Your cat constantly throwing up white foam can be caused by a number of things. These include digestive problems such as indigestion or hairball formation, but also gastritis or irritable bowel syndrome. Your veterinarian can help you figure out what’s wrong with your cat and how best to help your pet. Below you will find some explanations of the causes and the possible effects on your cat.
The cat’s stomach, like that of humans, produces a variety of gastric secretions as well as hydrochloric acid to aid in the digestion of food. However, the accumulation of juice and acid in the stomach can upset the stomach and cause your cat to vomit if they skip a meal for any reason. Indigestion can cause cats to vomit yellow foam in addition to the white foam they normally vomit. If you and your vet think your cat’s vomiting is caused by indigestion, your vet may recommend giving her short, frequent meals at the same time each day to reduce the buildup of stomach acid in your cat’s stomach.
All cats lick themselves to groom themselves and it is inevitable that they will eat some fur in the process. Fur in the stool can occasionally be passed, but it can also accumulate and be difficult to pass under certain circumstances. In this case, the fur must be disposed of in some way, and your cat will vomit it up. If your cat is vomiting white foam but has no fur yet, this could be the start of a hairball. There are over-the-counter supplements available in chewable or gel form to help prevent hairballs. Regular brushing can also help remove loose hair from your cat’s coat that she might otherwise eat during daily grooming.
If your cat has a habit of getting into things it shouldn’t, it’s possible that it may have upset its stomach from something it ate. If this happens you may see white foam coming out of your mouth and blood and/or bile being vomited up. Your cat may also show signs of dehydration, such as B. decreased appetite, sad mood, or lethargy. If your cat is throwing up due to gastritis, your vet will know exactly what to do.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS) is a digestive disorder that affects the gut (IBS).
In cats, one of the most common causes of vomiting is irritable bowel syndrome (also known as inflammatory bowel disease). Cats suffering from irritable bowel syndrome may also experience diarrhea and/or chronic decompensation, according to the Veterinary Journal. If your veterinarian thinks your cat has irritable bowel syndrome, they will order lab tests to confirm the diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan to relieve your cat’s symptoms.
Like dogs and humans, it’s possible for cats to develop pancreatitis. It can be either acute or chronic. This disease can also occur in conjunction with other diseases, e.g. B. with gastrointestinal diseases, liver diseases, and/or diabetes. Symptoms of pancreatitis in cats include lethargy, loss of appetite, dehydration, weight loss, low body temperature, yellowing of the skin and eyes, fever, and abdominal pain. 5 If your cat’s vomiting is caused by pancreatitis, your vet will likely want to start fluid and drug treatment right away.
Hepatic Insufficiency is a Disease that Affects the Liver
When a cat has liver disease, it may show a range of non-specific symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, or weight loss, in addition to more serious signs such as jaundice or yellowing of the skin and sclera (the whites of the eyes). Although the liver disease cannot be cured, symptoms can be controlled. Your veterinarian will put together a treatment plan for your cat to get better soon.
Increased thirst and urination, as well as weight loss and dehydration, are the main signs of diabetes in cats, just like in dogs and humans. If your cat is suddenly starting to drink and urinate excessively, whether in conjunction with any of the other symptoms described above or on its own, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of your cat’s diabetes, your vet may recommend starting insulin therapy or simply changing the food.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition that affects many older cats and is relatively common. CKD manifests itself i.a. by a significant increase in drinking volume, changed urine output, loss of appetite, dehydration, a depressed mood, brittle fur, and weakness. 8 Kidney disease, like liver disease, has no cure, but symptoms can be managed.
If your senior cat is showing signs of urinary incontinence, you should take her to the vet immediately. If they determine that your cat has chronic kidney disease (CKD), they can discuss with you supportive care options that can be provided both at home and in the hospital to help your cat manage its kidney failure.
Another very common condition in older cats is an overactive thyroid, which is also quite common. Weight loss despite increased eating and drinking are possible symptoms, as are diarrhea, increased urination, and excessive vocalization, in addition to vomiting. 9 If your senior cat develops any of these symptoms, a blood test will be done to determine the level of thyroid hormones. If your cat does indeed have an overactive thyroid, your vet will discuss the possibility of administering medication daily to reduce the symptoms of the disease.
Vomiting in a young kitten who has not been dewormed regularly can often be a sign of an untreated parasitic infection, especially when combined with diarrhea. In most cases, examining a stool sample and administering the correct deworming medication can resolve the situation immediately.
Instead of accepting the common misconception that it’s normal for a cat to vomit on a regular basis, seek professional help for your puking cat. Make an appointment with your veterinarian, who can help you determine the cause of your cat’s vomiting. Your cat (and floors) will thank you.