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Why Is My Cat Regurgitating Her Food So Often: What Could Be Wrong?


Dear VetBabble: Why Does My Cat Regurgitate Her Food So Frequently?

Many pet owners are faced with the distressing situation of their beloved cat persistently regurgitating food. If this situation is familiar to you, don’t panic, I’m here to help. Cats do occasionally vomit just like us humans, and sometimes it’s not even vomit but a fast expulsion of food known as regurgitation, which is often mistaken for vomiting. However, if you find yourself constantly cleaning up your cat’s undigested food and the issue seems persistent, I’d recommend a consultation with your vet for further investigation. He or she might suggest some advanced diagnostic tests, such as X-rays or an endoscopy.

Understanding the Difference Between Vomiting and Regurgitation

When a cat is vomiting, the food comes from the stomach or the upper intestines and is often accompanied by other signs of illness such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or even diarrhea. Regurgitation, on the other hand, is usually brought up passively without any noticeable effort. This is often seen in cats who eat too quickly. Understanding the difference between these two can help us better approach the situation. To read more on this, kindly check Why is My Cat Vomiting?.

Potential Causes for Your Cat’s Behavior and What Can Be Done?

Heavy eaters tend to gulp down their food without chewing it properly. This could be one of the reasons why your cat is regurgitating food. There could also be medical reasons like gastroesophageal reflux or even some structural abnormalities. Depending on the cause, your vet may propose a diet change, smaller, more frequent meals, or a special bowl that slows down eating. If it’s a hairball issue, as cats do groom themselves, there is an article about Hairballs and Cats: What Should I Know? which provides useful insights.

The possibility of a serious underlying health problem cannot be completely ruled out, especially if your cat displays other symptoms. For example, vomiting could be a symptom of kidney disease, infection, or food intolerance, among other things. My recommendation is to monitor your cat’s behavior closely and seek veterinary assistance if you notice anything unusual. You can learn more about this in Vomiting in Dogs: Causes, Treatment & When to Worry, where similar conditions affect our furry friends.

What if My Cat Refuses to Eat Because of This?

Occasional regurgitation or vomiting, while not a pleasant experience for your cat or you as the one cleaning up, should not affect your cat’s appetite drastically.

If, however, you notice that your cat’s eating habits have changed and she refuses to eat due to constant sickness, this can be a cause for concern. Cats should not skip meals for more than 24 hours. That’s why it’s essential to take your cat to the vet to check what’s going on if you notice any changes in her appetite. Gentle encouragement and food changes can sometimes do wonders. Read more on this subject in My Cat Won’t Eat! What Should I Do?.

In conclusion, frequent regurgitation of food in cats is not a normal behavior, and it’s essential to seek veterinary advice. A thorough diagnosis will allow you to understand better why your feline friend is behaving this way and allow for appropriate interventions to be taken. Remember, every provision for your pet’s health will ensure a happier and healthier companion for life.

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