PET AD­VICE

The Advertiser - - WEEKEND EXTRA - YOUR GUIDE - DR MARK REEVE

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.

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