Q:

Why is my cat throwing up white foam?

A:

Foamy white vomit is a sign that a cat is hungry and suffering from a build-up of stomach acid, notes AssistFeed. The phenomenon is known as bilious vomiting and occurs in cats and kittens. It is easily prevented by breaking up meals into smaller chunks throughout the day, but if it persists, it is wise to contact a veterinarian.

Dr. Karen Becker on Healthy Pets cautions pet owners against believing the myth that vomiting is natural for cats; vomiting is always a sign that something is wrong, even if the problem is relatively minor. Cats usually vomit early in the morning or late at night, shortly before being fed. An easy way to prevent bilious vomiting is to maintain a consistent meal schedule or supplement the cat's diet with small treats.

AssistFeed recommends mixing dry food with some water to create a broth for the cat early in the morning to help settle its stomach before breakfast and prevent any further occurrences. If smaller, more frequent meals fails to fix the problem, a vet may be able to recommend a medication to help settle its stomach. A stuck hairball also sometimes cause foamy white vomit and can be prevented by brushing the cat regularly and increasing fiber in its diet.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Why is my cat throwing up foam?

    A:

    According to FelineCRF.org, vomiting white foam may indicate that a cat is suffering from an excess of stomach acid. The foamy vomit may be clear or white. Foamy vomit is sometimes an early indication that a cat is developing kidney disease, especially when it occurs soon after drinking water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is my puppy throwing up foam?

    A:

    VetInfo explains that stomach upset is the most common reason that dogs throw up white foam. Dogs also vomit white foam for more serious reasons, such as rabies, kennel cough, stomach ulcers or inflammatory bowel diseases.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why would a cat keep throwing up?

    A:

    While cats often vomit for minor and benign reasons such as eating too quickly or playing too much after a meal, WebMD states that frequent and reoccurring vomiting can indicate colitis, intestinal obstructions, kidney failure and other illnesses. According to Healthy Pets, some cats also chronically vomit because of hairballs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why do dogs vomit white foam?

    A:

    One of the most common reasons that dogs vomit white foam is because of an upset stomach. According to VetInfo, this often occurs if the dog drinks water too quickly, eats grass or ingests something inedible that upsets its stomach.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore