an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in ve­teri­nary sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet with Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog: smal­l­an­i­ Dr Anne Fawcett

VOM­IT­ING is a com­mon clin­i­cal sign in cats, for which there are oo­dles of pos­si­ble causes. It is all too easy to dis­miss vom­it­ing as sim­ply the elim­i­na­tion of fur balls, but these are only one pos­si­ble cause.

Other causes of vom­it­ing in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, food in­tol­er­ance or al­ler­gies, in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease (yes, cats suf­fer from this too), par­a­sites, bac­te­rial or vi­ral in­fec­tion, di­a­betes, thy­roid dis­ease, kid­ney dis­ease and even can­cer. In­testi­nal lym­phoma is the most com­mon can­cer as­so­ci­ated with vom­it­ing in cats, usu­ally oc­cur­ring in cats over 10 years old.

If your cat vom­its and loses weight, has any change in ap­petite or thirst or seems un­well, it’s bet­ter to get them checked out by your vet. Blood tests can help rule out meta­bolic causes of vom­it­ing, such as di­a­betes or thy­roid dis­ease.

I do see the oc­ca­sional cat who is prone to gorge food ravenously, and then vomit af­ter­wards. There is a sim­ple so­lu­tion for this. Feed one-third-to-half of the food, wait a few min­utes, then feed another third or half and so on.

If your cat does have fur balls – these look like com­pacted fi­brous sausages and can be tricky to dis­tin­guish from stools. If the prob­lem does not re­solve within a few days, see your vet.

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