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What's going on here?? (food/throw up in litterbox)

post #1 of 12
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Has anyone heard of a cat throwing up in a litterbox and covering it???

I was scooping after work like usual when I noticed one of the clumps was squishy and I thought it might be diarrhea. Upon breaking it open, I saw a piece of tuna which I thought was weird, and then I realized the whole thing was tuna and potatoes! Which was his breakfast this morning!
And he confirmed that it was undigested food and not weird poop because as I was scooping he tried to eat it!!

What is going on here?? O__o
post #2 of 12
He's a very "neat" kitty?!
post #3 of 12
Seen it happen with my IBD cats. (The first time from tuna.)

If I were you I wouldn't offer any more tuna for quite some time. I would also test sentivity to potatoes by using other protein sources.
post #4 of 12
Jack's been sick in the litterbox a couple of times. I wish he would always go there when he feels the need
post #5 of 12
Jamie tries to make it to the litterbox before upchucking and is usually successful - that's something I've always appreciated.
post #6 of 12
Chumley threw up once, and he did it in the litter box - he didn't cover it up though.
post #7 of 12
Ootay always threw up in the litter box.

However, vomit in the litter box can be an indication of constipation also (straining so hard to poop they vomit) so be on a close watch of litter box habits.
post #8 of 12
Panda my DLH, always vomits in her litter box . Food, water, hairball, and so on is always vomited into a litter box. I wish they all would do that. I always tell her how delicate and feminine she is .
post #9 of 12
Tidy kitty cat . I had a cat years ago that also would vomit in the litter box and cover it. Sometime she missed though .
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Violet View Post
Seen it happen with my IBD cats. (The first time from tuna.)

If I were you I wouldn't offer any more tuna for quite some time. I would also test sentivity to potatoes by using other protein sources.
His tuna and potato food is currently the only one that doesn't make him have allergic reactions, so changing his food type is not an option.
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Originally Posted by otto View Post
Ootay always threw up in the litter box.

However, vomit in the litter box can be an indication of constipation also (straining so hard to poop they vomit) so be on a close watch of litter box habits.
He went poop normally the next day, so he's not constipated.

Maybe he just ate too fast and then was kind enough to puke in the litter box. Thanks everyone for your replies!!
post #11 of 12
I'd just like to say, throwing up in the litter box is not normal for cats and when it happens they don't do it to make cleanup easier for us. It's the sign of a digestive problem (discomfort/pain/cramps) that, over time, can become a very serious problem. So please be careful and don't ignore what happened, don't shrug it off.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Violet View Post
I'd just like to say, throwing up in the litter box is not normal for cats and when it happens they don't do it to make cleanup easier for us. It's the sign of a digestive problem (discomfort/pain/cramps) that, over time, can become a very serious problem. So please be careful and don't ignore what happened, don't shrug it off.
Don't worry, I'm a huge worrywart when it comes to my cat so if anything else comes up, it's off to the vet we go.
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