeder. These things are great as they double as an extra way to keep your indoor cat intellectually stimulated throughout the day, so they don’t get bored.

We have also seen some of our indoor cats throwing up after they have been gorging on stolen food or treats without us knowing. You may want to look in your cat’s hiding spots to see if they have hoarded a bag of treats or pieces of your food. We’ve had cats who have stolen whole turkey legs coming back for their regular meal. In very rare cases your indoor cat may be eating pests like mice inside of the house without you knowing which could be another reason why they are getting more food than they should be.

There are a lot of reasons why your cat could be throwing up its food. We’ve covered some of the more common and benign causes but there are many more that you can’t easily diagnose at home. This includes serious diseases which can be painful for your cat and end up with death. A trained veterinarian will need to see your cat to tell you exactly what is going on with your cat if they are constantly being sick. Please don’t wait before reaching out to your vet, earlier is always better than late.

Why does my cat keep throwing up liquids?

When cats throw up liquids its most likely comprised of digested food and digestive fluids. They have had more time for the food to reach their stomach and then

A reason we have personally experienced causing repeated wet vomiting in our cats is food intolerance. Shortly after being adopted as a rescue, one of our cats would regularly vomit digested food and bile. After speaking to our vet and switching to a recommended diet we realized that he was intolerant some of the ingredients in a common brand of cat food. After switching to a more premium cat food producer and sticking to just chicken, out cat’s vomiting went away. Unlucky cats can be allergic to some of the most common ingredients put into cat foods such as beef, chicken, and fish. If you have recently switched foods or brands your cat may be having a reaction to a new ingredient. You should consult your vet if you think your cat is experiencing food intolerance so they can recommend you a safe diet to test on your cat.

Other causes of vomiting are parasites, nausea, and toxins in the system. Again we’ve only covered some of the more common causes of wet vomiting in cats. There are literally hundreds of different causes that only a vet who can see and inspect your cat can begin to diagnose. If your cat has been constantly vomiting wet liquids for more than a day we strongly suggest that you book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. Its not normal behavior and a quick evaluation could save your cat’s life.

What does hairball vomit look like?

Another problem that has been normalized is hairballs. Hairballs happen when your cat eats too much of its own fur while its grooming itself and then the fur creates an obstruction. Instead of leaving their body in the back end, the fur becomes tangled up and squashed down and can’t get pas the stomach. Your cat then has to go to the effort of forcing the hairball back up through their mouth. If this makes you feel uncomfortable imagine how your cat feels.

Cat hairballs sound like they should be cute fuzzy balls of fur but they are not even close to this. Don’t be mistaken by their name, hairballs are normally long brown-colored logs of compressed cat hair. They will look a lot like your cat’s poop and often mistaken for this. If you look in a bit closer you should be able to see compressed tufts of hair with some strands poking out slightly along the length.

We’ve normalized hairballs but they aren’t good for your cat and are gross for humans to deal with. You can treat hairballs in your cat by regularly brushing their fur. Home remedies for indoor cats with hairballs include canned pumpkin. Mix in a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin to their meals once per week to introduce more fiber into their diet to help them pass food through the normal way.  

How do I clean up cat sick?

After being worried about your cat you now have to deal with the prospect of cleaning up their sick. Cleaning up undigested food is simple. There shouldn’t be any bile so you can just pick up the undigested food and throw it out. If they threw up on a solid surface you can wipe it down with an cleaning spray and be done with it.

Wet vomit is more difficult to deal with. If you don’t do it right the smell can linger around and ruin some carpets. We know its gross but its best to get it over with quickly so we recommend you put on some rubber gloves and get to work. Scoop up as much of the sick as possible with paper towels or whatever disposable item you have on hand. If your cat has vomited on a carpet or rug scrape as much of the liquid out of the material with something hard. A plastic spoon or old gift card works well for this. Try not to spread the puddle of sick so you have less to clean up. The most effective cleaning product for the remaining wet patch is an enzymatic cleaner. You can get this as a spray from most stores and it might be branded as a pet odor or pet urine remover. If you have any type of pet we recommend you have a bottle on hand for when a mess inevitably happens.