Vomiting is defined as the forceful ejection of gastric and occasionally, proximal small intestine content through the mouth.
Most cats will very occasionally vomit. Because humans hate to vomit, we assume that the same applies to our cats. The concern is not the act of vomiting but the frequency and the potential cause.
Vomiting occurs under the control of a series of complex activities originating in the vomit centre of the brain and a chemical receptor in the heart. Between them, they recognise stimuli from elsewhere in the body which triggers gastric and diaphragmatic contraction leading to vomiting. Many animals will have increased salivation indicating nausea before vomiting.
The importance of the owner’s assessment is to determine the importance of the symptom and whether it warrants professional help by visiting the veterinarian or whether home care and nursing will suffice. The following symptoms should be noted?
Unfortunately, only experience, common sense and professional knowledge can give you all the answers, but the general rule is that if the vomiting is only occasional, of recent duration and if your pet is reasonably bright, then probably there is not too much to worry about and, vice versa.
There are too many causes of vomiting to list here. However, the article will look at a few of the more compelling causes and solutions.
Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms. If your cat is reasonably bright, passing faeces and vomiting just a couple of times per week, then home nursing may be all that is required.
If vomiting persists for more than 48 hours, seek veterinary attention.