My Cat Has a Vomiting Problem

Question from Arlene:

My Himmy, Misha is almost 18 (12/21). He is healthy, his coat is shiny and thick, and his appetite is strong. At his age, he is not too active, but sometimes he still wants to play for a little while. The only problem I have is that almost every day he vomits. Not food or hairballs, but a loose, watery stuff. Nothing solid at all. I hesitate taking him to the vet, because whenever I do, he comes home sicker. He is very high strung. I hope you can help me. Thank you.

Answer from Amy:

Hi Arlene,

Your cat is probably vomiting bile on an empty stomach.

There are many reasons that cause a cat to vomit. Cats seem to have a more sensitive digestive tract than most other species. Some cats retch frequently, but do not show signs of illness such as weight loss, dehydration, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. It is difficult to determine the culprit of vomiting in these cats.

Most of cats’ vomiting problems are caused by consuming things they cannot digest. However, other common causes are inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, heartworms, cholangiohepatitis, pancreatitis and cancer according to Dr. Mike Richards. Also, Infectious diseases or parasites can induce vomiting. Physical obstructions in the digestive tract can also upset a cat’s stomach, but sometimes it is accompanied by foul odor from the rear and loss of appetite.


First of all, you can try to figure out the severity of your cat’s vomiting. If he is retching frequently and losing more water than he could replenish, it is important to have him seen by a vet ASAP. Severe vomiting can indicate an obstruction in the digestive system. Physical obstructions are usually treated with IV fluids, but sometimes they can only be removed surgically. However, if the vomiting is intermittent and your cat is able to retain water, you can try the following home remedies recommended by Nelson Animal Hospital.

Fasting –

If the cause of vomiting is due to inflammatory bowel, put your cat on a liquid diet for 24 hours which consists of proper amounts of water only. This will allow your cat’s stomach to heal by itself. After the first 24 hours, you can gradually introduce solid food by offering plain, bland cooked white rice in an equivalent amount that you normally feed your cat. On the third day, you can start mixing rice with his regular food, but do not go completely back to regular food until after the third day.

Tea –

We often drink peppermint tea to help us cope with upset stomaches. This ancient remedy can also be used in cats. Prepare a cup of peppermint tea and let it cool. The tea should be cold, caffeine-free, sugar-free, weak, and offered in small amounts – around 1 tablespoon of it. Your cat may not like the taste. If he cannot drink it directly, you can try to add it in his food.

Food Allergens –

If your cat has a chronic vomiting problem. A change of diet may just help. A premium and a more natural food usually works better for cats with chromic digestive problems. [See Top Dry and Wet Cat Food Choice]

Hair Balls –

If a cat is vomiting hairballs, you should be able to find hair in the vomit. You can check out [How to Get Rid of Hairballs] to find out more about treating hairball problems.

If none of the above remedies works, you should definitely seek advice from your veterinarian and obtain a diagnosis for your cat. Good luck and keep me posted.



This post is not written by a veterinarian. It is purely served as information purposes only. You should always seek veterinary attention for proper treatment for your cat if you notice any health issue or abnormal behavior.


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4 Responses to “My Cat Has a Vomiting Problem”

  1. aliaa el sherif says:

    my cat doesn’t eat almost anything from 6 days.. she doesn’t seem sick at all but she look so sad. she have never been that way before. of course she has been sad before but she never quite food that way before. i am really worry about her and i don’t know what to do. should i take her to a vet? or what should i do

    • Amy says:

      Loss of appetite can indicate an underlining illness. You should definitely take her to see a vet soon. please keep me posted.

  2. Wendy says:

    My 16 yr old has thyroid & urninary problems. His urine is very concentrated this means it is more stronger than normal. When I clean the litter box it’s enough to bowl you over (smell). His thyroid issues I deal with all the time, he’s lost a considerable amount of weight, but only to gain back 2.5lbs. He’s really skinny and his hair isn’t as shiny as it used to be. I truly feel sorry for him, but I guess this is how it is when your not feeling so great. I’ve gone from Iams food to Science Hill to Purina’s Pro-plan. It’s the only one so far he’s kept down. When I came back from holidays recently he had vomited 3 times on my chaise lounge. He was on Sasha’s blend to help with his arthritic issues, he also was on an ear gel to help with his thyroid but his ear became quite pink, & that concerned me. So now he’s on nothing, but I’m going to reintroduce the Sasha’s blend again, so if this doesnt help then I guess I’ll be seeing a herbalist for him.

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