Vomiting in cats
Some owners, unfortunately, believe that vomiting in cats itself is not a serious problem — overeaten, they say, pet, well, who doesn't? In fact, vomiting can be a symptom of serious diseases, so treat it lightly in any case impossible.
Itself vomiting in cats is not a disease it is only a symptom of one of many possible health problems. Of course, the most common cause of vomiting is indigestion. They can be caused by overeating, sudden change of diet, eating stale food or even inedible things. This so-called alimentary causes of vomiting. In this case, vomiting is a protective mechanism that helps to remove harmful substances from the body.
Also vomiting in cats can be caused by accumulation of hair in the stomach - it is something that is excreted from the body with vomiting. This is not true for all cats, but mostly for long-haired animals, as well as for animals suffering from stomach diseases. Vomiting in a cat can also be a consequence of worm infestations, infectious diseases (including catnip), systemic diseases, gastritis and other gastrointestinal diseases.
If the vomit has blood, it means that the cat has trauma to the gastrointestinal tract. Scarlet Blood in Vomiting indicates damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract — mouth, pharynx, and esophagus. If the blood brown, similar to coffee grounds. then the bleeding occurred in the stomach. It can be caused by damage to the foreign body or systemic disease, up to the tumor.
Vomiting in cats with white foam indicates that vomiting has occurred empty the stomach. If it does not reappear, the cat's okay. And vomiting bile — to be worried, because normally bile does not have to get into the stomach of the animal. In this case, you need to go to the vet. Even more alarming symptom — green vomiting the cat, its cause may be intestinal obstruction, so the veterinarian should be contacted immediately!
So, what to do if your cat's vomiting? To begin evaluate the condition of the animal after vomiting. As far as the cat active? Retained her appetite? What is a cat's temperature? Normal body temperature of a cat is 38-39°C. If vomiting in cats once, the temperature is normal, the cat remains active and appetite, it is likely caused by the vomiting of alimentary reasons. In this case, you need to put a cat on a starvation diet for 12-24 hours. Water give without restrictions!
And all the time monitor your cat. If vomiting in cats is repeated, the cat gets worse, or you suspect that the cat could swallow an inedible object you need to go to the vet. Particular attention should be paid to older animals (8 years and older) and kittens to six months. If vomiting continues, you can not give the cat anything, not even water!
If the case is more complex — repeated vomiting (more than two), debilitating (lasts more than a day), it has blood or bile, in General, in all cases when the animal's condition inspires you fear, you need to immediately contact to the vet! Self in this case can not deal with, wrong actions or inactivity can kill an animal!
The doctor will run a diagnostic (examination, blood test, ultrasound, x-ray, etc.) and on this basis prescribe treatment. Regardless of the diagnosis, is usually prescribed maintenance treatment. aimed at fighting the dehydration of the body and the loss of electrolytes, which usually accompany vomiting.
Many cases vomiting can be prevented. Feed your cat only high-quality food or good prepared food, or a full, balanced "straight", in any case, do not feed your cat food from your table, it is bad! If you are not sure that you can give your cat and what is not, consult your vet, he will help you to choose the diet.
Annually do to the cat vaccinations against infectious diseases, twice a year -. Long-haired cats need to be combed regularly, and if necessary, give them a special paste that dissolves the wool. Make sure that the cat does not have access to threads and needles, a trash can and toxic substances (including household chemicals). Toys for cats should be large, strong, without small parts made of non-toxic materials.
Once a year will take the cat to the vet for a checkup, even if she looks perfectly healthy. If your pet is older than ten years then twice a year. Remember, your pet's health is in your hands!