THIS week’s article is written for the owners of Socks the cat, who sent me a lovely letter and photo asking why he vomits so much.
This is an important question and one that requires us to ask how much vomiting is normal for cats and when does it become something to worry about.
So why is it that we think some vomiting is normal for cats? For cats that vomit intermittently, once a month can be normal. This is because cats spend so much of their time focused on their cleanliness.
What this means is they spend more time than other pet animals keeping themselves clean by grooming. Inevitably they are exposed to large volumes of dust and other irritants, leading to occasionally gastric irritation and consequently vomiting.
It also means they ingest quite a lot of hair. A majority of cats cope with this and never seem to need to vomit up hairballs. Others don’t
Health of long-haired cats can be impacted by their grooming habits.