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Help! My Cat Keeps Throwing Up

Cats are such unique animals for many reasons…

They delight in the physical presence of humans but also have their own mind. Cats tend to go where they want, whenever they want.

Cats have a natural tendency to express deep love for their humans. This bond between cat and family can make it upsetting when all of a sudden your cat starts throwing up ‒ especially when that cat is your emotional support animal.

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No doubt you’ve witnessed your furry friend coughing up hairballs due to self-grooming. The occasional expelling of a hairball every so often is healthy and should be easy to identify. But other suspicious behavior, such as repeated vomiting, may signal a more serious issue with your cat’s health. You may ask, is my cat sick?

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Here are some common reasons why your cat may be throwing up more than usual:

Vomiting a Yellow-Green Fluid

A cat that is vomiting bile or looks like a yellow vomit may be dealing with intestinal inflammation, acid reflux or a case of gastritis. Throwing up bile, a bitter, yellow-green fluid, is more common in older cats. The vomiting will usually occur in the early morning or late evening hours. According to PetMD, this type of chronic, intermittent vomiting may have an unknown cause. Treatments include medications to increase gastric motility to overcome delayed emptying of stomach and/or drugs that decrease stomach acid secretion, thus preventing reflux and damage to the lining of the stomach. As a solution, pet stores carry the best cat food for sensitive stomach vomiting.

Throwing Up After Eating

If your cat is eating too much and vomiting, it may experience regurgitation of undigested parts of its meal. This is simply because they are consuming food too quickly. If you notice your cat eating quickly then throwing up food, you may need to feed them smaller meals throughout the day. On the other hand, if you have recently changed your pet’s diet or brand of food, that could also be the root of the problem. A popular diet to look into is the Pet Scan Diet.

Vomiting Foam

For humans, this is a serious and scary problem. For cats, throwing up white foam can be a related to stomach irritation, gastritis, hairballs or changes in their diet. Sometimes, cats will throw up a white foam when their eating schedule is changed too quickly. Although, we don’t believe it to be life threatening, a trip to the vet is highly suggested. There could be a possibility that your cat may have eaten something they shouldn’t have. It could be helpful to shop around for the best cat food for your pet.

ESA or PSA Certification?

The benefits of an Emotional Support Animal certification and a Psychiatric Service Dog certification are drastically different. Fortunately for you, American Service Pets’ network of active board certified doctors can help you find the right path to certification. To find out whether you need an ESA or PSD letter, take our easy, three-step Pet Owner Survey!

Acute Vomiting

If your cat’s behavior includes the onset of acute vomiting, it may have gotten a hold of contaminated water or food. This can result in vomiting, diarrhea and anemia. It is important to have a vet examine your cat if they begin to experience these symptoms.  The diagnosis may be a parasitic infection that can actually spread to humans if not treated.

Good cat health includes regular grooming, clean teeth, fresh water every day  and a good-quality, wet cat food in which the first ingredient is a meat or fish. Visit American Service Pets to get your cat an ESA-approval letter that will qualify your beloved feline to travel with you as well as qualify you for ESA housing. We experience 95% of our applicants passing qualification criteria, and your official ESA letter is accepted across the nation.

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Due to the new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy, Emotional Support Animals are NO longer allowed to fly in airplane cabins for free. However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are eligible.


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