Vet Hansel answers your questions about pet care in this weekly advice column, created in partnership with the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA). It will also be highlighting each week some of the animals in the BSPCA sanctuary, in the hope of finding each of them a loving home.
Question: My cat, Boris, keeps vomiting the food he eats. He is slim, has a normal appetite, is reasonably playful and apart from this he seems healthy. Could there be something wrong with him?
Answer: Getting your cat checked by a vet is definitely the best solution to detect the problem.
It might be worth video graphing an episode of the vomition and writing down as many symptoms as you possibly can see in your cat, so the vet can make the best possible diagnosis.
First of all it is important to understand whether your cat is actually vomiting or just regurgitating.
Regurgitation is a passive process of emptying the contents of the esophagus which usually happens immediately after eating food.
The food brought up by regurgitation is usually undigested, may have a tubular shape, and is often covered with slimy mucus.
From the symptoms that you have mentioned, it looks like your cat is most likely suffering from regurgitation rather than vomition.
One of the major causes for this is rapid eating in cats.
To avoid this rapid feeding, try feeding the cat separately away from other cats, so that competition from other cats during feeding is avoided.
Also, try feeding him smaller meals more often, till you notice a reduction in eating speed.
However, there are also other medical reasons why cats regurgitate.
It is safest to consult your vet for diagnostic purposes.
- Dr Hansel Geo is a veterinary consultant and surgeon for the BSPCA. Please send questions to email@example.com.
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