All You Need to Know About Kitten Vomiting
A kitten vomiting is actually a relatively common situation that can range from being very mild to extremely severe and life threatening. However, it is important to know that a kitten vomiting is always for a reason and determining that reason is essential if the vomiting is continuous and lasts more than a few hours. Throughout this article we will examine all you need to know about a kitten vomiting as well as when it is important to contact a veterinarian.
When dealing with a vomiting feline it is essential to examine the vomit. Note the color as well as texture (including anything that is chunky). This information may prove to be extremely helpful to a veterinarian. From here it is important to call a veterinarian if it is the first occasion of random kitten vomiting, especially if the kitten has yet to see a vet and receive shots and worm medicine. The veterinarian will need to know not only the frequency, but also how your feline has been acting over the last several hours or even a day.
Outside of the kitten realm, cats may vomit occasionally just like a human. They may eat something that does not settle well with them (like humans), or they may even overeat. There are a variety of reasons for an occasional vomit in a cat. However, there are also some relatively serious issues that can cause vomiting in your feline friend.
Some of the causes of vomiting in a cat can be due to parasites, a bacterial infection, exercising after eating, motion sickness, exposure to toxins, and much more. Cats can also vomit due to hairballs from frequent grooming. Obviously some of these issues are very minor and are not serious, with some being actually normal. However, toxins, bacteria, and parasites need to be treated by a veterinarian in order to relieve your feline of the symptoms. Note that vomiting may also be a sign of feline leukemia and even heart disease.
The best way to determine if your cat needs to see a veterinarian (aside from if they are throwing up without having their shots updated) is if a lethargic cat accompanies the vomiting. Blood in the vomit is also a very bad sign and is a clue to seek a veterinarian. Prolonged vomiting or a loss of appetite and diarrhea are also important signs that should lead you to call the doctor for an appointment to determine the cause of the problem. If you see parasites or foreign objects in the vomit be sure to consult the veterinarian as soon as possible.
However, if the vomiting appears to be a one-time thing and is the only symptom, chances are your feline is fine. The most likely cause of vomiting is a hairball that blocks the digestive system. It is also important to distinguish between vomiting and regurgitation. The biggest difference between the two is that when a cat vomits you can tell it is actively ejecting the substance from its body; however, regurgitation looks relatively involuntary. The food from vomiting is generally digested at least partially and contains yellow fluid as well.
In conclusion, most of the time a kitten vomiting can be a relatively common situation in which the cause is as simply as a hairball. However, it can also be a life-threatening situation that requires immediate attention. The best way to determine if you need to call a veterinarian is if the vomit is prolonged, contains blood, contains a foreign object, or is accompanied by other symptoms described above. In either situation, if the kitten does not yet have its shots it is highly recommended that you get to a veterinarian in order to determine the cause and get the cat updated on its shots.