Cat throwing up 4 times in 10 days.

Last month we went on vacation for 12 days, and our cat, Huey, got fatter. It is one month later and in the past 10 days Huey has thrown up his food 4 times. The vomit is normal looking - it is the same color as his food and is basically soggy food. I am getting a little worried about him.

Thank you for writing in with concern for your Huey.

If he is overweight and is vomiting enough that he begins to lose weight quickly, he could develop hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease. This condition is very treatable if caught early, so Huey should be seen by a vet as soon as possible to stay on top of any possible weight loss.

In terms of possible causes for the vomiting, the list is incredibly lengthy. There are many cats that vomit frequently or regularly, but if this isn't the case for Huey, it could be diabetes, hyperthyroidism, parasites, hairballs, or even a foreign body, to name a few. Without more information and without seeing Huey for an exam, it really is impossible to diagnose the cause.

There are some possible environmental causes for his vomiting as well. Was there any change in food, either since you've been home or while you were away? A change in diet could certainly contribute to vomiting. Also, he may have eaten more while you were away due to stress, and may have acquired a habit of eating too quickly. Eating too quickly can cause cats to regurgitate their meals.

To read more about the causes of vomiting in cats, please click here. But in any case, sudden and frequent vomiting warrants a trip to a veterinarian for an examination.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

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