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6. What if your cat vomits a lot?

Seeing your cat vomit can be upsetting. But try not to worry — vomiting is quite common and usually inconsequential in our feline friends. These naturally inquisitive creatures often consume some pretty unsavory “snacks,” and vomiting is nature’s way of getting rid of the offending morsels. Vomiting may also be caused by hairballs, which are normal byproducts of grooming.

More serious causes of vomiting include viral infections, intestinal obstructions, kidney disease, diseases of the digestive system and various types of cancer. In most cases, vomiting that lasts less than a few days doesn’t need to be treated, though you may want to withhold food for 24 hours. If your cat is vomiting for more than 48 hours, or if the vomit contains blood, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Help for Hairballs
To keep hair balls under control, try brushing your cat on a regular basis. It’ll keep the hairballs in check and foster bonding between you and your feline friend.

5. Why would a cat refuse to eat and drink?

Having a pet that refuses food and water can be pretty alarming, and rightfully so, considering that not many creatures last long without these basic staples. But keep in mind that cats are extremely finicky creatures. Changing their food or feeding routines can cause them to refuse food and water for a short time. Cats may also go on brief hunger strikes in response to environmental stressors, such as the presence of guests in your home. If this is the case, don’t worry. Your furry friend will be grazing again in no time.

However, there are also many illnesses that can cause an animal to refuse food and water, including dental infections and intestinal disease. If your cat goes more than 48 hours without eating or drinking, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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9:09AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks

2:56AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

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2:43AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Great article! Thanks for sharing.

2:32AM PDT on May 28, 2013

thank you for the good advice

4:37PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thanks for the good advice !!

4:13AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Very useful article, thanks for posting.

4:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks

7:14AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Great information, thanks so much...

10:31PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Samantha thank you for this information. Our Kismet, aka Kizzy is 14 already and he knows the 'drills' for cutting his nails, and brushing his thick beautiful Persian fur to avoid fur balls... that only happens in my dreams! Seriously though, he is showing signs of problems such as severe weight loss even though he is eating and drinking albeit much less these days.
When we adopted him we were told he was found abandoned in a field, and if cats have memories like humans do, then it would stand to reason that fear was his early experience and remains to this day. He panics when I get him ready to go to the vet. All comforts mean nothing. And now, I just worry that this may be his last trip::( If you have any advice please do not hesitate to send me a message. Thanks again Samantha and Care2 feline loving friends .

2:45PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

MY CAT SEEMS TO EAT GRASS ALOT. I KNOW ITS TO TRY AND BRING A FURBALL UP, I WAS TOLD, OR THAT ITS THEIR MEDICINE. DUZ ANYBODY KNOW THE REASON ?

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