Reasons Your Cat May Be Vomiting

Reasons Your Cat May Be Vomiting

Cats are usually pretty carefree and independent. But an unpleasant bout of vomiting can dampen a cat's spirits and worry the owners, especially if the reason is unknown. At Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we have years of experience identifying and addressing the underlying causes of cat illness. Here are several of the most common reasons your cat may be vomiting.


Sometimes cats get a little too enthusiastic about their food. Like many pets, overeating in cats can cause vomiting. If you notice your cat scarfing down their food, their quick pace may soon result in throwing up. Recurring overeating can be minimized with creative cat bowls that slow down their speed. If your cat regularly throws up after each meal, a visit to our Knoxville vet can confirm whether or not there is a more serious issue at play.


Cats are prone to hairballs due to their self-grooming preferences. A clump of undigested hair in your cat’s digestive system may lead to a few hacks and spasms as your cat tries to cough it up on its own. Usually, cats are successful at expelling hairballs, but if they are having trouble throwing up, a visit to the vet may be required. Trapped hairballs that are left unaddressed for too long can lead to potentially fatal blockages.

Serious Illnesses

If your cat's vomiting is frequent and severe, they may be suffering from a serious illness or life-threatening condition. Foreign objects stuck in the stomach can cause vomiting, as can food allergies or poisoning. Diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease also lead to vomiting in cats. Our veterinarian will assess your cat’s health to determine what is causing them to vomit.

Vet Care for Cat Vomiting

Sometimes vomiting is due to normal feline behavior while other times it indicates a serious medical issue. If your cat is vomiting frequently, Bluegrass Animal Hospital is ready to assist you. For more information on cat vomiting or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (865) 694-8387.

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