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Cat keeps throwing up her food

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my 7 month old tabby keeps throwing up her food. i dont know what the problem is. we've been feeding her 9 lives twice a day. i put about 2/3 of a cup in each of my two cat's bowls once in the morning, and once at night. I'm used to my older cat just grazing throughout the day, but this one eats everything you give her at once, and i have a suspicion that she is getting into other kitty's food as well. she might have been eating my house plant, which i'm throwing out tomorrow since its dying anyway. she is not coughing up hairballs, she is actually throwing up food. I dont know if she is just eating too much at a time, or what. but this is getting troublesome to clean up after constantly, and i know it must be miserable for her too. other than that, she doesn't act like she is sick. what can i do? 

post #2 of 10

What kind of houseplant is it?

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Thread Starter 

its called a "money tree" plant

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I can only speak from experience with my own kitties, but my female cat would throw up her food sometimes too (I mean before she got sick and threw up everything). If she was overly hungry, she would eat her food so fast that she wouldn't even chew it. She'd swallow whole kibbles and then throw it back up about 10 minutes later. Is the food you give your kitty wet or dry? Does it look like it's at all digested? And how soon after she eats does she throw up? It's been a long time since any of my furbabies were 7 months old, so I don't know how a kitten's appetite compares to that of a grown kitty, but is it possible she's not getting enough food per meal? It might explain why she feels the need to scarf every bit of it and then go snacking on the other cat's food. I didn't find much info about money trees being deadly to cats, but just because it's non-toxic doesn't mean it can't cause an upset stomach. So yes, it is also possible your kitten is tossing her cookies from having a gnaw on your plant. Maybe give her a couple days after the plant goes byebye and see if she improves. But that's just my two cents - I'm not an actual vet. I just play one on TV. :)
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Why can't you throw out the plant now? I have a sneaking suspicion that's part of it but 9 Lives is not a very good food. Can you afford to give something else? Even Friskies or Fancy Feast is better than 9 Lives. Stick with the pate ones as they are grain free and healthier. Get the plant out of the house asap. 

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because my dumpster is all the way down the street from my apartment and it was dark outside already. conveniently, we ran out of 9 lives the same day i made this post so today we bought friskies instead. i am going to try more frequent meals but with less food at one time. that way she is not as hungry when i put food in the bowl and doesn't stuff herself to the point of being sick.  

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Gotcha! If the Friskies doesn't do the trick you may have to go to grain free. Grains can cause of a lot of intestinal issues. 

post #8 of 10

It sounds like you are using hard food? 2/3 cup of wet food is a lot twice a day. 

 

When did this start? Recently?

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@ Runekeeper

 

Thanks for the info. My 4 year old cat has now officially thrown up twice today and  two other times the other day. the first time today it was mainly furballs. but the other times it was his wet food/canned food. he has barely drank any water today and its been so hot today. im new to this site and to owning a cat for the most part. does he need shots every year?

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@ Runekeeper

 

Thanks for the info. My 4 year old cat has now officially thrown up twice today and  two other times the other day. the first time today it was mainly furballs. but the other times it was his wet food/canned food. he has barely drank any water today and its been so hot today. im new to this site and to owning a cat for the most part. does he need shots every year?

Welcome it TCS! The thread you are responding to is from 2012 so the posters may not respond. You can start your own thread asking for advice about your cat. 

 

I actually have been going through a similar problem with my cat. Cats can get hairball blockages which often present themselves as the cat vomiting up multiple hairballs and are unable to keep down much food. Here is a thread about what I am going through with my cat and I have received amazing advice which has really helped my cat especially from Carolina who has had the same problems with her cats (http://www.thecatsite.com/t/259470/vomiting-bile-possible-blockage-in-ragodoll-what-to-ask-vet). Your cat really needs to go to the vet right away because he is most likely very dehydrated and not getting enough food- this is a very dangerous situation and needs to be addressed immediately!

 

As for vaccines there is a lot of debate but the most recent advice is that you do not need to vaccinate every year for indoor cats. The only vaccine you should probably get is rabies because that is the law in most places. Here is a great article written by a vet on vaccines (http://catinfo.org/?link=vaccines). 

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