Why is my cat throwing up foam?

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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.

VCA Animal Hospital states that some vomiting is normal for cats. Cats groom themselves regularly, and it is hard for them to digest the hair that is swallowed in the grooming process. If a cat's vomit contains hair, it is likely to be healthy vomit and not an indication that the cat is suffering from disease. Owners should not be alarmed by the occasional episode of vomiting, foamy or otherwise, unless the vomit contains blood.

Acute vomiting episodes, in which vomiting is experienced for several days but not otherwise, can indicate a number of illnesses and ailments in cats. Many cases respond well to symptomatic treatment, which involves giving the cat moist foods to increase fluid intake and prevent dehydration. Some veterinarians also prescribe medications to control vomiting or relieve inflammation when cats are experiencing acute vomiting. If the cat does not respond to these treatments, additional tests, such as an endoscopy, X-ray or blood test, may be performed. The results of these tests are then used to look for more serious causes of acute vomiting, such as intestinal blockages or the presence of foreign bodies in the digestive tract.

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It is common for this to happen to cats, and as long as it is eating and drinking normally along with the foam, I wouldn't worry too much. If they AREN'T eating, better see a vet.
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It likely ate something that upset its stomach, or it could have another painful condition (such as a urinary tract infection) that is causing it to become upset enough to vomit.
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Despite similar results, vomiting and regurgitation are two different behaviors. Both result in the expulsion of stomach contents, but the difference lies in the degree of digestion
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yes, it is a good idea to take her to the vet. my cats threw up before, but that was because he overate. i'm sorry that i don't have experience with this, but the best thing to do
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Why Is My Cat Throwing Up Foam?
Vomiting in cats may be a sign of a very serious health problem. It’s important to consult your veterinarian if your cat is constantly vomiting. Cats may vomit a foamy substance for several reasons.... More »
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