Post # 1
This morning, our cat threw up in her litter box and in her food bowl. She’s been acting fine all afternoon, but this is the first time in her life she has thrown up on her stuff instead of mine.
So, would you think that was weird enough to warrant a visit, or would you see if it happened again? She’s 14, almost 15.
Post # 3
at that age, I think I would take her to the vet. My cat does that pretty often though. She is 10 though, and she has done it all her life
Post # 4
The fact that she’s throwing up would bother me more than what she’s throwing up on…you have to be careful with cats and not eating, or eating and throwing up, too much time goes by without food and they get fatty liver disease, no turning back at that point.
Post # 5
@Nona99: She’s a long haired cat, she throws up (even with hairball medicine) every couple of weeks or so. She has done this all her life–and she has eaten since this morning.
She’s kind of a miracle cat–in 2005 she got sick, like really sick. She lost most of her hair, was too weak to jump in my lap, and lost about half of her body weight. I did all of the tests, and they found nothing, so I took her to put her down. But I couldn’t do it, I was too upset.
So I took her home, gave her a bath, and voila. She completely turned around, grew her hair, gained her weight (and then some) and hasn’t had so much as a cold since then.
Post # 6
@Quietserenity: That is NUTS…my cat isn’t urpy at all…so if she throws up, we got a problem!
Post # 7
Personally, I’d just keep an eye on her. If she isn’t showing any more symptoms then it’s likely that whatever was bothering her resolved itself.
Post # 8
Did you check the vomit for worms? Gross, I know, but important.
If that is clear, I don’t think you need a vet trip (as long as she doesn’t keep throwing up).
Post # 9
My cats throw up all the time so I wouldn’t think anything of it depending on what was thrown up.
One of our cats gets hairballs really bad every couple months, the other throws up if he eats his dry food too fast, he’ll also throw up if he’s caught and eaten an animal that he cant digest very well (frog skin & feathers)… So if it was any of those things I wouldn’t think twice.
But if its out of the ordinary it wouldn’t hurt to call the vet.
Post # 10
I think if it happens continuiosly for more than 1 week, the cat becomes lethargic (lacking energy), has pain of any sort, or is acting out of sorts then I would take her in. Esp. at that age, but I would give it at least a week, unless something alarming is happening or you have a bad gut feeling about something.
Post # 11
Depends on how much your cat hates the vet. If it doesn’t stress him out too much it would probably be worth the fee to me to have it checked out. But my cat FREAKS OUT about the vet and so I always weight the possiblity for something wrong vs. the stress of making him go to the vet. In this case, for him, I’d probably not take him and just keep a close eye on him.
Post # 12
Hmmm given her age, I don’t know. That being said, our cat who is long haired. throws up about once per month. Its so much fun to clean up (insert sarcasm here).
Post # 13
My cat doesn’t throw up often, but she does occasionally. She threw up a lot last week (like 5-6 x over a 3 day period) and wouldn’t eat her dry food. We finally took her to the vet and it turned out that she had a bad infection and is on antibiotics for 10 days. I felt SO bad that we waited so long to take her, but she’s thrown up before and she was acting like herself so we figured it was normal. I wouldn’t risk it and take her immediately. I learned my lesson.
Post # 14
I would not take my four year old cat to the vet for that, but if my cat was 14, yes I would.
Post # 15
+1 on checking for worms
I have one cat who has NEVER thrown up – so if he did, I would rush him to the vet that day. But my other cat goes through bouts – seems like sometimes its related to him eating too quickly, and other times when he’s shedding a lot (he’s half Maine Coon and has a LOT of fur). Keep an eye on him over the next 24 hours – if he is eating, acting normally (not pacing or sleeping more than usual or avoiding your contact) I would say don’t worry about it – but if anything seems off its worth taking him in.
Post # 16
The vet told us that if a cat throws up more than once in a span of 20 hour, you should take him in.