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Purina = vomit?

post #1 of 9
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OK, so, when Riot learned to eat solid food, it was Paws & Claws brand kitten food from Tractor Supply. I bought some, and kept her on the same food, one less thing to worry about. Well, I stocked up on it when I came up here to Arkansas, but apparently did not get enough. So, I had to go to walmart and buy more food. The only kitten food they had was Purina Kitten Chow, so I figured it'd work fine. I got it, and switched her over slowly, the same way I would one of my horses. Well, now she's been eating just the purina for about a week or two. In this time, I have come home to more and more piles of vomit. It's not runny, just solid, you can see the kibble pieces and everything. I don't know what to do, but I feel so bad for her. She's got free choice food, she grazes as she pleases. She's a kitten and still hyper and energetic. I think she was born around mid march, that's my best guess. She's not fixed yet, I'm doing that when I get back to louisiana and have her settled in. I don't even think that matters, lol! Anyways, what should I do? Which type of kitten food would be better?
post #2 of 9
When there's big kibble pieces being thrown up, it could mean hairballs. If your cat can't hold down food, I would think a vet visit is in order. I would be worried if everything were coming back up.
post #3 of 9
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I don't think she's not holding down any food, she's still healthy looking and feeling, and I haven't found that much vomit. This is my first indoor cat, so I've never really experianced hairballs or anything. The barn cats don't put up a fuss...
post #4 of 9
All 13 of mine do well on the Purina, so if it isn't an allergy to one ingredient it might be something unrelated to her food.
Possibly just a case of scarf and barf?
Maybe you could find an ingredients list for the Paws and Claws on line, and see what brand that is locally availiable is the most like it? Or check it against the ingredients of the Purina to see what is in the Purina that she may be having a reaction to.
I wouldn't let it go on too long without consulting a vet though, it could be the early stage of an illness too.
post #5 of 9
Problem I've seen alot working for a vet. Some cats have different habbiats or digestive tracts.

1. Shes either eating to fast and is forced to vomit (had the problem myself). Give her a little bit at a time so she slows down.
2. Shes sensitvie to certain kinds of food and may need a special brand ask your vet for that.
post #6 of 9
Could be the old gobbling effect or the food doesn't agree with it's tummy...

But i would definitely be on the watch for any further signs.. weight loss etc..
post #7 of 9
you might want to call your vet and run it by them, but mine told me that when you can see undigested food, that's called regurgitation, and a lot of times just means kitty was eating too fast. When it's true vomit (digested food), that's a more serious symptom.

You might want to put down smaller, more frequent meals (if your schedule allows), or put a clean ball or something else in the bowl to sort of slow her down as she's eating. When she eats, can you see if she's just gobbling it down (she might just really love the new stuff).


If it keeps up, if she seems to lose weight or change energy levelts, etc., or if her litter box habits change, I'd definitely make a vet appointment.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by darlili View Post
you might want to call your vet and run it by them, but mine told me that when you can see undigested food, that's called regurgitation, and a lot of times just means kitty was eating too fast. When it's true vomit (digested food), that's a more serious symptom.

You might want to put down smaller, more frequent meals (if your schedule allows), or put a clean ball or something else in the bowl to sort of slow her down as she's eating. When she eats, can you see if she's just gobbling it down (she might just really love the new stuff).


If it keeps up, if she seems to lose weight or change energy levelts, etc., or if her litter box habits change, I'd definitely make a vet appointment.


Have you elevated the dish
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
No, I've not elevated her dish. It's a tall bowl and she's a small cat, lol. I guess I could get a more shallow one though, at least until she gets bigger.
And a ball might work! I have just the one, too. I do that with my horses (but I generally put a salt lick or something else in the bucket) to slow them down, not sure why that didn't dawn on me here! I'll clean that one up and get it in her bowl as soon as I get home!
At the moment, I can't do small frequent meals, because of work, but my last day is the 28th, so soon Riot will get all the attention and time in the world, lol! Then I'll be able to stop letting her graze.
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