Help! My Cat Can’t Keep Food Down & Vomits Immediately After Eating!

(Last Updated On: June 8, 2021)

Just like dogs, cats can vomit without any apparent reason. It usually happens when a cat eats too fast or if he eats too much food in a short period of time. Another reason why this might happen is that your cat has eaten something which he shouldn’t, like a mouse, bird, frog or something like that. Also, if a cat starts running around or playing with you or another cat right after a meal, chances are you will have to clean up it’s vomit.

If your cat vomits immediately after eating and then it’s not that big of a problem then he probably just has eaten something that he shouldn’t have eaten. If he is eating regularly and if his bowel movement is normal without any diarrhea, there is no reason to worry. If he’s acting normal after vomiting, then he probably got rid of the feeling sick

However, if you notice that your cat is losing interest in food and if he seems lethargic, you should contact your vet and schedule a check-up.

Cats can vomit for various reasons such as intestinal and stomach problems, infectious disease, cancer, feline diabetes and kidney failure. Perhaps your cat can’t keep dry food down? Or your cat has been throwing up alot lately. Read on to know what you should do.

When Should You Worry If Your Cat Vomits

As mentioned, you shouldn’t start panicking as soon as your cat vomits. If it keeps happening though, your cat might have a problem. Here are some things you should pay attention to.

  • Weight Loss – if your cat starts rapidly losing weight, or if he has diarrhea and blood in his vomit, you should take him to the wet.
  • Dehydration – if your cat is throwing up that could mean that he is not getting any water into his system. You should take him to the vet so that he can start with an IV.
  • Reduced movement – if you notice that your cat is lethargic and less active than usually, he might have a serious problem. Also, if you notice that he is lying down in ‘’secluded’’ places and spaces around your home, he might be pretty sick.

Help! My Cat Ate a Chicken Bone!

What Can You Do For Your Sick Cat?

If your cat vomits, you should keep him away from food and water for a couple of hours. Don’t worry, he won’t starve. This will help his stomach to recover and settle down. If he hasn’t thrown up during those couple of hours, give him a couple of tablespoons worth of water. If he manages to keep that water down, give him more. After that, you can give him a mixture of boiled potatoes or rice mixed with cottage cheese, lean hamburger or a chicken. Just remember to remove the skin from a chicken.

Control Your Cat’s Weight And Diet

Cats are predators. They are carnivores. If you look at a cat, you can instantly tell that they were created to hunt. They have sharp teeth, short intestines, strong digestive systems and sharp claws and that is why holistic practitioners believe that cats should eat raw food. Dry cat food which you buy in your local store or a pet shop is choke-full of carbohydrates. Now think about it, if your cat, who is a carnivore, eats too many carbs, what will happen? Your kitty will pack on weight, and it can really mess up his digestive system.

The important thing to know is that you can’t change your cat’s diet all of a sudden because it may lead to even more health problems. Instead, gradually replace the dry, store-bought food with a raw, fresh and unprocessed foods.

Best Diet For Your Cat

Since store-bought food, is full of carbs which can cause problems for your cat, you should try feeding them wet canned food or fresh, raw meat. Canned cat food contains much more moisture which helps the digestive system of your cat. Fresh, raw meat is also much easier to digest than a bunch of carbs. Also, if you notice that your cat is throwing up hairballs covered in bile, you should start adding green sprout to your cat’s meals.

If your cat is coughing up hairballs on a regular basis, it might indicate that there’s a problem with their digestion. Avoid buying remedies since they are often full of sugar and petroleum which is unhealthy. Instead, add a little cod liver oil into your cat’s food.

Is Your Cat Active?

If you have only one cat and you live in an apartment, chances are your cat is not getting enough exercise. Combine that with a carb-rich diet, and you will get a bunch of health problems. You should find at least one hour a day to play with your cat. This will help your cat with any minor digestion problems and it will ease any stress they might have.


If your cat vomits, don’t panic. If your kitty is acting healthy and if he is eating without any problems, the chances are that the problem will solve itself. You just have to keep an eye on your cat’s diet, the level of activity, weight, and stool. If you notice drastic changes in the physique or the behavior of your cat, contact your vet and schedule an appointment.

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