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Causes and treatment for cat vomiting

Learn why cats throw up and what to do about it.

Hairballs

Cats regularly groom themselves by licking their fur, which they can then swallow. Over time, undigested hair can stick together in the stomach and form a lump, which will then be vomited up. Hairballs are generally no reason to be concerned. However, if your cat spits up hairballs daily, or grooms excessively, this could be a sign of some other condition.

Allergies

Allergies, especially food allergies, are a major cause of vomiting in cats. Common food allergies include beef, dairy, chicken, and fish. If your cat regularly throws up after eating, they may be allergic to something in their food. Environmental allergies may also cause vomiting.

Parasites

Gastrointestinal parasites, including tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms, often cause cats to vomit and have diarrhea. Worms are common in cats, especially younger cats and kittens, those that interact with other cats, and those that spend a significant amount of time outdoors.

Eating too fast or something inapproriate

Cats that eat too quickly may regurgitate their food shortly after eating. In this case, you may notice their vomit is shaped like a tube and the food looks undigested. If your cat regularly regurgitates their food, a Dutch vet can offer suggestions on how to get them to slow down.

If your cat eats a foreign object (like hair ties, rubber bands, or strings), it can get lodged in their intestines, causing them to throw up. Curious cats may also eat things like human medication, toxic plants, or poison left for pests that can lead to vomiting. Both of these situations can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening, so be sure to take them to a veterinarian immediately.

Illnesses and anxiety

A number of illnesses can cause cats to vomit — from a virus or stomach bug to more serious causes, like cancer, kidney or liver failure, digestive system disease (gastroenteritis), pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism, and nervous system disorders. Anxiety and stress may also lead to vomiting.

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  • 4. Ongoing care & follow-ups

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Frequently asked questions

What is included in a Dutch membership?

All Dutch members have unlimited video chat access to licensed U.S. veterinarians. Additionally, in certain states our vets can prescribe medication for pets. Members receive specialized treatment plans for their pet that can include medications, therapeutics, and behavioral modification advice (or a combination of all 3). A Dutch membership also includes free shipping and free, unlimited follow-ups with Dutch-affiliated vets through messaging and video calls.

Who is Dutch for?

Dutch is for dog and cat owners wanting a more cost effective and timely way to handle common pet issues. We eliminate the unnecessary vet visit as well as the stress related to getting your pet to the vet. The Dutch experience is designed to connect you with a vet via video call for general advice and recommended OTC product offerings. In certain states, vets may prescribe medication and therapeutics and our partner pharmacy will ship it right to your door.

What states does Dutch service?

As a Dutch member you can chat directly with a vet in all 50 states and access our OTC products.
If you are seeking prescription medication for your pet we currently offer telemedicine services in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

We will continue to service additional states in the coming months — stay tuned!