Cat Throwing up Food But Acting Normal

Surely, you would automatically think that vomiting is a symptom of some serious illness. After all, isn’t vomiting the body’s natural mechanism to expel something that shouldn’t have come in in the first place? But there are certain scenarios wherein cat throwing up food but acting normal happens!

Reasons Why Cat is Throwing Up?

There could be a number of reasons that will explain why your cat threw up food and yet it seems as if nothing happened. While vomiting can be a telltale sign that something is wrong, when you encounter the situations listed below, perhaps you could somehow relax a bit.

Hairballs – the usual suspect

When there’s cat, there will definitely be hairballs! And lots of them I tell you. Cats will definitely be accompanied by hairballs whenever they go, this is an indispensable aspect of their life (although you can manage them by trying out some hairball control cat food). With their obsession in making sure to keep themselves clean and tidy, it is inevitable that they would ingest their own fur and a mass of hairball will be accumulated in their stomachs.

In this case, may I remind you that the expulsion of hairballs chooses no schedule! It comes out when it comes out. Even if your cat is eating, a hairball could be expelled from its stomach. This is quite a normal body process and occurs frequently. 

Anything in excess is not good

Perhaps your cats enjoyed the meal you've prepared for them too much, or maybe your cats didn't want to share the great meal that's why they wolfed down the food as fast as they can. Gluttony and greed do not go together dear cats! Eating too much and too fast all at once will surely cause your cats to throw up all the food they have gobbled down. And oh what a waste would that be!

As what the old saying would tell us, anything in excess is not good. The key to preventing your cat from eating too much is to regulate the portions of its meal. In this day and age, where technology is so advanced, there are a lot of automatic cat feeders you could choose from. 

You are what you eat

It is important to check the cat food we give our cats. Our cats’ stomachs may not tolerate low quality cat food as it could be lacking the necessary elements our cats need to sustain its lifestyle. Better quality cat food means better quality ingredients and will be enough to sustain our cats’ needs.

If you stick to only one cat food, and the same flavor every time, there will come a day that your cat will simply reject this cat food. If your cat threw up while eating, check if you have been feeding it the same thing for the past days. Variety is key! You can stick to the same brand of cat food but see to it that you are able to alternate from different available flavors.

Speaking of variation in flavors, it is also important to take into consideration your cat's preference. A cat throwing up food but acting normal may be an indication that they didn't quite have a liking to the cat food you tried to feed them.

Lack of certain enzymes

Cats who have a medical condition called pancreatitis may end up throwing up as they eat. This is due to the fact that the pancreas is unable to produce the required amount of enzymes responsible for digesting food. These enzymes are lipase, protease, and amylase. Without them, food will not be properly digested, resulting to your cat just belching out what they just ate.

Stomach Bug

Earlier, we have mentioned how vomiting is the body’s natural mechanism to expel anything that could be bad for it. Perhaps, there is a foreign object that your cat has ingested and vomiting is the first reaction of its stomach in order to reject the foreign body. Nothing to worry about especially if the ingested foreign object is expelled properly.

What Can You Do?

  • 1. Always be mindful of your cat’s diet
  • 2. Regulate your cat’s intake of food
  • 3. Take daily trips to the vet for check-ups
  • 4. Make sure to reduce your cat’s vulnerability to ingesting foreign objects by eliminating them.
  • 5. Always check if the vomiting is accompanied by other symptoms.

Round Up 

That’s all! I hope you learned a lot more about your feline friends today! Looking out for them is not easy, but with effort and proper knowledge, we can do it!

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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