My Cat Vomits … Should I Be Worried?

There are hundreds of causes for vomiting and they range from very benign causes to nasty life threatening causes. So how do we tell the difference?

  1. Is your cat really vomiting? ….[Click below to read full newsletter]…
  2. Vomiting v Regurgitation ….[Click below to read full newsletter]…
  3. How often has your cat vomited? ….[Click below to read full newsletter]…
  4. What does the vomit look like?….[Click below to read full newsletter]…
  5. Is your cat showing any other signs of illness?….[Click below to read full newsletter]…

And, as disgusting as it sounds, it helps if you bring the vomit for us vets to look at. As vets we may want to take some blood from your cat, maybe take X-rays or organise an ultrasound. There are so many causes it can take some real detective skills to get an exact cause.

If your cat gets hairballs, it is important that we help remove the hair from the cat. Hair that leaves the stomach and passes into the cat’s intestine can cause some nasty blockages. A daily brushing/combing regime will decrease the amount of hair your cat ingests. Prevention is definitely the best solution. Cat-lax is an oil based product that can help the hair pass through. Science Diet has an excellent hair ball dry diet that bulks up the cat’s faeces and helps the hair pass through. Below are some images of hairballs – very attractive things!

If in doubt, please just check with your vet. All too often Katie and Jules would see cases on emergency that could have been easily prevented if intervention was seeked a few days earlier. When a cat (or dog) continues to vomit the body goes through enormous amount of stress and often the underlining cause worsens to a catastrophic level. A few dollars today could save thousands later trying to repair the damaged caused from leaving it too long.

 

Hello Pet Parents,

We have some very exciting news! To meet our growing demands, our DA was approved for an expansion which means we will have four more New York Apartments, more condo’s and a renovation to our Penthouse Suite which is already complete. We are working our way down the already long Christmas waiting list and will be contacting the first few on the list shortly. Once work is complete we will have a total of 51 accommodations and we hope this will relieve the waiting lists over school holidays.

Newly Renovated Penthouse Suite!

We currently have two adorable girls, a Mum and her daughter cat Ellie and Boo in boarding whom desperately need a forever loving home. Ellie is 2 years old, a gorgeous bubbly, friendly and smoochie desexed female. Boo is 1 years old desexed female and is heavily reliant on her Mum. She is a little more shy than her bubbly Mum although once she knows you she is very affectionate.
These gorgeous girls need to be homed together in a loving stable permanent home as they have already been adopted twice in their short lives. Please spread the word or can you offer these girls a permanent home?? Please call us 99583363 if you are interested.

Ellie right and daughter Boo left

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All the best,
Jules, Dr Katie and the cat caring team at Divine Creatures

My Cat Vomits … Should I Be Worried?

There are hundreds of causes for vomiting and they range from very benign causes to nasty life threatening causes. So how do we tell the difference?

  1. Is your cat really vomiting? Often cats are brought to vets for non-productive vomiting (nothing is brought up). This is not always vomiting. Cats should not cough and coughing is often mistaken for vomiting. Frothy fluid can sometimes be brought up whilst coughing. Always get veterinary advice if your cat starts coughing.
  2. Vomiting v Regurgitation – Often vomiting is mistaken for regurgitation. Vomiting is active abdominal contractions whilst heaving.  Regurgitation is when food ex spells from the mouth with no other signs. This is often caused by eating too fast
  3. How often has your cat vomited? One vomit in an otherwise happy, energetic cat that has no loss in appetite and has normal faeces, is not an emergency. If your cat continues to vomit consecutively this warrants emergency attention. If you cat vomits several times a day or more than once every few days get veterinary attention. If you cat vomits once every few weeks, talk to your vet about ruling out anything nasty, if all comes back clear perhaps a diet change may be the way to go. Food allergies also often present as vomiting cats.
  4. What does the vomit look like? Cats often chew on grass and vomit this up – this is relatively normal behaviour. Vomiting up hair balls during season changes is also normal. Vomit that contains blood, bile, green in colour, fluidy or smelly should be always be checked by a vet as soon as possible.
  5. Is your cat showing any other signs of illness? Weight loss, changes in appetite, changes to faeces, coat changes, twitching, decreased activity or sleeping more. In kittens we like to know if the kitten is growing well and if some foods stay down while others seem to get regurgitated. Vomiting is often a symptom (sign) of more serious diseases. So please seek veterinary attention earlier rather than later. Similarly, vomiting in older cat can be signs of something more sinister. Diabetics, Renal (kidney) and Hepatic (liver) issues often present as regular vomiting cats.

And, as disgusting as it sounds, it helps if you bring the vomit for us vets to look at. As vets we may want to take some blood from your cat, maybe take X-rays or organise an ultrasound. There are so many causes it can take some real detective skills to get an exact cause.

If your cat gets hairballs, it is important that we help remove the hair from the cat. Hair that leaves the stomach and passes into the cat’s intestine can cause some nasty blockages. A daily brushing/combing regime will decrease the amount of hair your cat ingests. Prevention is definitely the best solution. Cat-lax is an oil based product that can help the hair pass through. Science Diet has an excellent hair ball dry diet that bulks up the cat’s faeces and helps the hair pass through. Below are some images of hairballs – very attractive things!

If in doubt, please just check with your vet. All too often Katie and Jules would see cases on emergency that could have been easily prevented if intervention was seeked a few days earlier. When a cat (or dog) continues to vomit the body goes through enormous amount of stress and often the underlining cause worsens to a catastrophic level. A few dollars today could save thousands later trying to repair the damaged caused from leaving it too long.

Leo    23 July    -22 August

Leo, king of the cats, that is how your Leo cat views himself. They must rule the roost and be the boss and leave you in no doubt to who is in charge. Leo’s are not a good cat in multicat families as they tend to be far too bossy for other cats. They are very particular to the way they look and spend a lot of time grooming themselves. As long as you let your Leo cat be the boss they will love you to death. When they think no-one is looking they can be big cuddly babies.

Compatible Owners: Aries, Leo
Favourite Food: Only the best of everything
Best Attribute: Loyalty
Worst Attribute: Haughtiness

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  • Side Cut-outs: Cat moves the food through the maze by pawing at it through the side openings
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Treat balls are a simple yet effective way of keeping your dog or cat amused for hours, whilst working their natural hunting instincts.
For pets with separation anxiety the treat ball is an effective way of distracting them whilst you leave and will keep their minds active whilst you’re away. A simple affordable dog and cat toy.