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Kitten throwing up after eating

post #1 of 57
Thread Starter 
My five month old kitten seems in fine Heath....plays, poops, pees, eats and drinks. The concern is her throwing up.she doesn't do it all the time.....seems to eats and eats and then does it. Of course I'm concerned something is wrong with her. Should I be concerned or is this throwing up naturally for cats?

I'm feeding her purina wet canned cat food along with fancy feast kitten cat food and dry purina kitten chow.
post #2 of 57

First of all those foods are not good for cats. You want to feed either a completely raw diet or at the very least grain free.
 

post #3 of 57

Try feeding her more, smaller meals at a time.  She may be so hungry, she eats too fast.

If that doesn't cut down/eliminate the puking, it might be an allergic reaction to food.  In which case, like Revenwyn suggested, try raw (you can really control the protein she eats) or grain free wet.   You'll need to experiment. 

post #4 of 57

I agree to get her off those foods. Go grain free or raw. Those foods are full of grains which turn into sugar and can affect her system not only now but later on in life with things like diabetes, colitis, IBD, etc. 

post #5 of 57
Thread Starter 

Other than RAW, what else do you recommend? 

post #6 of 57

I feed mine completely wet and grain free. I feed several different brands but for you I'd start out slow and just pick one at a time. I feed Nature's Variety, Merrick, Weruva, Soulistic, and Petguard (only the grain free ones). I would start with something like Wellness if I were you, it's gentle and most kitties don't usually have any issues with it. Then after a couple of weeks you can move onto another one and add it slowly. I like to feed several different ones so they don't develop food allergies to one protein source. 

post #7 of 57
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Do I get them online? We have a Walmart and regular small grocery store. No big chains.
post #8 of 57

Yes you can, Amazon.com, onlynaturalpets.com, petco.com, others also. 

post #9 of 57

Assuming your kitten eats and then throws up more or less immediately (within a few minutes), this is not a problem with the content of the food. It would not even be partially digested by the time it is vomited up.

 

Some cats eat more or faster than their esophagus can transmit to the stomach. The esophagus is long and horizontal. Varying food types may slow down the cat's eating, or go down the esophagus easier, but the content of the food has nothing to with the vomiting.

 

Advice to feed multiple small meals is the right advice as far as the vomiting goes.

 

Advice to feed raw or wet or organic is good advice for cat nutrition.

post #10 of 57

Try to make sure there are at least a few small meals.  Put the bowl on a phonebook or something elevated and don't let her play to roughly before or after.

post #11 of 57
Thread Starter 
How can I tell if the food has grain in it?
post #12 of 57
Read the label, or check the manufacturer website.

The most common grains you'll see in cat food are rice, corn, wheat, barley, or oats
post #13 of 57
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Originally Posted by mariaanddonnie View Post

How can I tell if the food has grain in it?

 

read the label. but if a cat food is grain-free, it will almost surely say so on the label, 

post #14 of 57
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Originally Posted by catman513 View Post

Assuming your kitten eats and then throws up more or less immediately (within a few minutes), this is not a problem with the content of the food. It would not even be partially digested by the time it is vomited up.

 

Sorry to disagree, but it can be a problem with the content of the food e.g. beef, carrageenan or other known intolerances that some kitties have. Upchucking food right away is a sure sign of an intolerance. Back in the days when I fed canned, one of mine would upchuck any canned food with beef in it immediately--didn't matter what brand of grain free. He has an intolerance to beef. BUT oddly enough, he can eat raw beef just fine.

 

I'm know that feeding a balanced raw diet isn't for everyone, but sometimes switching to a balanced raw diet can alleviate intolerances. Next to a balanced raw diet, a grain free canned is the best.

 

I would keep a log of what was fed, when it was fed, how much was fed, and how long after eating the vomiting occurred to see if there is a pattern. As others have said, maybe try smaller meals spaced out during the day. Or smoosh the food onto the plate so kitty can't eat as fast. Or try one of these types of stainless steel "slow eating down" smile.gif bowls: Slow-Feed Bowl.

post #15 of 57

When I was feeding my cats wet food, I alternated between Weruva, NV Instinct, BFF, Wellness (the grain-free ones), and Natural Balance. But..I'd check the labels to be sure they're carrageenan-free. Carrageenan isn't something you want in your cat's food.

post #16 of 57
Thread Starter 

It seems chicken is causing her to bring her food back up.

 

I have not had the chance to change over to a better brand. I'm still using canned Purina One pate. 

 

But I've got some extra money now and will purchase better ones for her.  I'm going with Weruva and Wellness.

post #17 of 57
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Originally Posted by mariaanddonnie View Post

It seems chicken is causing her to bring her food back up.

 

I have not had the chance to change over to a better brand. I'm still using canned Purina One pate. 

 

But I've got some extra money now and will purchase better ones for her.  I'm going with Weruva and Wellness.


Good choices!! highfive.gif

post #18 of 57
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Well, I think my kitten is sick.

This morning my husband fed her and she threw up immediately after.

He gave her something else and it seemed to stay down. He feed her a couple more times, little Meals, and she ate some and it stayed down.

This evening she was fed and within a couple minutes it came back up.

Both times it was real watery. Is that a sign of something? Could she be dronking too much water? My husband had seen her drink a lot of water.
Could a hairball in the making make her throw up?

She is playing, running around etc. And peeing and pooping.

I have not transitioned her yet to better food.
post #19 of 57

I think it's time for a vet visit and right away. She could have an obstruction and that's very dangerous! She could also have an infection. Cats are notoriously good at hiding illness and will still play and act normal when they're sick. You have to be the one to read the signs and in this case, throwing up is the sign. Please see a vet. 

post #20 of 57
Thread Starter 
Ok.
post #21 of 57
Thread Starter 
Ok, but my husband wants to see how she is tomorrow.

She doesnt do it after all meals and she doesn't do it everyday.
post #22 of 57

Try a teaspoon of food once per hour during daylight hours and see if she vomits it up.

 

 

Jack has a long narrow esophagus and will dependably vomit a meal of more than a few tablespoons (he is an adult cat) and dependably keep a meal of one tablespoon down. He is thriving and active, but being fed hourly throughout the day by a dispensing machine.

post #23 of 57
Thread Starter 
We feed her today and she is ok.

I really think she eats too fast sometimes. And I know when she threw up last night she was running and playing hard so I think it contributed to it.
post #24 of 57
Thread Starter 

Well, my little angel went over a week without throwing her food back up.  I just don't get it. 

 

I looked at what she threw up and I see some hair but not a lot. It doesn't look like a hairball. Most of it is the food.  I feed her about 1 tablespoon or so about 3-4 times a day of wet food.  I do put a little dry on it to get her to eat it.

 

I have not switched over to the non grain food yet.  I know I know.  I'm afraid to switch her over.  Why I don't know. 

 

I guess I should take her to the vet. But if something was really wrong with her wouldn't she throw up all the time?  And wouldn't she show other signs? She hates the vet, the carrier etc. 

 

This is exactly why I didn't want to get an animal.  You get attached to them and then they get sick.

post #25 of 57
Thread Starter 
Iguess it will be a visit to the vet this week. She threw up her food again.
post #26 of 57
My vet has told me that some cats are just barfy and it's nothing to worry about, as long as it's not every day. I dunno. . .I think it's a reaction to the food. My cousin has a cat who used to barf all the time, but now that she switched him to all canned food he hardly ever barfs. But just warning you that the vet may not be overly concerned smile.gif.
post #27 of 57

Throwing up this often for a kitty is not normal. I really do suggest going to the vet. Is she throwing up only food or is there hair in there? Is there any bile in it?

post #28 of 57
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I called the vet, the one on call caled back.

He thinks it could be a hair problem? I give her laxatone a coulpe times a week. There are no hairballs in it.....some hair but nota lot.

He mentioned worms.....but she was dewormed and is an inside cat.

He mentioned eating too fast can do it. Well goodness how do you stop a cat from eating too fast?

And he also mention eating too much. He said to only feed her twice a day. I don't think that's good. We feed her now abou 3 times a day about 6 hours apart. We give her about 1/3 of the can. We did stop putting dry on top.

If I switch to better canned food, is there a chance of her getting diarrhea or throwing up more? That is my worry about changing to grain free. I have been feeding her fancy feast kitten and purina one smart blend. I believe she has thrown up all th purina one kind. I know I should change her but it is expensive and my husband just got laid off. I have fancy feast classic pate. Maybe she is becoming ntolerable of purina kind.

I just feel if the food we are giving her is no good then wouldn't she throw up all meals and not just a select few?
post #29 of 57
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No bile--it would be yellow right?
post #30 of 57
Thread Starter 
Can drinking lots of water cause her to throw up? Her throw up looked so watery.

I just don't understand if she is sick, wouldn't she throw up each meal or all the time?
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