Remedy for Cat Vomiting
Does your cat throw up often? Does your cat throw up every day? It is NOT just hairballs.
If your cat throws up often, has bad breath, burps or makes gurgling noises you may want to try this easy remedy. There are many reasons for cats throwing up, but acid indigestion is a common cause. You should always take your cat to the vet first before trying anything else. If the vet agrees, try this however. In my case my vet approves of this treatment.
First of all, throwing up can be a sign of something serious so don’t assume it is “normal”. Excessive vomiting is not normal despite all the stereotypes of cats having hairballs. In fact, cats should not get many hairballs since their natural diet would include lots of fur! Fur is good for their digestion! Cats that have hairballs, may also have slow bowel motility and can have constipation as well. My boy here needs medication for both vomiting and constipation.
If you have the go ahead from your vet, you can give your cat a small portion of a Pepcid AC tablet once to twice per day. My cat gets 1/4 of a Pepcid AC twice per day. This is a common treatment for dogs but can be used for cats as well. Make sure you get Pepcid AC Original Strength, NOT Pepcid Complete which is a chewable or Pepcid AC Maximum Strength. These contains ingredients cats can’t have!!
My boy gets this every day morning and night. It is pretty easy to cut the little square pills into quarters. I cut a bunch up and keep them in a ziplock sandwich bag so they are ready to go. If he doesn’t get these, he throws up every day. With them he still throws up occasionally but not all the time! He also feels so much better. He was miserable before with the acid indigestion. He appeared to burp, made gurgling noises and had terrible breath! I feel so bad that we didn’t find this solution sooner!
Long term use of acid reducers like Pepcid can cause problems such as reducing the absorption of nutrients from food. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies. For this reason, these pills should not be given if not necessary. I am working on finding other solutions so my boy doesn’t have to stay on these forever. However, I am glad I found this solution and I think the pros outweigh the cons.
Controlling acid reflux is important because it greatly improves quality of life. Have you had acid reflux? If you have, you know how painful it can be! It can lead to ulcers, tooth decay and other problems. I think it is worth it to treat the problem with Pepcid even if it is not the great as a long term solution. A cats lifespan is shorter than human’s. A cat probably won’t be on this as many years as a person might…so there is less risk of long term damage. As soon as I find a good natural solution I will let you know! In the meantime, it is worth it to me to greatly improve my boy’s quality of life!
Pepcid AC is cheap! Since they only get 1/4 of a tablet once or twice per day, the cost for treating a dog or cat with Pepcid is pretty affordable! If your vet agrees I would defiantly give it a try! My cat is good natured so he got used to the routine of taking the pill fairly quickly. I just put my fingers on either side of his upper teeth and he opens his mouth. With my other hand I drop the pill portion on the back of his tongue. I then close his mouth and he is used to just swallowing it now. It is so small it is pretty easy!
A Natural Aid for Cat’s Digestion
Cat grass is actually wheat grass. I buy it at the grocery store in the produce section. It is cheaper and much higher quality there than “cat grass” which is exactly the same thing at a pet food store! The cat grass at the pet food stores is always dried out and full of bugs here. I don’t know if that is just because it a shipped to Alaska whereas the wheat grass is grown locally. In any case, my cats all LOVE wheat grass. They rarely throw up when they eat it unlike other plants and outdoor grass which is real grass. Wheat grass is the shoot of the wheat plant.
Grab some wheat grass at the grocery store and your cats will thank you! It also helps keep them from eating other houseplants.
Another Cause of Throwing Up and Digestive Problems and a Solution
Another cause of throwing up in cats can be a food allergy or sensitivity. My boy had this too! However, the food sensitivity caused diarrhea so when the diarrhea stopped I was pretty sure we had found a food that worked. No matter what food he is on he would still throw up but it was less with this brand. Here is the food we finally found that fixed the food sensitivity. It is amazing! Very high quality, full of super foods and much more affordable than other brands of superior quality. The brand is called Solid Gold. You can read about the brand in my review of the best natural cat food here.
You may want to try a different food for your cat if they have digestive problems. In my kitty’s case he needed both Solid Gold food for his food sensitivity and Pepcid AC. Solid Gold makes a variety of cat and dog foods for kittens, seniors, weight control and other needs. This is the variety my cats eat now. My cat didn’t do well on the rabbit variety but this one made with Pollock, and those made with chicken etc. are all great for him.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment and let me know!
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