Cat Vomiting After Eating

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Why does my cat vomit after eating, and is there anything I can do to stop it?

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Your cat may throw up occasionally in order to get rid of hairballs or because there’s competition around the food bowl. There could also be a more obvious explanation. If your kitty frequently gags or vomits after dinner, she may simply be chowing down too quickly. In fact, one of the most common reasons why cats vomit is that they eat too quickly.

When cats eat too voraciously, they often swallow their kibble whole and end up gagging on it. The easiest way to slow down an overeager feline eater is to feed a larger kibble size so she has to take longer to chew and swallow. You can also try feeding a greedy kitty smaller portions of food more often.

Learn more about dietary indescretion.

But if the problem continues, give your veterinarian a call. Vomiting can be a sign of something more serious.

Learn more about gastroenteritis.

– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM