At one time or another, we are sure that nearly every cat owner has experienced a bout of vomiting or diarrhea with their cat. Typically, this is from a cat eating something disagreeable, eating too much or too fast, are overly excited or nervous, have hairballs, or their body is reacting to any of a number of other non-serious conditions. One thing to do when your cat is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea is to take all food and water away from her so whatever has irritated her tummy (and intestines) can settle down. (Now, you may allow the cat to drink very small amounts so you don't worry about dehydration, too.) If the diarrhea or vomiting resolves after 24 hours, give your cat very small amounts of a bland food, such as drained, cooked hamburger or chicken mixed with an equal amount of cooked rice.
While you are doing this test for those 24 hours, be sure to watch your cat closely. Dr. Foster’s and Smith Pet Education center encourages you to ask yourself some of the following questions:
- Is your cat’s behavior and activity otherwise normal?
- Could your cat have eaten something (like grass or a plant, garbage, or a dead animal) that upset her digestive system?
- Has your cat been wormed lately?
Now, the next few recommendations may be a tad gross for you to do, but it will help your vet diagnose what could be wrong with your pet:
- Watch hour your pet vomits, so you can describe it to your vet
- Examine the stool and the vomit, and you may even consider collecting some samples in case you need to take your pet into the vet
Now, the vomiting or diarrhea don’t resolve within 24 hours, if you see blood in either sample, or your cat is vomiting and has diarrhea together, it’s time to take your pet into the vet.
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